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The rumor mill demands that several coaches be on the hot seat at all times. But what about when the seat gets so hot that a new description—”pre-fired”—becomes appropriate? With Billy Napier and Sam Pittman headlining the 2024 class of pre-firing candidates, Richard, Steven, and Alex go down memory lane. Sometimes a pre-fired coach goes the way of…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Shehan Jeyarajah is national reporter for CBS Sports, host of the College Football Survivor Show, and knower of the Texas college football scene. He chats with Alex about every FBS program in the state and a big handful of FCS teams, too. The conversation covers ever…
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Richard Johnson, Alex Kirshner, and Steven Godfrey start to look ahead to the 2024 college football season. The episode opens with some consideration of New York Knicks fans (it just happened) and then moves (15:45) into a discussion of nine players we’re paying close attention to for 2024. Some are just really good, and some are pivotal to program…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Welcome to a new episode of Scheme School. Yahoo Sports’ Nate Tice returns to the show to have a completely on-field-focused (we promise) conversation about Colorado's already-polarizing QB1. What does he struggle with? And what does he excel at? What was the Buffs’ …
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com College football is about to get a lot different. Alex and Richard talk through how changes to player compensation come 2025 will reshape the sport. We think it’s ultimately a winner for both players and fans, but there are big questions left to answer: What will bec…
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Godfrey's insisting that everyone pick a Sun Belt team to ride and/or die with in '24. Plus, did the NFL kill USC's L.A. vibes? And let's set an expectation for every single FBS team changing conferences this season. The Big 12 is a Las Vegas buffet, and it's 3 a.m., baby. Production by Anthony Vito. Throughout May, The Single Wing is free for ever…
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For more episodes like The Single Wing, subscribe at splitzoneduo.com. Godfrey's circling back on TV scheduling tactics for Week 1, explaining San Jose State’s triple-free offense, answering a desperately sad question about Group of 5 feeder programs, waxing emotional about EA NCAA, and teaching you why stupid ass-ideas like the G5 playoff get floa…
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College football (including its TV partners) usually gets out of the NFL’s way. But when the 12-team Playoff arrives this December, the two levels of the sport will be head-to-head in a way they almost never are, especially since college’s powers that be made a tactical retreat from Thursday night. Is it surprising that the Playoff and ESPN would c…
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In this solo show, Steven Godfrey's trying to figure out why Clemson's O-line can't match its D-line, why BYU was (is?) dirty, if Army/Navy has a Rose Bowl mentality, and how NFL markets affect local college teams. Production: Anthony Vito. Magic Mind: https://magicmind.com/splitzone20 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with ot…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com As a postscript to last week’s newsletter about college football coaches’ golf handicaps, Alex and Richard discuss several football-adjacent golf topics. Has golf supplanted college football as the sport that’s most being harmed by its executive leadership? Is Hugh F…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Ohio State played host to one of the most bizarre commencement speeches of all time this month, when alumnus Chris Pan pitched graduates on Bitcoin and attempted to lead the Buckeye crowd in multiple singalongs. D.J. Byrnes writes The Rooster, a newsetter covering Oh…
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Welcome to a FREE episode of The Single Wing thanks to our friends at Magic Mind (https://magicmind.com/SPLITZONE20 for 20 percent off). May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so let's talk about anxiety, parenting, and the Jimmy Sexton era of agenting. Plus: UCLA, Kent State, Wyoming, and Pearl Jam. Production: Anthony Vito. This is a public episod…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com It was huge college sports news in 2023 when dozens of athletes at Iowa and Iowa State became the targets of a state investigation into underage sports betting and wagers originating from the two campuses. It was less big news when enormous problems with that investi…
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The end of the spring transfer portal window means the beginning of looking ahead in earnest to the 2024 season. With rosters mostly locked, Alex and Richard share the teams they’re optimistic, pessimistic, and in between about at the halfway point of the offseason. Richard thinks Ohio State will win the national championship, and Alex thinks Clems…
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The Split Zone Duo crew discusses the results of the NFL Draft through both a college football and “being mean to Steven Godfrey” lens. Georgia’s player development, Washington’s offensive line, Oregon’s way of helping Bo Nix, whether Nick Saban actually admitted to a tampering violation on live TV, and much more. But yes, it all leads to a therapy…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Maryland is hiring Brian Ferentz as an analyst, per Bruce Feldman. Alex went to Maryland, so Richard forced him to record an emergency show about the whole thing. We start with Alex fearing the worst, then discuss how Mike Locksley is building a Saban school, why thi…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com A coaching search where nobody got spurned, everyone got paid, and all parties wound up exactly where they wanted to be all along? How nice. That’s the semi-official account—from ESPN and many of the people most closely involved—of what happened at Alabama. Alex, Ric…
