Oklahoma State Head Football Coach and Big 12 Coach of the Year, Mike Gundy joins Doug Gottlieb on The Doug Gottlieb Show. They take a deep dive into his program and how he likes to run things. They talk about their upcoming Big 12 title game against Texas. And Gundy explains how they are adjusting to the new NIL rules in college football and how they are using it to help their entire squad, not just the marketable players.
Mike Gundy: “The majority of our team we have covered under a collective NIL where we distribute about $1,000/$1,200 a month or so amongst everybody on this team that has done what they’re supposed to do and are contributing; walk-on or not walk-on, starter or not starter, travel roster or not travel roster.”
He latest out of New York has Jets QB Aaron Rodgers being cleared for practice just 11 weeks after undergoing Achilles surgery and many are questioning his intention to return this season, especially considering the Jets have little hope of making the playoffs. But Doug thinks Rodgers is less concerned with making the playoffs and more intent on proving to everyone that he can return in record time. It may not serve as the purest of motivations, but it just might get him back on the gridiron.
Doug Gottlieb: “The biggest reason that Aaron Rodgers is going to do it, is going to come back sooner rather than later, and going to try and play this year even if it doesn’t mean you’re playing for a playoff spot, is because they said it couldn’t be done.”
During his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show Tuesday (November 28), Rodgers acknowledged that he's still not ready to return with six regular season games remaining and ultimately it would hinge on whether the team has a realistic chance of making the playoffs.
"It's always been, first, am I healthy? Then, are we alive? Are we in it? Are we playing good enough to make a run? Can I step in and protect myself and play at the level that I'm capable of playing?" Rodgers said. "But it's health first and are we alive for the playoffs, second."
Earlier this month, Rodgers said he was aiming for a mid-December return while speaking to NBC Sports'Melissa Stark during the Jets' 'Sunday Night Football' loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11.
“He said, ‘I know it sounds insane, but you do a good surgery, you have a good patient, it makes this possible,’” Stark said on the telecast via NBC News, noting that Rodgers said he "just wasn't feeling it" when he decided not to throw passes during pregame warmups, as he'd done in the past few weeks.
Rodgers said he's been working on a weight-limiting treadmill during his rehabilitation which included jogging at 50% of his body weight and intends to increase it to 75% this week. Jets head coach Robert Saleh said, "if the doctors clear him, we'll clear him," when asked about Rodgers' status during his postgame press conference.
Rodgers had previously told Stark that "his goal is to play again this season" during the Jets' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in October. Last week, Rodgers admitted that telling Los Angeles Chargers safetyDerwin James Jr. that he would be back in "a few weeks" is' "probably not anywhere near a realistic timeline."
“It’d be nice to be able to get back in a couple weeks,” Rodgers said during an earlier appearance on 'the Pat McAfee Show' on November 7. “That’s probably not anywhere near a realistic timeline. … It’s more of a phrase that didn’t have a specific timetable.”
A clip shared by ESPN's Adam Schefter hours before his appearance on McAfee's show showed Rodgers embracing James after the Jets' 27-6 loss to the Chargers on November 6 and saying he was "a few weeks" away from playing again, despite the projected season-ending injury, when James asked about his recovery.
"Chargers’ safety Derwin James asked Aaron Rodgers, postgame last night, 'When you coming back?' Rodgers responded, 'A few weeks,'" Schefter wrote on his X account.
Rodgers was seen dropping back and throwing passes before last Monday's game, less than two months after undergoing Achilles surgery.
Rodgers was carted off the field during the Jets' season opener, months after being acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Green Bay Packers, with whom the quarterback had spent the entirety of his 18-year NFL career. The 39-year-old leads all Packers quarterbacks with 475 touchdowns and ranks second in franchise history behind only Favre in QB wins (147), completions (5,001) and passing yards (7,660).
BillionaireMark Cuban is reportedly selling a majority stake of the Dallas Mavericks to casino tycoon Miriam Adelson and the Adelson family "for valuation in range of $3.5 billion," sources with knowledge of the situation told the Athletic's Shams Charania Tuesday (November 28) night.
Cuban, 65, will reportedly keep shares of the team, as well as full control of basketball operations, in what Charania described as "one of the most unique setups in NBA history."
Cuban, who has an estimated worth of $6.2 billion, according to Forbes, purchased a majority stake in the Mavericks for $285 million from H. Ross Perot Jr. in January 2000. The report of the potential sale comes one day after Cuban revealed his intention to leave the ABC series 'Shark Tank' following the conclusion of its 16th season.
