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Quick Read: ESPN Interested In Tim Tebow As College Football Analyst


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Tim Tebow may not have a future as a quarterback in the NFL, but he indeed has a future.  Tebow who is a magnet for attention, could try his hand at TV, and would definitely have his list of suitors.

The New York Daily News is reporting that ESPN or Fox Sports could end up making a push for Tebow as a college football analyst.

ESPN believes the former Jet will be playing football in 2013, but if not, he’s on the network’s radar as a college football analyst, according to the New York Daily News. 

There will definitely be competition from Fox Sports who would deem the former Florida Gators and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback as a coup for their all sports network set to debut in August.

It definitely makes sense for Tebow if he wants to stay around the game he loves, while still getting plenty of attention and eyes from his loyal following.

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Frozen Four first-hand account


BY JESSICA WILLIAMS, Couchsideshow.com contributor

Like I posted in my first blog, the Frozen Four is an equivalent to the Final Four in basketball except with hockey.
The four College teams competing in 2013 were the Yale Bulldogs, Quinnipiac Bobcats, St. Cloud State, and UMass Lowell. All four teams fought their way up to the tournament they all have dreamed of winning. The first semi-final game was UMass Lowell against the Yale Bulldogs. Throughout the beginning of the tournament, it was said that Yale was the “underdog,” and that their chances of going past the first round was slim.
Yet they defeated UMass, who was #3 seed, with a score of 3-2, winning in OT with the final goal scored by their Senior Captain, Andrew Miller. Leaving a stunned UMass Lowell crowd silent, the Bulldogs celebrated their first win, as they were now moving on to the championship round. The next game of the night was to be played by the Quinnipiac Bobcats and St. Cloud State. Quinnipiac had been the #1 seed team this season, so they definitely had quite the “rowdy” fan section.
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True fan or band wagoner?


BY JESSICA WILLIAMS,Couchsideshow.com contributor
At the moment, I am laying in a hotel bed, in a city I’ve never been in before, researching College hockey teams.
Some people might think this is odd, but it is no different than a basketball fan looking up College basketball teams for the Final Four. Though many folks don’t know this, there is a hockey equivalent to the Final Four; it is known as the Frozen Four. The location of the Frozen Four is different every year, with different teams, and different fans attending the games. This year the tournament is held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’ve begun to wonder if these people rooting for specific teams are actually fans, or just band-wagoners.
I say this because when you ask these people who they are rooting for, 80% of the time it is the #1 seed team in the tournament. If that just so happens to be their favorite team, then so be it, but usually the difference between a real fan and a bandwagon fan is easily recognizable. For instance, a real fan might know people on the team, or have all the fan attire supporting the team. If you ask one of these fans a question about their team, be prepared to have a conversation longer than an elevator ride.
On the other hand, bandwagon
fans might give you very short, to the point answers about their “favorite team”. Lesson being, when going to a sports tournament of any kind, make sure you do your research on the teams so you don’t get caught as the bandwagon fan.


Couch Side Podcast Episode 52: Final Four Preview


Find out in this week's episode who Couch Side has winning it all in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Photo by: Jason Helle / Flickr

Find out in this week’s episode who Couch Side has winning it all in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Photo by: Jason Helle / Flickr

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In the 52nd episode of Couch Side, hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul talk a lot of hoops. Special guest and senior blogger Matthew Vinsko joins the podcast this week to discuss his win in Couch Side’s All-Time NBA Fantasy Draft and he sticks around to banter about the NBA playoff picture. Then, Craig and Wade preview the Final Four and give their predictions of who will reign supreme on the college hardwood in 2013. The hosts wrap up this week’s show with headlines from around the NFL, many of which have to deal with quarterbacks finding new homes. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast:

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Starting Five: Kansas and the NBA


BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com blogger  

University of Kansas guard Ben McLemore perhaps has the highest ceiling of any of his Jayhawk teammates who will look to turn pro this year. Photo by: Darin and Shannon White / Flickr

Ben McLemore could be an NBA lottery pick. Photo by: Darin and Shannon White / Flickr

Well, it took some time, but I am finally over my Kansas Jayhawks losing to Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Truthfully, most of my resentment came from Elijah Johnson’s poor decision-making in the closing seconds of overtime that potentially cost them a win. It was the best game of the tournament, and possibly the game of the year in college basketball, and I am thankful that KU was part of it.

