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Jake Muhleisen Joins Nebraska Radio Booth

Brandon Contes

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Former captain of the Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball team, Jake Muhleisen will be in the radio booth as their color analyst this season, working alongside play-by-play announcer Kent Pavelka on the broadcast.

After playing as a four-year starter for Nebraska from 2001 to 2005, Muhleisen spent two years as a graduate assistant under head coach Dana Altman at Creighton.  Muhleisen decided the long hours it takes to be a college basketball coach weren’t for him and the former Cornhusker entered the banking industry.  With his new radio analyst position, Muhleisen will continue his responsibilities as vice president at Union Bank & Trust in Lincoln, NE.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Husker radio broadcast team and work alongside Kent Pavelka for the upcoming 2018-2019 basketball season,” Muhleisen said in a news release. “I am fortunate to work for such a great company in Union Bank & Trust that encourages their employees to follow their passions outside of work, and my customers will continue to be my top priority during the Husker basketball season. The Huskers have a great core of returning players and I appreciate the opportunity from Coach (Tim) Miles, Kent, David Witty, Mike Elliott and the rest of the Husker Sports Network staff. I look forward to a great season of Husker hoops.”

Muhleisen will replace Matt Davison in the radio booth.  Davison was promoted to associate athletic director for football after Nebraska hired Scott Frost as the program’s head coach.  Muhleisen is not totally new to the Nebraska radio booth, having filled in for Davison during the course of the last five seasons.

Muhleisen’s first game as a full-time radio broadcaster will come on November 1st, when the Cornhuskers match up against Wayne State in an exhibition game.  Muhleisen’s partner on the broadcast, Kent Pavelka will begin his 34th season calling Nebraska basketball.  Pavelka is in the midst of his second tenure with the Cornhuskers, having served as their play-by-play voice from 1974-1996 and rejoining the booth in 2006.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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