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It’s time for an offseason check-in with the most watched, most controversial 4-8 team in college football history. Richard, Godfrey, and Alex weigh in on the four different conversations that happen at any given second about Deion Sanders and Colorado: the one about the actual football team (5:30), the one about Deion as a leader of men (21:54), t…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com We get a lot of questions about how we keep up with the wide world of college football to bring you this podcast. How do we try to figure out where the interesting stories are? How do we keep eyeballs on a sport with so many teams at so many different levels? In the …
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com For SZD’s annual NFL Draft QB special, Richard is joined by Ben Solak of The Ringer and Derrik Klassen of Bleacher Report. We start with the compulsory review of the greatest QB prospect of this century (Jacksonville Jaguar Trevor Lawrence) and review last year’s col…
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USC reporter Luca Evans of the Orange County Register joins Alex to talk about the many challenges facing the Trojans in the NIL and collective space (4:19). How does a rich school with a blue-blood football history run into difficulty in this new world? USC is the best window into that question. Then Richard and Alex talk about the unusual buildup…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Welcome to The Single Wing, where Steven Godfrey takes subscriber questions on a wide range of college football topics. This week, Godfrey's officially issuing a Gangster AD badge (Go Vawls), and we're also discussing the come-up at Virginia Tech, the veteran plains-…
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Richard has a conversation with Eric Galko, the director of football operations and player personnel for the East-West Shrine Bowl. It’s wide-ranging: Eric shares his 2024 NFL Draft hot takes and QB rankings, then talks about how the NFL views college players—and how well their programs are developing them. Eric tells us whether NIL actually ruined…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com In 2023, Neal Brown was the industry's most fireable head coach. Then he had a good enough year to get a small contract extension. Who is 2024’s most fireable coach? Well, there are a few contenders. Godfrey, Richard, and Alex take the temperature on a handful of coa…
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Week 1 has always had tons of warmup games, but the schedule usually has a big handful of bangers. In 2024, that’s not the case. There are barely any games pitting Power 4 teams against each other and as a trickle-down, not many all-Group of 5 matchups of note either. Yes, there are a few blockbusters (LSU-USC, Georgia-Clemson), but look beyond tha…
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Richard has ideas for how to make college football’s on-field rules a little bit better. Alex and Godfrey like some of them and don’t like others. Let’s discuss the optimal width for the hashmarks, whether it’s time to shift the rules around RPOs and linemen downfield, the NFL’s new take on the kickoff, and then some more chaotic ideas that we’ve b…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Godfrey's answering your questions about Lane Kiffin's short- and long-term plans now that Bama has hired a Nick Saban replacement who isn't him. Let's also discuss the vital signs of Year Zero as a concept, plus Florida's DEI mess and any effect recruiting, Mel Tuck…
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Spring practice is a lot of hype and not a lot of substance, but sometimes we can learn a lot. Alex, Richard, and Godfrey talk about what to pay serious attention to right now and the five most interesting teams of spring 2024: Alabama, Michigan, Army, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other sub…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Godfrey's answering your questions about SEC Network bias (lol), the Big 12's inadvertent but noticeable "be good at basketball" strategy, how effective Ohio State's new AD will be, Colorado rumors (no), CFB programs hiring media (also no), and Nick Saban eating his …
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Godfrey looked a bit deeper into how a 12-team playoff system will work in practice, and he ended up feeling ... surprisingly optimistic about the future of the sport? We're just as surprised as you are. He, Alex, and Richard talk through the types of teams this new system will benefit, the tradeoffs that Cinderellas will make, and why all in all, …
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Clemson filed a lawsuit against the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday in South Carolina, seeking to free itself from the conference’s grant of rights and set up an exit from the league. Alex and Steven react to that complaint, which comes off as an absurd attempt …
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College football teams now have "general managers." How did the sport get here? How are they similar to GMs for pro teams, and how are they different? And will a college GM ever be able to fire a coach? Production: Anthony Vito. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Godfrey, Richard, and Alex talk out three big news developments over the past week. The Big Ten and SEC continue (3:01) to fight for extra spots and extra money in a new College Football Playoff system, so let’s address why the arguments in their favor are so hollow.…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com The first installment of the Split Zone Duo Book Club: What's it like to write a book-length jeremiad aimed directly at the ruling class of an entire sport? Author and reporter Dan Wetzel joins Godfrey in Michigan to talk about Death to the BCS, a seminal work examin…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Richard and Alex take your questions on a long list of topics, in order: Neal Brown’s extension at West Virginia, the literal risks of private equity coming to college football, if Arizona messed up by hiring a coach before replacing the AD, if Emmitt Smith’s comment…
