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Mike Golic Wants Former Notre Dame Player in NBC Booth

“We’ve had what? USC, a couple of Boston College guys, a Purdue guy, and Jason Garrett, a former head coach. Like I said, there’s plenty of ND alum out there. Let’s start to move the goalposts that way as an analyst.”

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Mike Golic Sr. has not been shy about what he wants to see and hear when he turns on NBC to watch Notre Dame football. He wants analysis from fellow former Fighting Irish players.

Golic was on his son’s GoJo Show on Friday and the topic of Stanford’s interest in Jason Garrett came up. The NBC analyst is one of two reported finalists to become the school’s next head football coach.

Certainly there is less stress in TV than there is in coaching, but Mike Golic Jr. gets why a job like Stanford could appeal to someone that has seen life away from football.

“It’s a great gig if you like being comfortable in a nice, warm place that doesn’t expect you to win like you’re in the SEC West.”

Senior noted that if Garrett, who graduated from Princeton, does take the job, NBC will have a job to fill. Last year, he told BSM’s Brian Noe that he would be ready to call Fighting Irish football if he ever got the chance.

On the GoJo Show, he amended that a bit to say that there is no reason anyone other than a former Notre Dame player should be Jac Collinsworth’s partner.

“There’s enough former Notre Dame players in the media business that could do that,” the elder Golic said. “We’ve had what? USC, a couple of Boston College guys, a Purdue guy, and Jason Garrett, a former head coach. Like I said, there’s plenty of ND alum out there. Let’s start to move the goalposts that way as an analyst.”

This is a common complaint and debate amongst Notre Dame fans and media critics. Many of them make the same suggestion whenever the idea of filling the analyst role with a former Golden Domer comes up, but Golic urges everyone to be realistic in their expectations.

“I know a lot of people think the main guy or the number one guy could be Brady Quinn, but he is locked down at FOX pretty well there with his morning show and their college pregame show.”

It should be noted that late Friday night, Jason Garrett took to Twitter to say that he was no longer pursuing the Stanford job. He intends to remain at NBC.

As an independent program, Notre Dame does not have a TV deal with a conference. Instead, the school negotiated directly with NBC and has seen all of its home football games air on the network since the beginning of the 1991 season. The most recent agreement between the two sides runs through the end of the 2025 season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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No Conspiracy Behind ESPN Monday Night Playoff Game Selection

“The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience.”

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ESPN has only carried NFL playoff games on Monday night for two seasons but has been a part of wild card weekends dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.

With the exception of one season, a 4-seed versus 5-seed matchup has always been covered by the Monday Night Football broadcast team in that stretch of nine seasons. That continued with Cowboys/Bucs this year.

In 2021-22, with the NFL expanding the playoff field to seven teams, the first Monday night playoff game was played. The Rams cruised past the Cardinals 34-11.

Last week, the decision was the source of much speculation. TV executives shared a number of theories about why ESPN landed the game that had the most star power in the Super Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post wrote that no speculation was necessary. The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience. The new format, the games that have a likelihood of altering seeding for the divisional rounds have already been played.

The 4/5 games this weekend proved to be pretty entertaining. The Jaguars rallied from down 27 to beat the Chargers. Al Michaels and Tony Dungy were ripped on social media for how they called a particularly exhilarating game for NBC. So it turns out Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would’ve called either one of the weekend’s best games.

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