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Ric Butler Exits FOX Sports Knoxville

Butler has been with the station since 2017.

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Ric Butler has announced his departure from Fox Sports Knoxville and The Drive, which airs from 3-6 p.m. CT. The afternoon drive host released the news on Twitter, confirming that he is staying in the Knoxville area, with a new venture coming soon.

“Friday will be my last day with Fox Sports Knoxville,” Butler wrote in the note posted on Twitter. “I couldn’t be possibly more grateful for the last four years. Fox Sports Knoxville gave me my first opportunity in the business and I never expected what it would turn into. I have more great memories than I could possibly count.”

Butler joined the station as a 20-year-old University of Tennessee student that was in search of a sense of community in the city. He found it in Fox Sports Knoxville.

“I’ll never be able to tell Russell [Smith] and Nate [Hodges] thank you enough for everything they did for me,” Ric Butler said. “I joined FSK when I was a sophomore at UT and really didn’t have many friends. Hell, I was trying to transfer out of UT at the time. Nate and Rusell watched over me, always lent a helping hand, and always believed in me.”

Ric Butler helped launch The Blitz, which airs on the station from 10-12 p.m. CT. The show is built around a fast-paced, rapid-fire style show, hitting all the sports stories locally and around the nation.

“I’ll never forget launching a brand new radio show with my friends – The Blitz. To Brandon, Chance, Westin, Charley, and everybody else that joined our show, thank you for the most fun of my life.”

Butler’s final broadcast of The Drive is this afternoon as he says goodbye to the station that’s shaped the early years of his career. Catch the last show from 3-6 p.m. CT on fanrunradio.com.

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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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