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Bruce Feldman: ‘I Expect Ed Orgeron To Be On TV Next Season’

“Feldman told Finebaum that he expects Ed Orgeron to be all in for one year on TV and then decide on his future.”

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College football has not had a more colorful character in recent years than Ed Orgeron. He is unemployed this year after being fired by LSU mid-way through last season and there is a lot of speculation about what he might do next.

On Thursday’s edition of The Paul Finebaum Show, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and FOX Sports sounded pretty confident in his prediction.

“My guess is he is probably going to do TV in some form next year,” Feldman said. “I don’t know if that means he will be a colleague of yours at SEC Network and ESPN or you know, where he ends up.”

Feldman dismissed any concerns about the audience being able to understand Ed Orgeron. He compared the coach’s gruff Cajun accent to his FOX colleague David Ortíz. He noted that Ortíz is the network’s most popular baseball analyst despite speaking with a heavy Dominican accent.

Success in television, especially in an analyst role Feldman says, is largely about the audience liking your stories and being loyal to you. Certainly, Orgeron can provide that. The question then becomes what is the right way to use him?

“I don’t see him going to be some game analyst or anything like that,” Bruce Feldman told Finebaum. “He’ll probably be in somebody’s studio for pregame or halftime analysis.”

Like BSM’s own Demetri Ravanos, Feldman thinks Orgeron could be very successful in television. There will always be some lingering concerns about his dedication though. After all, the man does have a national championship to his name as a head coach.

Feldman told Finebaum that he expects Ed Orgeron to be all in for one year on TV and then decide on his future. However, he pointed out that Ed Orgeron already had his dream job as head coach of LSU, the team he grew up rooting for. Maybe there is nothing left in the coaching world that interests him like that.

“I don’t see him wanting to be somebody’s defensive line coach again and I’m not sure what kind of head coaching job realistically he’d want to jump into.”

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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