Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Rebels matchup with #2 Alabama this weekend. Topics ranged from the serious to the lighthearted as the segment began with Patrick asking how Kiffin’s team is dealing with COVID and ended with the coach jokingly giving Patrick advice on how to bet on the big game.
“I think college football has a harder time dealing with it (COVID) than the NFL,” Kiffin said. “The NFL, the players, they are professionals. Our players have done a great job, but college kids are not professional adults. College kids go to parties or go out on the town. it’s very difficult. People say, ‘just have them social distance’. Honestly, hardly anyone is social distancing. There are a lot of people, even adults ,who act like it (COVID) is not even going on.”
The focus then shifts to football and Alabama and the mystique of Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
“What do you tell your kids about playing against him (Saban)?” Patrick asks.
“First of all, the coaches aren’t playing in the game,” Kiffin said. “I wish we were because that would make it easier for us. Nick can’t cover me.”
“I don’t know,” Patrick interrupts. “Coach was a former defensive back. He might could cover you.”
“I would worry about him if he tried,” Kiffin responded. “He’s pretty elderly by now… Seriously, he is a great coach and this is probably the best team he has ever had. There are no holes (on Alabama’s team).We are going to have to do everything right in order to just have a chance to win.”
Vegas also believes that Ole Miss will have a tough time pulling an upset, as the Rebels are 23.5 point home underdogs to the Crimson Tide.
“I thought it would be closer to 50,” Kiffin said. “The last few games have been like 63-13. That’s 50 points.”
Patrick adds that he plans to take Ole Miss and the points.
“Let’s go!” Kiffin said. “Just go ahead and take the money line straight up.”
Patrick laughs. “Coach, I can talk about this but I don’t think you can. If I win though, I will share the money with you.”
“I don’t think that’s legal either,” Kiffin laughs.
Even though the exchange was carried out in a joking manner, the tweet of the clip, which the Dan Patrick Show posted on Wednesday night, has been deleted.
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at email@example.com.
Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA
“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”
Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.
“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”
Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.
He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.
Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take
“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.
The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.
“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.
Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.
“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”
He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.
“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”
Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.
On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.
The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.
“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.
Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.
“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”