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Lane Kiffin: ‘I’m Sure I Increased Michael Wilbon’s Ratings’

“The offensive-minded head coach told Patrick that people asked if he had wronged Wilbon before.”

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Courtesy: The Dan Patrick Show

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Ole Miss Football head coach Lane Kiffin made news throughout this week, and Kiffin gave his first on the record thoughts regarding the media scuffle to Dan Patrick.

Kiffin appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to discuss his team’s massive game against Alabama this weekend, but Patrick wanted to get some back story on why Wilbon has such a big problem with Kiffin. 

Wilbon went off on Kiffin’s career during a Pardon The Interruption segment earlier this week. He labeled Kiffin “a clown,” while saying he “has been an embarrassment everywhere he goes,” and summed him up as nothing more than “a cute little story for guys like us who have to talk about sports every day.”

“Yeah, it’s interesting from a guy I’ve never met,” Kiffin said to Patrick when asked about the comments. “So, someone sent it to me. I was like, ‘wow, that’s pretty aggressive,’ that was more kinda like a chat room or a Tennessee fan or something like that, not a national media member.”

Kiffin clapped back at Wilbon on Twitter Tuesday with an angry-face and praying emoji to ensure Wilbon that he is keeping him in his holy thoughts.

“And way to go out on a limp and pick the number one team in the country at home who is a huge favorite,” Kiffin continued on Twitter. “How long did you watch film to come up with that surprise pick??? Really Newsworthy captain obvious.”

The offensive-minded head coach told Patrick that people asked if he had wronged Wilbon before. 

“People are like, ‘did you do something wrong to this guy?’ I’ve never met him,” Kiffin claimed. “So whatever, I’m sure it increased his ratings.”

Kiffin is one of the most active college football coaches on Twitter, and it seems to be working as this week, #12 Ole Miss reached its highest ranking in either the AP or Coaches Poll since Oct. 2016.

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Jason Martin Exits 104.5 The Zone

According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from 104.5 The Zone’s morning show.

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According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone morning show.

The station website now shows Ramon Foster as the sole host from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, while Twitter users claim the station’s Buck Reising said Martin is no longer with the station.

The morning show’s former Twitter handle @JMartAndRamon no longer exists, being replaced by @RamonAndWill, appearing to pair Ramon Foster with producer Will Boling.

Martin joined 104. The Zone’s morning show in August of 2020, and agreed to a multi-year contract in September of that year.

This is a developing story. More information will be added when available.

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Portland Trail Blazers TV, Radio Broadcasts To Call Away Games Remotely

Rip City Radio 620’s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.

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Portland Trail Blazers broadcasters will have a different vantage point for away games during the 2022-2023 season.

Rip City Radio 620‘s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.

“They will not be sending radio or television on the road with their team,” Jaynes said. “Also, what I’ve heard and I’ve tried to check this out, I have not found any other team in the league that’s doing this.”

On Twitter, a user asked Jaynes if potentially the broadcast crew asked to not travel, which Jaynes said did not happen while noting the broadcasters will “enjoy more time at home”.

Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd make up the Trail Blazers television crew on ROOT Sports, while Travis Demers serves as the radio play-by-play announcer. Rip City Radio 620 is the flagship of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.

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97.5 ESPN Hosts Want Ian Eagle to Broadcast Deshaun Watson’s Return to Houston

“Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn? I don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely. I don’t want Tom McCarthy and Tiki Barber.”

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The Wheelhouse

The news of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s 11-game suspension was the story of the day in sports talk radio on Thursday, and for good reason.

Watson will be eligible to return to the Browns in Week 13 following the team’s bye week. It just so happens that Cleveland is scheduled to play at Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, in Week 13.

Call it fate, or call it a calculated move by the NFL. ESPN Houston host Brad Kellner said on The Wheelhouse on Thursday that the league knew what they were doing when they landed on an 11-game suspension for Watson.

“This is the umpteenth time that the NFL has made a decision for money and ratings,” Kellner said. “This is what they do. It’s why they’re king. Of course they’re opening themselves up to criticism. But oh my god, that game, the ticket sales and the TV ratings? It’s gonna be maybe the most-watched NFL game the entire year.”

With it being an AFC matchup, CBS will likely carry coverage of the much anticipated contest. Host Cody Stoots said those tuning in to watch everything unfold on television shouldn’t expect the network to shuffle the assignment deck and have its top broadcast team on the call.

“From a TV perspective, you’re not gonna get Nantz and Romo and Tracy Wolfson,” Stoots said. “They’re gonna do the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals that week, just looking at the schedule. But you gotta get the number two team to the Texans/Browns, though. Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn? I don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely. I don’t want Tom McCarthy and Tiki Barber.”

Stoots, Kellner and Jake Asman both tossed around the idea of the game being flexed to NBC for Sunday night, but Kellner said the game will likely stay where it is on the schedule.

“They might just leave it at noon to try to minimize the headlines, even though they could’ve done that a lot better by giving him a full season suspension,” Kellner said.

Stoots added that having the game kick off at noon local time would probably be the smartest thing for the league to do in an effort to downplay Watson’s return. But the broadcast crew calling the game won’t be the bottom of the barrel either.

“They’re gonna act like it’s not a big deal, and you shouldn’t be focusing on this game, and then all of a sudden Ian Eagle is going to call his first Texans game all season, because they don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely breaking it down,” Stoots said.

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