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Matt Jones Feuds With North Carolina Host Josh Graham Over College Hoops

“It started when new Wake Forest basketball coach Steve Forbes, shamed the University of Kentucky’s academics during an appearance on Graham’s Triad radio show The Drive on WSJS The Sports Hub.”

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We have ourselves a good ol’ radio war brewing in the southeast as Kentucky’s Matt Jones and Josh Graham of North Carolina exchange jabs. Regardless of who you agree with, Graham seems to be the winner solely because he has more to gain.

Jones has the bigger platform with his self-made brand, Kentucky Sports Radio. He’s used to battling headlining adversaries like Mitch McConnell, but that won’t stop him from firing back at the Triad radio host. 

It started when new Wake Forest basketball coach Steve Forbes, shamed the University of Kentucky’s academics during an appearance on Graham’s Triad radio show The Drive on WSJS The Sports Hub. With Olivier Sarr choosing to transfer to Kentucky for his senior season, Forbes told Graham what he asked the now former Wake Forest center. 

“I think the most important thing is, why would you go to Wake for three years, put all that time in for a prestigious degree, and end up getting your degree at a place like Kentucky?” Forbes told Graham of his conversation with Sarr.

Forbes’ comments were discussed nationally on shows such as ESPN’s PTI and Dan Le Batard’s Highly Questionable. Naturally, Kentucky Sports Radio opened their Wednesday show with the topic, garnering a listen from Graham and the Triad radio host didn’t like what he heard. Graham then went on his show and ripped KSR, calling out inaccuracies and poking fun at Jones’ accent

“Control your own damn show, dawg,” Graham said on-air Wednesday evening. 

“If you’re going to take shots at Wake Forest, at least come correct…Nobody’s confusing your radio show with Colin Cowherd. Nobody’s confusing your radio show with anything other than some guys hanging together in Kentucky. Some slap-words I can’t say on the radio,” Graham continued. “I think that we could do their radio show better than they could.”

Graham’s advice caught the attention of Jones, who vowed to punch back. 

It’s been an interesting first week for the new Wake Forest men’s basketball coach. Beginning with an odd intro video which featured some uncomfortable acting and continuing with a dig at the University of Kentucky. But without much sports to react to right now, credit these two radio hosts for furthering the story and giving us some entertaining content to follow.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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