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Michigan’s quarterback is the latest national championship winner and draft prospect to kick off a very specific kind of national debate about QB play. Alex and Richard interrogate why players like JJ McCarthy become debate catnip (and then personally make JJ McCarthy into debate catnip, because Alex cannot resist). Production: Anthony Vito. Subscr…
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After 2023, Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh left, and Alabama and Michigan fans worried a lot about assistant coach hires made by their successors. It got Alex thinking: Do national championship head coaches ace their assistant hires out of the gate? What happens when they mess up the important work of filling out a coaching staff? SZD goes through 25 …
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In a roundup of college football news, Godfrey, Richard, and Alex talk about Georgia State’s interesting new head coach hire (1:30), Paul Johnson excoriating Geoff Collins (10:35), the upcoming EA Sports College Football game and the payment to players for appearing (25:45), and the reunion of the Mid-American Conference and UMass (30:44). Producti…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Godfrey's trying to keep the Beavers relevant nationally as the P12-to-P2 era "dawns." We also got questions galore about G5 playoff chances, post-playoff bracket bowls, Mark Stoops' mentality after the A&M mess, why Godfrey was Big Wrong about UCF and Gus Malzhan, a…
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Godfrey presents Richard and Alex with four decades' worth of MAC head coach firings and hirings to try to figure out if G5 football jobs are on the decline. The answer is messy, but one thing's for sure – coaches have been running to coordinator gigs for a long, long time. Ask Nick Saban. Production: Anthony Vito. This is a public episode. If you’…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Sometimes, the haters call Split Zone Duo “an NFL podcast.” Today we prove them right by previewing the Super Bowl in our own way. Joining Alex and Richard is special guest Arif Hasan, publisher of Wide Left, a great newsletter that covers three of the biggest beats …
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Alex, Richard, and Godfrey discuss a new NLRB ruling that might (might!) result in employee status and union organizing for college athletes. Then the group talks about recent worries about college football losing coaches to the NFL. Is this new? Yes and no. Is everything good at UCLA? Production: Anthony Vito. This is a public episode. If you’d li…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com DJ Durkin continues to get SEC coordinator jobs. In the past few seasons, he’s bounced from Ole Miss to Texas A&M to Auburn as some of the most famous head coaches in college football have hired him to lead their defenses. An older stop on Durkin’s journey now tends …
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Godfrey's here to help make TCU better (Why is Kendal Briles still there?), talk about how bad D.C.’s NFL stadium is, reflect on Tennessee's lost decades, raise money for Georgia Tech, and improve Indiana's nickname game. Also there's a big examination of the chasm b…
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Richard, Godfrey, and Alex start the show with a discussion of Sherrone Moore’s elevation to Michigan head coach and Iowa’s maybe-good but definitely-weird hire of Tim Lester as offensive coordinator. Then it’s time to revisit 2023 predictions, talk about what we learned, and forecast what this long offseason in CFB will be all about. Production: A…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com Split Zone Duo is proud to present a long-sought-after project: The feature-length commentary track for The Blind Side (2009). This movie got a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, and Sandra Bullock won Best Actress. Steven Godfrey, who covered Ole Miss around the…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.splitzoneduo.com When Nick Saban retired, Alex wrote a column for the Ringer under the headline “Nick Saban Made Alabama Too Big to Fail.” The same day, Godfrey argued in the Washington Post that the “theory that a post-Saban Alabama is too big to fail … ultimately misunderstands the…
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Former SB Nation coworker/SZD co-conspirator Rodger Sherman quit his day job before the 2023 season and drove to over 60 (!) college football games across the country. Enjoy the tale of Road Rodge, with a weird bonus moment at the end. Production: Anthony Vito. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get ac…
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Alex and Richard spend a half-hour talking about the national championship, the 2023 Michigan team's place in history, Jim Harbaugh cementing his legacy, and what might be next for Washington. Production: Anthony Vito. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.splitzone…
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Please enjoy this recording of Split Zone Duo Live in Houston, taped the night of 1/6/24 and presented by our friends at Homefield Apparel. We had an amazing crowd and loved doing a show about the season that was and the national championship between Michigan and Washington. But really, what got into Godfrey at the beginning of this show? Thanks to…
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