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James Laurinaitis Leaves 97.1 The Fan For Notre Dame Staff

“A source told Adam Rittenberg that Laurinaitis will likely serve as an analyst.”

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James Laurinaitis is done with radio, at least for now. He will exit 97.1 The Fan in Columbus at the end of the week to enter the college football coaching ranks.

Laurinaitis is set to join Marcus Freeman’s staff at Notre Dame. The two were teammates at Ohio State from 2005 until 2009. A source told Adam Rittenberg that Laurinaitis will likely serve as an analyst.

“With your best friend getting the head-coaching job, it’s a pretty unique situation and a pretty awesome opportunity to get up there and get started in the profession,” James Laurinaitis said.

While at Ohio State, both the broadcaster and the Notre Dame coach were linebackers. When their college days were over, Laurinaitis went onto the NFL and then eventually into sports talk radio, while Marcus Freeman went into coaching, serving as an assistant at Ohio State, Kent State, Purdue, and Cincinnati before joining Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame and eventually being tapped to replace Kelly as the head coach when his boss left South Bend for Baton Rouge.

James Laurinaitis began his broadcasting career in 2017. He joined the Big Ten Network that year as an analyst. The next year, he joined the staff at 97.1 The Fan.

He and Beau Bishop have enjoyed tremendous ratings success together. That includes the summer book of 2021, where the pair posted a 12.5 rating in the 9-noon slot with the target demo.

Listeners and colleagues lined up on social media with well-wishes. Todd Markiewicz joked that everyone at 97.1 The Fan is rooting for James Laurinaitis to find success, just not right away.

Notre Dame and Ohio State meet in Columbus to open the 2022 college football season on September 3.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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