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Get Up Debates Reggie Bush’s Playboy Interview

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One of the larger debate topics that exists in college sports is whether or not athletes should be compensated for their “name, image, and likeness.” The NCAA has given their support to changing the rules on this subject. However, the rules could not be changed until 2021-22 at the earliest. The topic has come up once again in debate recently. 

In an interview with Playboy, former USC running back and current FOX College Football analysts Reggie Bush gave these comments on what the new rules could do for athletes today when he was asked about wanting to be a coach someday: 

“Guidance is the one thing that young athletes coming through the college system miss on so much. I missed on it. They’re about to start paying college athletes. This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.”

Bush took some issue with ESPN talking about the situation on Monday and tweeted that ESPN should take down the article for taking his quotes out of context. However, Bush would not talk to ESPN further in another tweet that was later deleted, but its currently on Awful Announcing

On Tuesday, Get Up weighed in on the subject as Mike Greenberg talked with Laura Rutledge, Paul Finebaum, and Jalen Rose to talk about the affect the new rules could have on players. Rose talked about the foundation quote to begin the conversation as a former high-profile collegiate athlete. 

The athlete should major in sports while they are in college. Learn public relations, learn how to be a trainer/doctors, learn the jobs within sports. If the professional sport isn’t for you, you can still get a job in that profession. So many times, when athletes are done with college, they can’t get a job in sports. That dynamic needs to change.” 

Of course, some might argue that Bush should not be the one giving these comments after he chose to give up his 2005 Heisman Trophy for receiving benefits while at USC. Finebaum is one of those people who backs that argument.

“College football has many filters. I don’t mean to shoot the messenger here. You can’t forget he [Bush] disgraced his school, he had a Heisman taken away from him. I’d rather go to Tom Brady for a golf lesson than to Reggie Bush for advice on what to do in college. I think he’s trying to cover up the mistakes he made without taking responsibility.”

Rose disagreed with this point saying that “experience is the best teacher.” He would add that it’s important that athletes should learn how to use their money, saying young people should not be taking “ballet, basket weaving, teach them how to manage their money and their situation. It’s the score of the game and the game of life.” 

Give credit to ESPN for not going after Bush after Bush tweeted at them to retract the story, but also using his point to talk about a larger issue in the world of college sports.

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Matt Ryan Joining CBS Sports As Guest Analyst This Weekend

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is joining CBS Sports this weekend as a guest analyst.

Ryan will appear on That Other Pregame Show on CBS Sports Network at its regularly scheduled time of 9:00 AM ET before joining The NFL Today at 2:00 PM ET on CBS. The NFL Today — which usually airs from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET — begins at 2:00 PM ET before the network’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills at 3:00.

He will bring a fresh perspective to the CBS shows, after defeating two of the four remaining teams in the AFC.

The on-air opportunity could be viewed as a tryout of sorts for the 37-year-old quarterback. Ryan struggled in his first season with Indianapolis, playing in 12 of the team’s 17 games after being benched at the behest of owner Jim Irsay. Ryan was later reinserted to the starting lineup after the franchise fired head coach Frank Reich and replaced him with ESPN NFL analyst Jeff Saturday, before he was ultimately removed once more.

It is not the first broadcasting role Ryan has held. In 2020 — while still a member of the Atlanta Falcons — he hosted a 12-hour radiothon on 680 The Fan for Advance The Lives, a charity focused on combatting systemic barriers Black youth face in the greater Atlanta area.

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Mike Tirico: I Sound Like I Want to Be At The Game Because I Do

“People have said ‘When we watch the game, we feel like you want to be there,’ and I do.”

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Mike Tirico has received high marks from critics for his work over the closing weeks of the NFL season, as well as his initial playoff game that saw the Bengals defeat the Baltimore Ravens in thrilling fashion. He told ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy he has been blessed with nice compliments.

“They’re fun. They’re why you do this. It’s why you’re sitting there on a Tuesday night at 10 o’clock asking ‘Do I have to watch another game of Jacksonville’s?’ It pays off. People have been very kind. The nicest thing that I’ve received from people that has made me– to be brutally honest with you — feel good is that people have said ‘When we watch the game, we feel like you want to be there,’ and I do.

“Other than being at home with my family, there’s no place I’d rather be. And every week, before I do the game, I take a little picture on my phone during the national anthem from our spot. It’s just great to look back. You’re sitting in the best spot, with all these cameras and all these TVs and all these stats. A 17-time Emmy Award winner in Cris Collinsworth right next to you. You are so lucky to do this, and I enjoy every second of it.”

Tirico’s excitement and enthusiasm were compared to his NBC cohort Al Michaels, who received heavy criticism for a perceived lack of enthusiasm as the Jacksonville Jaguars completed one of the largest comebacks in NFL history to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in the Super Wild Card Round. Michaels dismissed the criticism as “internet compost“.

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Tom Brady To Take a Month Before Deciding To Return to NFL or Go to FOX

“Maybe he doesn’t want to broadcast, and that’s a standing offer. It’s not like he has to take it right now.”

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Tom Brady is 45 years old. His future will be a source of speculation every year at the end of the NFL season. The end of the current season is no different, but a 10-year, $375 million deal with FOX is an element that has not been in the mix before. Jordan Schultz says that could stretch out the timeline before we get any certainty from the GOAT.

“He wants to take a month or two to really evaluate everything he has,” The Score’s NFL insider told Pat McAfee on Friday. “That means on the field, off the field, I think there are a couple of really important things to consider.”

Those things for Tom Brady are his family and his goals. Schultz pointed out that Brady has two kids living in Miami, which makes the Dolphins a realistic option for next season. He also has a son living in New York, so the Jets cannot be ruled out. The Las Vegas Raiders were also mentioned as a potential landing spot.

Schultz described Brady’s deal with FOX as “the elephant in the room” right now. The dollar figure is making the decision hard, but it likely will not be the determining factor.

“The thing you miss the most is the guys and the camaraderie, maybe not the grind of football, but those guys and those experiences,” Schultz said. “You don’t get that in the booth, but you do get the money and the lack of stress.”

Complicating the decision is the fact that Brady is not under a time crunch with FOX. The network doesn’t appear to be taking the offer off the table if he is not in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt by a pre-determined date.

“Maybe he doesn’t want to broadcast, and that’s a standing offer. It’s not like he has to take it right now.”

Jordan Schultz says that based on what he has heard, it is more likely that FOX will have to keep waiting. While it isn’t clear exactly what Brady’s goal for 2023 is, Schultz said he would be surprised to see Brady retire now.

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