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Brett McMurphy Tests Media Theory That Urban Meyer Will Go Back To College

“Analysts across the sports world are criticizing Meyer for another lapse in judgment, an issue that has followed him throughout his coaching career.”

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Everyone seems to think that Urban Meyer could just pick up where he left off in the college game, but the Action Network’s Brett McMurphy decided to put that to the test this week.

McMurphy polled 65 athletic directors from FBS schools to see how willing they’d be to hire Meyer. The prevailing sentiment is that Meyer could flame out in the NFL and still get a top-tier job like say, USC, which is looking for a new head coach.

*Cue the Lee Corso voice

Not so fast my friend.

Of the 65 ADs McMurphy spoke to, only 27% said they would even consider hiring Meyer, let alone offering him a contract. Diving deeper into the numbers, just 15% of Power Five ADs said they would consider Meyer.

“No way,” a Power Five AD said to McMurphy. “Not in a million years.”

Analysts across the sports world are criticizing Meyer for another lapse in judgment, an issue that has followed him throughout his coaching career.

A camera caught Meyer dancing with a girl at a bar in Ohio this past weekend. Then reports surfaced that he stayed back in the Buckeye state and didn’t return to Jacksonville on the team plane following the Jaguars’ loss to the Bengals last Thursday. It’s unheard of for an NFL head coach not to fly back with the team, especially after a loss that sent Meyer’s squad to 0-4 on the season.

“While [university] presidents and athletic directors want people of high character, fans only care about winning,” said a Group of Five AD who would hire Meyer. “They will overlook all sorts of indiscretions for winners. Losers, on the other hand, can get fired for running a stop sign.”

A Power Five AD countered that logic: “Are you shitting me? He has a mental problem. How does a guy that makes $10 million a year go to a bar and put his hand up a woman’s crotch?”

For the full response from McMurphy’s AD poll on the issue, click here.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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