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Urban Meyer Report in The Athletic Prompts Reaction All Over Sports Radio

“How do you not know who Aaron Donald is? That’s the wild part.”

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A lengthy article published Monday in The Athletic, which detailed the dysfunction and turmoil inside the Jacksonville Jaguars complex during Urban Meyer’s brief tenure as head coach, took sports media by storm.

The piece written by Jayson Jenks and Mike Sando quoted sources and anonymous players and team staffers who said the former Florida and Ohio State coach was unhinged.

Instances of Meyer belittling players, coaches and staff members, threatening people’s jobs, and even going as far as to say if a player got cut they couldn’t get a job paying more than $15 an hour made the rounds on sports radio.

“This thing is not great for the Urban Meyer era,” Pat McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk on The Pat McAfee Show.

McAfee referred to the Jaguars as “Clahn Tahn” after Jacksonville beat the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18 to eliminate Indy from playoff contention. It was in reference to Jags fans who showed up to the game wearing clown noses and make-up as a call to make wholesale changes within the organization. He said it was clear there were problems but in terms of how bad it really was based on the reporting.

“We could never tell from the outside that was the case,” said McAfee.

One of the items in the story that sent a lot of hosts’ heads spinning was Meyer apparently being unfamiliar with some of the top players in the league, including Los Angeles Rams defensive star Aaron Donald.

“How do you not know who Aaron Donald is?” Shan Shariff said on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ in Dallas. “That’s the wild part.”

Over on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, the whole gang couldn’t help but laugh as they tried to wrap their heads around it.

“This is after he said he did a six-month deep dive into the NFL,” Stugotz said. “I mean, Jesus Christ.”

“This cannot be true,” Le Batard added.

Filling in for Greeny on ESPN Radio, Courtney Cronin said the article should be damning enough that it will ensure Meyer doesn’t coach again at the highest levels of football.

“I don’t know if Urban Meyer is ever going to have another job ever again when stuff like this continues to come out,” she said. “He most certainly will never see the NFL level again. Which college program is going to hire him as a coach knowing that he has to groom young people to be upstanding members of society and teach them how to do things the right way when he can’t do anything the right way?”

Meyer has yet to make any public statements to corroborate or refute claims in the article, and there’s no telling he ever will. He has, in the last week or so, taken a new job on the board of a foundation aimed at paying Ohio State football and basketball players for doing charity work.

McAfee figured when you factor in Meyer’s side of the story, the truth isn’t at the end of either extreme.

“Truth probably lies somewhere in the middle,” he said. “But that was a failure. An absolutely abysmal failure.”

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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