"It's time," Cuban said during an appearance on the Showtimepodcast 'All The Smoke' alongside hosts and former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson.
Cuban initially appeared as a guest on 'Shark Tank' during its second season before becoming a mainstay the following year.
“I love it because it sends the message the American dream is alive and well,” Cuban said. “I feel like in doing Shark Tank all these years, we’ve trained multiple generations of entrepreneurs that if somebody can come from Iowa or Sacramento or wherever, and show up on the carpet of Shark Tank and show their business and get a deal, it’s going to inspire generations of kids. That’s what happens, right? Now we’ve got people coming on saying I watched you when I was 10 years old. I’m like, 'f**k.' But we’re helping them right? I’ve invested in, I don’t know how many hundreds of companies. On a cash basis, I’m down a little bit, but on mark to market meeting, the companies are still in operation. I’m way up.”
Deadline.com said ABC wouldn't confirm Cuban's departure but acknowledged that the entrepreneur has mentioned leaving the show previously.
Georgia and Michigan stayed at Nos. 1 and 2 overall with wins against Georgia Tech and Ohio State, respectively, during Rivalry Week. Washington and Florida State each moved up one spot to Nos. 3 and 4 with wins against Washington State and Florida, respectively.
The Bulldogs will face No. 8 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. The Wolverines will take on unranked Purdue.
The Huskies will face No. 5 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Florida State will face No. 14 Louisville in the ACC Championship Game.
The full College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings for Conference Championship Weekend are listed below:
Georgia (SEC)- 12-0 (-)
Michigan (Big Ten) 12-0 (-)
Washington (Pac-12)- 12-0 (+1)
Florida State (ACC)- 12-0 (+1)
Oregon (Pac-12)- 11-1 (+1)
Ohio State (Big Ten)- 11-1 (-4)
Texas (Big 12)- 11-1 (-)
Alabama (SEC)- 11-1 (-)
Missouri (SEC)- 10-2 (-)
Penn State (Big Ten)- 10-2 (+1)
Ole Miss (SEC)- 10-2 (+1)
Oklahoma (Big 12)- 10-2 (+1)
LSU (SEC)- 9-3 (+1)
Louisville (ACC)- 10-2 (-4)
Arizona (Pac-12)- 9-3 (-)
Iowa (Big Ten)- 10-2 (+1)
Notre Dame (IA Independents)- 9-3 (+1)
Oklahoma State (Big 12)- 9-3 (+2)
NC State (ACC)- 9-3 (+3)
Oregon State (Pac-12)- 8-4 (-4)
Tennessee (SEC)- 8-4 (-)
Tulane (AAC)- 11-1 (+1)
Clemson (ACC)- 8-4 (+1)
Liberty (Conference USA)- 12-0 (+1)
Kansas State (Big 12)- 8-4 (-6)
Jason Whitlock: “Deion doesn’t have to be consistent for the Deion groupies. All Deion has to be is popular, cool, full of swag, and promoting rap culture. The key ingredient, obviously, is Deion has to be Black. His skin has to remain dark. As long as his skin remains dark, he’s cool, he wears gold chains, and he promotes hip hop and rap culture, Deion can do no wrong. There are no standards for him. ‘HE WON THREE MORE GAMES THAN LAST YEAR! NOBODY HAS EVER DONE THAT BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL! A 1-11 TEAM GOING 4-8 THE NEXT YEAR! THAT’S NEVER HAPPENED!’... Oh... Northwestern went 1-11 last year, they have a first-time head coach that took over for Pat Fitzgerald, and Northwestern won 7 games this year. ‘BUT THAT COACH, HE’S NOT BLACK! HE’S NOT HIP HOP! HE’S NOT COOL! HE DOESN’T WEAR GOLD CHAINS AND SUNGLASSES!’... Oh... In 2013, Mike MacIntyre took over a 1-11 Colorado team and went 4-8, finished in last place – the exact same record as Deion. ‘HE’S NOT BLACK! HE’S NOT COOL!’... It just didn’t hit the same, it didn’t feel the same. What ‘really matters’ is what RG III tweeted out. ‘NO ONE IN HISTORY HAS GONE FROM 1-11 TO 4-8 WHILE ATTRACTING AS MANY VIEWERS AND AS MUCH ATTENDANCE AS DEION!’... So, Deion is ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘making history’ because the evaluation of Deion isn’t about wins and losses, it’s not about quality of play, it’s not about ANY of those things... Deion is going to be evaluated based on ‘attendance.’ He’s going to be evaluated like he’s the marketing and sales department of Colorado. ‘HE’S AN UNBELIEVABLE SUCCESS AT TICKET SALES!’, and so nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter if his words make any sense on a week-to-week basis. 'TICKET SALES! ATTENDANCE! COLORADO SOLD OUT GAMES! RAPPERS CAME TO THE GAME! IT WAS FUN TO WATCH COLORADO!’... And that’s all that matters. The fact that Bill McCartney won a National Championship there -- ‘WELL, YOU CAN’T DO THAT ANYMORE! NO ONE CAN WIN AT COLORADO! TICKET SALES ARE ALL THAT MATTERS!’... The fact Gary Barnett went to a bowl game virtually every year -- ‘NO, NO, NO! THOSE ARE UNREASONABLE EXPECTATIONS! THOSE EXPECTATIONS OF WINNING CONSISTENTLY ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE!’... When you’re Black you don’t have to win, you have to create a circus and sell tickets, that’s what really matters. That’s the standard we’re holding Deion to. Did he create a circus and did people come and see the circus? That’s Deion’s standard. Deion is a pee wee football coach." (Full Segment Above)
