Episodes
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit joins Ari to run the gamut of college football related topics. From Kirk's thoughts about the current state of college football to Nick Saban joining GameDay and the Dylan Raiola controversy, the pair tackle a lot. Rundown: -Health of CFB (2:00) -One commissioner, new governing body, revenue sharing (6:00) -On becoming synonymous with CFB (8:15) -Dylan Raoila situation (15:00) -Nick Saban joining GameDay (21:45) -ESPN-CFP deal + future of playoff (25:00) -EA Sports...
Published 02/20/24
Nicole and Chris welcome Stew Mandel to the podcast to react and discuss his coaching cycle grades. Which hirings made Nicole and Chris pick a bone with Stew? Is Mike Elko really a B-grade hiring? Later, Nicole and Chris take a close look at the CFP-ESPN +$7B deal, and what it may mean for the future of the sport. Plus, NCAA Football 25 teaser, rule changes, and why is Warde Manuel the CFP Committee Chair? Rundown: -A grades (2:15) -B grades (11:30) -C grades (19:45) -G5 grades...
Published 02/16/24
Bill O'Brien toppled over more coaching dominoes that Ari and Chris happily sort through. Is Chip Kelly a better fit at offensive coordinator for Ohio State than Bill O'Brien (2:00)? Why did Kelly elect to leave a P2 head coaching job for a P2 coordinator position? What does new Bruins HC DeShaun Foster bring to UCLA (15:45)? Why did O'Brien leave for the Boston College job (19:30)? Ex-Washington, and Alabama for a moment, OC Ryan Grubb heads back to the West Coast to be the Seahawks' OC....
Published 02/13/24
Sherrone Moore has had a busy first two weeks in office as head coach. Nicole, Austin Meek and Cameron Teague Robinson, The Athletic's Michigan and Ohio State reporters, respectively, chime in on UM's new staff (2:45). Cameron fills us in on what's going on in Columbus and breaks down Ryan Day's first off-season availability, including his thoughts on giving up play calling (16:00). What makes a rivalry a rivalry? The trio discuss the anatomy of rivalries, and they use The Game as an example...
Published 02/09/24
In a special National Signing Day edition of Stars Matter, the crew reacts to the remaining big-name recruits who put pen to paper. ATH Terry Bussey is headed to College Station and WR Gatlin Bair is teaming up with the Ducks (3:30). Manny then provides a recruiting overview in the State of Florida as well as the significance of Miami's GM leaving (9:45). What recruiting rules would staffers like to change (24:45)? 2025 is the year of the WR (29:45). Plus, which new HCs are we most excited...
Published 02/07/24
The Czar of NFL Draft evaluation, Dane Brugler, joins Ari and David to recap the Senior Bowl (1:30). Who stood out in Mobile, plus what does Dane think of Michael Penix Jr. (6:30). Dane shares some insight into appraising QB talent and discusses how scouts missed on Brock Purdy (17:00). Have NIL, the transfer portal, and extra eligibility affected the NFL Draft (20:30)? Later, Ari and David dive into the SEC and Big Ten advisory group, and what it may mean for CFB (29:30). Lastly, hate, not...
Published 02/06/24
Nicole and Chris welcome on Matt Brown, publisher of Extra Points. Matt shares what he learned from his analysis of 40 tax disclosures from NIL collectives (2:00). How do collectives spend their funds? Should they be considered non-profits, and how much money did some collectives source from the public compared to large donors? Matt also shares his thoughts on Tennessee-NCAA (16:45), and what he knows about EA Sports NCAA Football (24:00). Later, Nicole and Chris look at Jeff Hafley's...
Published 02/02/24
The Stars Matter crew digs into Tennessee and Virginia's lawsuit filed against the NCAA (3:00). What does it mean, and how did this happen? The gang then dives into a Signing Day preview (15:00). Who else is unsigned? What does the '25 class look like? Later, Alabama GM Courtney Morgan joins the show to run the gammut of topics: Nick Saban, Washington and Michigan, recruiting, and more (28:00). Plus, Florida and more decommitments, Clemson's wins, and trivia (52:00). Subscribe to the Until...
