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Bob Wischusen Angers Kansas State Fanbase

“As Wischusen later noted, his home state of New Jersey is joked about plenty, often referred to as the “armpit of America.”

Brandon Contes

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As Kansas State’s football team enjoyed an exciting 48-41 victory over Oklahoma Saturday, local fans were upset with a comment from ABC play-by-play announcer Bob Wischusen.

The Kansas State Wildcats play their home games in a stadium named after former coach Bill Snyder, who also has a local highway with his name on it. “What does it say about the football stadium and literally, like, the only paved road into town named after the same guy?” Wischusen asked while complimenting the popularity of the former Kansas State coach. K-State fans and locals, however, didn’t appreciate the comment.

As Wischusen later noted, his home state of New Jersey is joked about plenty, often referred to as the “armpit of America.” Boasting more than one paved highway of its own, New Jersey’s roads aren’t exactly revered, filled with jughandles and potholes. 

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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ACC Network Expands Women’s Basketball, Baseball Tournament Coverage

A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network.

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ESPN and Raycom have struck a deal to make ACC Network the television home of the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments, beginning with the 2023 season.

A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network. Previously, the championship events had been distributed on Bally Sports South, which confused viewers.

“We are thrilled. This is a significant moment that will enhance these premier events and provide much-needed access to our fans,” Phillips said. “We appreciate ESPN, Raycom Sports, and Bally for mutually agreeing to make this happen.”

ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the championship games for both the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments.

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Michael McCarthy: Craig Carton Will Debut On FS1 Within Month, Nick Wright Not Leaving

“That doesn’t mean viewers should expect Wright to be Craig Carton’s partner on television.”

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Michael McCarthy is the guest this week on The Jason Barrett Podcast. The Front Office Sports scribe is plugged into what is happening at FOX, and Barrett asked him to shed some light on the morning situation at FS1.

Jenna Wolfe recently announced her departure from First Things First. It is widely assumed that it is the first of many changes on the show to make way for WFAN’s Craig Carton, who will be starting his own morning show for the company.

“I think that Carton’s gonna get on the air literally within the next month,” McCarthy said. “I think the Jenna Wolfe move was the first in re-casting. It wouldn’t really surprise me to see some of the people from First Things First pop up on other shows.”

There is bound to be speculation about who is and isn’t safe amongst the First Things First cast. Michael McCarthy said one name no one needs to be worried about is Nick Wright.

McCarthy says he has been told by multiple people that FOX is high on Wright and has big plans for him.

“They think of him as the next Skip, the next Cowherd. So I think if anyone is sitting in a position to either of those talents at FOX, it’s Nick Wright. That’s how highly they think about him.”

That doesn’t mean viewers should expect Wright to be Craig Carton’s partner on television. McCarthy, who is a New Yorker, knows that not everyone is capable of being a good partner to the WFAN afternoon host. Not only is Nick Wright likely not a good fit for the role, but McCarthy couldn’t say who currently on the FOX payroll is.

“You really have to be secondary to [Carton’s] personality. He’s the show. So if you’re an Acho or a Marcellus or something like that, used to being the show, and you get together with a Carton, Carton’s gonna try and dominate the show. There could be a real clash of egos there.”

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Joe Buck: ‘I Feel Great’ About Moving On From FOX, World Series

“For sure. Gonna be weird,” Buck said. “After 24 of them it is a part of me.”

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The debut of Joe Buck on Monday Night Football is fast approaching, and while excitement for the legendary play-by-play man is high ahead of the new season, he still holds a special place for calling baseball.

Buck, who will no longer call World Series for FOX after being in the booth for the previous 24, said on Twitter on Tuesday he’s happy about making the shift to ESPN but will certainly miss being a familiar voice of MLB.

“For sure. Gonna be weird,” Buck said. “After 24 of them it is a part of me.”

Buck added he still dreams of calling baseball, but he did say had he stayed at FOX for 2022, this year likely would’ve been his last anyway.

Buck will be joined in the MNF booth with his longtime FOX broadcast partner Troy Aikman, who also jumped ship last winter to ESPN.

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