Watch Jason Whitlock of Blaze TV's Fearless explain why he thinks the sports media continues to try and romanticize Deion Sanders' maiden season in Power 5 football, as Whitlock mocks the 'Deion Groupies' who still remain steadfast in their belief that Coach Prime's 4-8 season was a success at Colorado despite losing 7 of their final 8 games, and finishing in dead last place of the Pac-12 standings.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock describes the inherit bias he believes is the culprit behind Deion's seemingly impenetrable reputation among the mainstream media.
Dan Patrick announced his impending retirement earlier this year, and today he gave a target date for his final show. It will be Christmas Eve of 2027, four years from now so he give his dedicated audience a special Christmas gift. Dan and the Danettes consider what life will look like after the show ends its run and the usual hilarity ensues.
Dan Patrick: “Thank you for all the great things that we are going to bring your way in the coming years, in fact the next four years. December 24th of 2027, that’s it, that’s the target date...I’m going to make us work on Christmas Eve. I think that we should give to this audience a special Christmas gift...and then we say goodbye. That’s it.”
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper reportedly yelled out "f**k" while leaving the team's locker room after Sunday's (November 26) loss to the Tennessee Titans, which preceded the firing first-year head coachFrank Reich, the Athletic's Joe Person reported.
"Leaving the locker room, David Tepper shook his head and yelled, 'F—-!,'" Person wrote on his X account Sunday, hours before Reich's termination on Monday (November 27).
The Panthers dropped to 1-10 after Sunday's loss and Reich, 61, became the second coach fired by the franchise in the past 13 months and the third fired since Tepper purchased the franchise in 2018, following Matt Rhule in 2022 and Ron Rivera, the winningest coach in team history, in 2019. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was promoted to interim head coach and former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell "moves to special advisor working with the offense," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Monday (November 27).
Reich, who was the Panthers' first quarterback during the team's inaugural season in 1995, has now been fired as an NFL coach twice in a 12-month span, having been let go by the Indianapolis Colts in November 2022. Reich has a head coaching record of 41-43-1 during his six seasons as a head coach, which included leading the Colts to playoff appearances during the 2018 and 2020 NFL seasons, finishing second in the AFC South Division standings both times.
Jason Smith: "In a perfect world, going undefeated, winning the ACC... yes, you're in the playoff. But this committee has opened the door to the fact that Florida State is a different team without their quarterback. Are we really gonna put them in the playoff if we think that other teams are better? If Texas wins big, if Alabama wins big... It's both great and terrible, but they opened the door for it."
Jason and Mike react to the new College Football Playoff rankings and attempt to navigate the landscape of one of the more competitive years of college football of the past decade. The guys insist that an undefeated Florida State team, while certainly deserving of praise, just doesn't belong in the playoffs without a healthy Jordan Travis.
Rob Parker: "When you start 3-0, you change expectations... I'm not saying they were supposed to win 10 games or anything like that, but the embarrassing losses that they had, and the way they played... that's what makes you feel like it fell apart."
Chris Broussard: "If you step back and you look at where they came from and what they were supposed to be, even though it ended ugly, I think it was a success. Not as much as they wanted, but I think overall it was a success."
With Deion Sanders' first season as head coach at Colorado in the books, Chris and Rob take a step back and ask one simple question: was year one a success? Rob thinks while expectations surrounding Coach Prime and the Buffaloes may have started modest, the team's impressive performances early on completely changed the outlook on what the season could have been. After that, they simply didn't live up. Chris disagrees, and thinks that the program's overall improvement from a year ago and newly injected energy certainly qualify as successful.