Published 01/31/24
Ari and Max, who is a luminary when it comes to the transfer portal, list teams that helped themselves the most this off-season. From the obvious winners in Oregon (2:00), Ole Miss (10:00), Ohio State (16:00), and Notre Dame (27:00) to the more under the radar profiteers in Missouri (31:15) and USC (36:15), the guys dig deep into 10 programs who have impressive achievements so far this off-season. Later, Ari and Max react to Michigan naming Sharrone Moore its new head coach (52:00), and Iowa...
Published 01/30/24
Ari, Chris, and The Athletic's Michigan beat writer Austin Meek share their initial impressions of Jim Harbaugh accepting the Chargers job (3:00). Could UM have done anything to keep Harbaugh? What is the Michigan Man's legacy, and is it time for fans to quit complaining about the cheating scandal (11:30)? What's next for the Wolverines, and is it Sherrone Moore's job to lose (20:00)? 5-star WR Ryan Williams re-committed to Alabama. How big is this for Kalen DeBoer (26:15)? A look at the 2024...
Published 01/25/24
Ari welcomes on Doug Lesmerises, host of The Kings of the North podcast, to take a deep dive into the Big Ten. Are the Buckeyes all in this season, or does their overhaul wreak of desperation (4:00)? Is Ryan Day's approach to the portal a philosophical shift in the program (12:30)? What does 2024 hold in store for new AD Ross Bjork and Day, himself (20:15)? Ari and Doug evaluate the Northern region of college football, and they discuss if another team can win like Michigan did this season...
Published 01/23/24
The Athletic's Alabama and Georgia beat writers Kenny Smith and Seth Emerson, respectively, join Ari in discuss Caleb Downs, Kayden Proctor, and others entering the transfer portal, adding to 'Tuscaloo-xit' (2:30). Can Kalen DeBoer make up ground in the Spring cycle of the transfer portal, and what's Kenny's message to fans as they go through this? Kenny fills you in on the deets about Bama's latest staff additions, Kane Wommack and Maurice Linguist (17:00). Is there a power shift in the SEC,...
Published 01/19/24
The Stars Matter team makes a thorough examination of Alabama from a recruiting perspective. Is the "Nick Saban Way", an accumulation of the best talent in the sport, the only option for Kalen DeBoer in Tuscaloosa, or can the Tide's new head coach do what he did in Washington (3:00)? LSU's made some huge strides (33:00). Will Nick Saban let Alabama slide (38:00)? There are no more excuses for Miami (45:00), and trivia on our way out the door (1:04:00). Subscribe to the Until Saturday...
Published 01/17/24
Ari, Chris, and Kenny react to Washington hiring Jedd Fisch as its newest head coach (3:00). Fans are justifiably angry when suckerpunch coaching hires like DeBoer and Fisch happen, but is there a way to mitigate the devestation felt by those programs that those coaches just left? Ari has a proposition (6:00). Plus, Arizona head coaching candidates (17:30). Later, Kenny gives us the low-down on DeBoer's introductory press conference, Nick Saban's involvement, Travarius Robinson staying at...
Published 01/15/24
Nicole, Sam, and The Athletic's Chris Kamrani react to Alabama hiring Kalen DeBoer as its next head coach. As the guy replacing the guy (Nick Saban), what does the 49-year-old ex-Washington coach bring to the Tide (1:00)? The gang takes a listen to Nick Saban's reasoning for retiring via ESPN (5:00), which explains why DeBoer was brough on now. What is DeBoer inheriting at Alabama, and what concerns might fans have about the coach from the West Coast (15:00)? Plus, candidates for the...