But, it’s over now, and regardless, I’m still “Rock, Chalk” all the way, and will be forever. Now, we have to look to the future and for Kansas, that means a new starting five because this season’s normal starting line-up of Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore, Travis Releford, Kevin Young, and Jeff Withey are either graduating or going to the NBA.

And that is what this blog is about. Determining what the future holds for those five young men, who bled crimson and blue in their time. For purposes of listing and building anticipation, I’m going to go in reverse order of what I think about their chances to be in the NBA.

5. Kevin Young (SF/PF, 6-foot-8, 190 lbs.)

A workhorse through his two years at Kansas after transferring from Loyola Marymount, Young played as an undersized power forward for the Jayhawks. His main job was to hit the glass for rebounds, use his underrated athleticism, and be a hustler for coach Bill Self. And he did a mighty fine job of it. Unfortunately, those skills don’t really translate to the NBA, especially when you combine his lack of true offensive talent — not being able to create his own shot, a bad looking jump shot, little ball-handling skills, etc. He is a likable guy and worked hard during his stint in Lawrence, but there is no real future for him in the pros, unless he really puts in the work but at his age, time is already passing by quickly.

• NBA Comparison and Future: None, and overseas or coaching.

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 51: 2013 MLB season preview


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Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin (left) and Craig Paul finally talk some baseball in this week’s episode.

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The Couch Side podcast is on the right side of 50 as hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul embark on another exciting episode. In this week’s show, the gang discusses which NFL were winners and losers in this year’s NFL Free Agency class. Then, special guest Sean Schoonover joins the podcast to preview the 2013 MLB season and talk a little bracket busting. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast:

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 50: Half Way To One Hundred


The Couch Side podcast reflects on 50 episodes of greatness in this week's episode.

The Couch Side podcast reflects on 50 episodes of greatness in this week’s show.

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Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul are overjoyed this week with their accomplishment of finally reaching 50 episodes of the podcast. Im this week’s episode, the hosts talk everything Couch Side, including website and podcast-download statistics, how far the show has come and what’s in store for the future. They also talk sport with special guest Sean Schoonover, breaking down the NCAA tournament. This is one show you won’t want to miss. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast:

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 46: College Basketball Craziness


Tim Tebow may now have been recognized in this week's episode, but no one can pass up "Tebowing" during wedding festivities.

Tim Tebow may now have been recognized in this week’s episode, but no one can pass up “Tebowing” during wedding festivities.

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Couch Side co-hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul have a lot on their plate this week. The gang looks at the the quarterback situation of the NFL offseason and the movers and shakers in men’s college basketball. Special guest Sean Schoonover also stopped in to promote next week’s show, which brings in a total of five guests for an All-Time NBA draft.  Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side Podcast:

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 42: College Hoops Hoopla


Michigan shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., could have the Wolverines playing for the NCAA championship. Photo by: Adam Glanzman / Flickr

Michigan shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., could have the Wolverines playing for the NCAA championship. Photo by: Adam Glanzman / Flickr

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Regular Co-Host Craig Paul is back this week as he and Wade McMillin discuss the NFL playoffs, shakeups in the Top 25 of the men’s NCAA basketball poll, Lance Armstrong’s confession, the Sacramento Kings possibly moving to Seattle and giant opening-day payrolls in baseball. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast!

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 38: BCS Special


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After a week off, the Couch Side podcast is back! Check out this week’s topics, which includes a review of an overly-exciting Week 14 of the NFL, a look at the BCS Bowl Games and the hosts dish out some fantasy football advice. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side Show podcast:

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Couch Side Podcast — Episode 31: Super Sized Saturdays


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After a week of some of the highest scoring college football games on record, Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul examine what these high-powered offense means for Division I football. The gang also chat about 3-1 teams in the NFL and dish out even more Fantasy Football advice.

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Couch Side Podcast 27: The future of Cowboy baseball


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Cody Wyoming native Sean Schoonover played three years for the University of Wyoming’s club baseball team.

In this week’s episode, Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul are joined by special guests Andy Paul and Sean Schoonover. While Andy stops by to talk football, covering Part Six of Couch Side’s NFL Season Preview — AFC North — and Fantasy Football advise, Sean is interviewed by Craig and Wade about his college baseball playing days, the future of Wyoming collegiate baseball and the dream season of the Sheridan Troopers baseball program, Click below to stream, download or subscribe to the Couch Side podcast. Also, remember to tune in to 89.1 FM KNWT every Wednesday at 4 p.m. across the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming to hear this show on the air waves of Northwest College’s radio station. Video coming soon!

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Blazers put Big Sky conference on the map, select Lillard


BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com blogger

Founded in 1963, the Big Sky Conference consists of nine public collegiate institutions situated all over the western region of the United States.

Notable conference members include Weber State, Montana State, Portland State, Northern Arizona, and Eastern Washington. Constantly in the shadow of larger and grander collegiate sporting conferences, the Big Sky Conference isn’t known for producing a large crop of athletes ready to compete at the professional level. Yet last night at the 2012 NBA Draft, Weber State’s coveted point guard Damian Lillard found himself ascending center stage as the Portland Trailblazer’s sixth overall pick, the third Big Sky basketball player in the history of the conference ever to be selected in the first round of an NBA Draft. (more…)


Big Sky Basketball: NAU men find new leader in Jack Murphy


BY STAYSON ISOBE, Couchsideshow.com writer

Today, Northern Arizona University ushers in a new era in Lumberjack men’s basketball. After what seems like months of anticipation, the Lumberjacks have a new basketball coach in Jack Murphy and the hiring has received hoots and hollers that could be heard from atop the San Francisco Peaks.

So who is Jack Murphy you say? Well although he’s just 32 years of age, Murphy has a wealth of experience under his belt at both the collegiate and professional levels. He started of his career at the University of Arizona, spending eight years under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson in a variety of positions. Hee began as a team manager, Murphy ascended up the ranks to recruiting coordinator, administrative assistant and video coordinator and finally took over as the director of operations. (more…)


Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger Declares For NBA Draft


BY IAN CUEVA, Insidetheshoe.com writer

Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger declared for the NBA draft earlier this week. Photo by: Penn State / Flickr

After guiding Ohio State to the Final Four, two-time All-American forward Jared Sullinger figured he might as well see what he could do for an NBA team.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore announced on Wednesday he is giving up his final two seasons with the Buckeyes to make himself available for the NBA draft in June. Most projections have him going in the top 10.

“Going to the Final Four with a team that many people said we weren’t good enough, weren’t strong enough, weren’t mentally tough enough, and still being able to get to the Final Four with all the ups and downs we had, I think that was tremendous for this basketball team,” Sullinger said, flanked by his parents and coach Thad Matta. “Once we got to the Final Four, we were trying to win it. But unfortunately, we fell short. I feel at peace with the decision I’m making.” (more…)


Couch Side Episode 10: NFL Mock Draft


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In this week’s episode, hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul welcome back NFL draft guru, Andy Paul, to break down the top 10 picks in Couch Side’s official mock draft. The gang also discusses Kentucky’s national championship victory; Ubaldo Jimenez getting revenge on his former team; the inductees to the basketball hall of fame; and Ryan Leaf getting busted in Montana for the second time in three days. Click below to download or stream another Couch Side podcast …

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Photo Slideshow: NCAA men’s basketball tournament


BY STAYSON ISOBE, Couchsideshow.com writer

Couch Side’s own Stayson Isobe actually worked at the West Regional of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and was able to snap some shots for our site. We would just share the slideshow on this post, but Kizoa’s embedding doesn’t seem to be compatible with Word Press. You can still access Stayson’s slideshow from March Madness, however, by clicking the link below:

Click here to see behind the scenes photos from the NCAA Tournament


Behind the scenes of the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament


Couchsideshow.com blogger Stayson Isobe poses before a game at the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Isobe worked at the West Regional of the tournament, gathering quotes for the NCAA.