Published 01/12/24
Nicole and Chris react to the seven...SEVEN-time national championship-winning coach Nick Saban retiring. How will we look back on Saban's legacy? Who will fill the shoes of, arguably, the greatest coach ever? A look at the Crimson Tide job and candidates. Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Subscribe to...
Published 01/10/24
Ryan Day has made a series of moves to set up an exciting, and possibly defining, season at Ohio State. Ari and David discuss the additions of RB Quinshon Judkins, QB Will Howard, and more (3:00). Is OSU starting to look a little like Michigan? Can Day help Howard reach another level? Miami lands an FCS QB, and Georgia...wait...USC welcomes MWC Freshman of the Year Jayden Maiava (17:30). The guys then host a bowl season debrief, where they review all the major coaching moves, bowl results,...
Published 01/10/24
HAIL TO THE VICTOR! Michigan went full Predator-mode and muzzled the Huskies for its first national championship since 1997. Ari and David react to the game, including how Michigan's D-line manhandled Washington (3:00), how Jim Harbaugh and this team rose above the noise (8:30), J.J. McCarthy stuck to the stript (16:15), Harbaugh's future and Michigan's outlook in 2024, and will they make the playoff next year (25:00)? Ari and David wear their bad Michigan takes (32:30) before taking an early...
Published 01/09/24
It's hard to believe another college football season is nearly wrapped up. However, college football's creme de la creme will take to the field to decide who's the national champion before we reach the off-season. Ari and David share their final thoughts ahead of Monday's game, including Jim Harbaugh's future at Michigan and his legacy (3:30), how Courtney Morgan helped build both Michigan and Washington (19:00), and how Dillon Johnson's health impacts how we view the game (31:00). Later, The...
Published 01/07/24
It's that time. The national championship is on Monday, and Ari and David are now ready to share their game picks with you all. The guys look at key matchups, the reasons why both Michigan and Washington will win and lose, and X-Factors. David and Bruce Feldman asked coaches who played both championship contenders, what they think about the game on the promise of anonymity. Plus, Will Howard transfers to Ohio State, and Ole Miss RB Quinshon Judkins hits the portal. -Will Howard to OSU...
Published 01/05/24
The Ari Shame Tour 2024 continues following Michigan and Washington's wins over the freaks in the semifinals. The Stars Matter team digs into how two teams outside of the op-10 in the talent composite punched their ticket to the national championship. Is this a trend, or an anomoly? Plus, anonymous high schools stars open up about NIL, coaches, and teams, and who are the coaches on the hot seat as we enter '24? Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter:...
Published 01/04/24
Nicole, who covered the Rose Bowl, and Chris share five observations from the CFP semifinals in the Power 5 (2:00). One thought they agree on is that this was the best semifinal EVER. Plus, Harbaugh gets over the hump, and the SEC isn't represented in the natty. Nicole and Chris then ask and try to answer a few questions that they have about Michigan-Washington (28:00). Will Washington's offensive line stave off Michigan? Dillon Johnson is reportedly going to play despite being injured, but...
Published 01/03/24
Michigan and Washington punched their ticket to the National Championship on New Years Day! Ari and Chris share their takeaways from both the Sugar and Rose Bowls. Michael Penix Jr. was near-infallible, and even though Texas stormed back, their defense held up better than expected (3:30). Michigan demostrated that experience can top world-class talent (19:00). Alabama's miscues with snaps, the last play of OT, and more showed they still have a ways to go (31:00). J.J. McCarthy and Jim...
Published 01/02/24
Ari, David, Max, Sam, and Kenny Smith share their final thoughts for the Sugar and Rose Bowls ahead of the New Year's Day games. David, Max, and Sam, who are reporting from the Sugar Bowl in Louisiana, discuss Quinn Ewers' moment, Arch Manning, the battle in the trenches, and more (1:30). Kenny then join the podcast from Pasadena to talk about iPadGate, Michigan's defense and running game as well as Jalen Milroe, Tommy Rees and the Tide's growth on offense (25:00). Plus, Ari and David discuss...
Published 12/31/23