BY STAYSON ISOBE, Couchsideshow.com writer

Last week, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work the NCAA Men’s Basketball West Regional in Tempe and what an experience it was.

For those that don’t know, when I’m not moonlighting as a Couch Side writer, I work at Northern Arizona University as a graduate assistant in the media relations department as the Sports Information Director for the Lumberjack women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis programs.

This past fall, Arizona State, the host of last week’s West Regional Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games at the U.S. Airways Center, asked our media relations department if we would like to volunteer at the games and really who would turn down an opportunity like that? Well the four of us in the department as well as our assistant AD for marketing made the trip down to the Valley last Wednesday and I can’t lie, I was stoked (and again who wouldn’t be?) (more…)


Couch Side Epidose Nine: NFL Offseason Special


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We told you we would be back! Couch Side, the podcast, returns for it’s eighth episode. Host Wade McMillin and fill in host, Phil Quick (no pun attended) hit the latest NFL headlines hard. Listen to the Phil’s debut with Wade as the dominant duo discuss Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow’s trade to the Jets, the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program, Chipper Jones’ retirement, Michael Bush signing with the Chicago Bears and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Click below to download or stream Couch Side the podcast …

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Wyoming College Hoops Rant (2/3 — 2/17)


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Another two weeks have unfolded in Wyoming community college men’s hoops and it looks like one team is starting to separate itself from the pack of eight seven squads in the Cowboy state.

Sheridan College is rolling right now, collecting votes for the NJCAA top-20 poll and piling up five wins in a row. The General have the most wins in Wyoming with 22 and only trail Otero Junior College for the overall lead in the Region IX standings.

While Sheridan appears to be at the top of its game, the four inner-state teams below the Generals are still battling each other in attempts to climb up the standings. Northwest College, Western Wyoming Community College, Casper College, Central Wyoming College and even Gillette College look like they could still make noise at the end of the season and fight it out until the end to be Wyoming’s No. 2 team.

So without any further holdup, here is another biweekly blog of the Wyoming College Hoops rant:

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Grow up Penn State


BY BRANDON J. SMITH, Couchsideshow.com contributor

It’s been written about, bandied about, and talked to death probably a million times by now, but the behavior of the Penn State student body continues to amaze even the most even keel of sports fans.

And yes, we know it’s only a few that ruin it for the majority by tipping over media vehicles, and claiming that the Penn State faculty board “killed” their beloved Joe Pa, but any semblance of dignity or integrity seems to have been lost on the current incarnation of “We are PENN STATE.”

That’s the funny thing, too; everyone who lauded the late Paterno spoke highly of the integrity, class, and humility that he brought to the program, turn around and do the exact opposite. This is not an indictment of Paterno, or the mistakes he made at the end of his career, but the legacy that is left behind seems to have been lost on those more interested in stirring the pot, rather than taking the high road.

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Paterno shouldn’t be remembered for scandal


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

College football lost one of its best in Joe Paterno on Sunday.

A statue of Joe Paterno outside of the Penn State's football field should remind people how dedicated he was to the university. Photo by: seng1011 / Flickr

The famed Penn State coach died just 65 days after being diagnosed with lung cancer and about three months after coaching his beloved Nittany Lions for the final time. He will forever be remembered as Penn State’s Joe Pa, a loyal leader and friendly face to his players and the student body. Unfortunately, some people outside of Penn State may only remember Paterno for the scandal involving his former replacement, Jerry Sandusky.

Critics from everywhere surfaced when Paterno was sadly forced to leave Penn State, slinging mud at the man headlines are calling “a flawed hero.” Yes, he made some questionable mistakes by not whistle blowing on his assistant coach. However, how are we to know how much Paterno actually knew about Sandusky’s inexcusable action? And from my understanding, Sandusky’s wrong doings were reported all the way to the top, which in turn did nothing.

It is former Penn State president Graham Spanier and former athletics director Tim Curley who should be remembered as the behind-the-scenes transgressors of the Sandusky scandal. Alas, Paterno’s name will be forever linked — closer than any of his colleagues — to Sandusky’s sins. It caused him a great deal of stress in his final months and the heartache from the entire affair more or less killed the poor man.

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Wyoming College Hoops Rant (1/8 – 1/20)


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

A lot of squads from Wyoming found early success in the first half of the 2011-2012 junior college men’s basketball season.

Teams like Sheridan College, Northwest College and Western Wyoming College either made (or are still in) the NJCAA’s top 25 poll or at least are getting votes for the list. There’s no question that junior college ball in the Cowboy State is extremely competitive right now. But things are about to get even more interesting. The first half of the season was dedicated to mostly playing out-of-state teams for Wyoming’s eight junior college squads. Now, that part of the season is over. Players have returned from the holiday break to a new level of intensity on the junior college hardwood. And it’s coming from within their own state.

Four teams from Wyoming found at least some sort of glory in the polls during the first half of the season. But now that those same squads are playing other teams in Wyoming, the almost perfect records are starting to become more blemished. In the NJCAA’s Jan. 10 poll, Northwest and Sheridan received votes to be in the top 20 while Western sat high and mighty in the No. 9 spot with an impressive 14-1 record. However, just eight days later, voters for the NJCAA’s top 20 frowned upon the Mustangs, ranking them No. 20 after the team suffered losses to Sheridan and Gillette College. Meanwhile, Northwest has also felt the strength of Wyoming’s teams after experiencing an early-season run. The Trappers didn’t receive any votes to be in the top 20 poll, losing their past two to Casper College (preseason top-20 team) and Montana’s Miles Community College of Miles City, Mont.

Yes, this part of the season is the best in Wyoming junior college hoops. There’s already starting to be some parody at the top and it seems like it could come down to the Region IX tournament before we actually find out who’s the best in the Cowboy State.

Now, here’s a look at the top five teams in Wyoming:

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Alabama takes title in ‘snooze fest’


University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide won their second national championship in three years last night. Photo by: David Reber's Hammer Photography

BY STAYSON ISOBE, Couchsideshow.com contributor

It is what it is. The BCS seems to be here to stay, regardless of what the general public wants, and whether you believe that Alabama deserved or didn’t deserve to play for the championship game last night, there’s no denying that they are the best team in the country now.

Now count me as one that full heartedly believed that Oklahoma State deserved the chance to duke it out with LSU last night at the Superdome. For one, it’s hard for me to fathom the fact that a team that doesn’t win its own conference, much less even play for their conference title, can compete for the national championship in the case of Alabama, while teams like Oklahoma State or even Oregon won their respective conferences.

In addition, Oklahoma State had a much more impressive resume when compared to the Crimson Tide. The guys from Stillwater had more wins against ranked teams and teams with winning records than the guys from Tuscaloosa, and oh yeah I did mention that they won the Big 12, the second best conference in the nation this season in my opinion, right?

Oklahoma State aside, a lot of the displeasure about this title game was that it was a rematch of a regular season game. Not only a rematch, but a rematch of a 9-6 game that was dubbed “the game of the century” going into the first meeting. Sure these two teams from the SEC have the two best defenses in the country, but really nobody could put the ball in the endzone? The fact that we’d already seen these two teams play once, and an ugly game at that, gave us even more reason to hope for an LSU-Oklahoma State matchup. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon take a shot at this vaunted Tiger defense. I know for a fact that we wouldn’t have needed to wait until 4:36 remaining in the game for the first touchdown of the night.

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