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Shutdown Fullcast

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The Fullcast celebrates all of the absurdity of college football, and is frequently, often, not about college football at all. Join hosts Spencer Hall, Jason Kirk and Ryan Nanni, as they delve into the biggest stories of the week—or not. Produced by Banner Society and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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The Fullcast celebrates all of the absurdity of college football, and is frequently, often, not about college football at all. Join hosts Spencer Hall, Jason Kirk and Ryan Nanni, as they delve into the biggest stories of the week—or not. Produced by Banner Society and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Big Fan

By FootballGameWatcher - Dec 11 2019
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I haven’t watched ANY CFB game in three years, and I never miss an episode.

They talk about Pitt

By H2P Here 2 Party - Dec 02 2019
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Not many people talk about Pitt

iTunes Ratings

1234 Ratings
Average Ratings
1129
29
18
10
48

Big Fan

By FootballGameWatcher - Dec 11 2019
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I haven’t watched ANY CFB game in three years, and I never miss an episode.

They talk about Pitt

By H2P Here 2 Party - Dec 02 2019
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Not many people talk about Pitt

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Shutdown Fullcast

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The Fullcast celebrates all of the absurdity of college football, and is frequently, often, not about college football at all. Join hosts Spencer Hall, Jason Kirk and Ryan Nanni, as they delve into the biggest stories of the week—or not. Produced by Banner Society and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Rank #1: Thanksgiving Disasters

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Perhaps more than any other holiday, Thanksgiving mixes volatile family dynamics, recipes that amateur cooks can easily bungle, travel stress, and the potential for major property damage. That's a mixture primed for disaster and, good LORD, did y'all have some disasters to share with us.

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Nov 22 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #2: Shutdown Fullcast 4.41 - Speedrunnin' Week 6

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THE FULLCAST RIDES FOR WEEK FIVE, which hits status as “a pretty good week” because it contains both “college football” and “passably good college football.” We tried to be quick about it, which went about as well as that usually does.

TOPICS:

--Spencer gets very excited about the best noon slate of the year, while Ryan and Jason remind him that it is still a noon slate

--Why Tennessee suddenly can’t lose football games, aka “the Butch Jones cashes in a decade of collected football karma skymiles all at once” stratagem

--Ryan finds a matchup so repellent even he cannot hate-watch it (good god, y’all)

--Did you know Maryland is undefeated, and could very realistically beat Penn State this weekend? That won’t be awkward at all for anyone, especially you, person who just realized Maryland is undefeated.

--Miami and FSU might be playing in a hurricane, which would be cool

--Georgia and South Carolina might be playing in a hurricane, which really wouldn’t be any different since South Carolina always looks like they’re playing in a stiff wind and driving rain even in clear skies and bright sunshine

--The Red River Rivalry is happening this weekend! Abandon hope, wake up early, and just see how nothing you anticipated happening happens again for the 111th time in a row

--Ryan leaves the podcast early, a la Mack Brown in the middle of the Toledo/BYU game

--Jason and Spencer answer reader questions as fast as they can, including the all-important question of what game is better for freakish weather than the 2000 Independence Bowl where it snowed in Shreveport? (A: nothing, ever)

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Oct 04 2016

42mins

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Rank #3: Shutdown Fullcast 40 for 40: The 2017 Cure Bowl

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Autonation is a terrible disease, so terrible we don't even know what it is or how it affects people. (My theory is it turns them into Transformers.) This is the Cure Bowl, Orlando's 19th bowl game, and our preview of it is exactly as long as it needed to be.

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Dec 07 2017

8mins

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Rank #4: Shutdown Fullcast 4.14.0

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The Shutdown Fullcast this week features all three cast members reunited at last. This is good because it requires the full powers of Ryan, Spencer, and Jason combined to admit the painful but obvious truth: that Ole Miss delivered for once, and saved everyone from the tedium of an event-free offseason.
Topics covered include:
-- "New York is the Reebok Pump of cities"
-- The debut of "Neil deGrasse Tyson, Football Analyst", and the debut of the gritties noble gas
-- How Laremy Tunsil had the absolute worst possible night on draft night, and how nothing should change at Ole Miss whatsoever, and how the SEC is the laziest conference imaginable in every lazy way possible because they are lazy. LAZY.
-- nope nope nothing happened at Alabama nope don't look no biggie nope
-- "Stand Up! With George Wallace", aka the most popular podcast in Birmingham
-- Reader questions, including a discussion of what the worst possible expanded universe would be, aka WHY THE GILMORE GIRLS IS THE MOST TEDIOUS SHOW EVER MADE

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May 04 2016

49mins

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Rank #5: Shutdown Fullcast 8.14: The Mockest Draft

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By my count, we drafted 8 quarterbacks, which seems absurd but watch the actual NFL pick nine in the first round this year and make us look lame. But will they draft a kicker? Will they draft an offensive lineman and make him play kicker? Will they forget one of the best defensive players in the whole draft is available until the first round is basically over?

No. And that's why you come to the Shutdown Fullcast, with special guest Harry Lyles. (Please follow Harry on Twitter - @harrylylesjr - and don't hold his appearance on this show against him. He just wanted to be a good coworker.)

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Apr 25 2018

59mins

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Rank #6: Shutdown Fullcast 4.40: The Hunt For Mack Browntober

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Florida State now has the same conference record as Boston College. This is just a fact we're offering you, and not in any way a commentary on the quality of the 2016 Seminoles. Other facts we discuss this week include:
- Tennessee's smart decision to spend all its bad luck in 2015 so this year can be nothing but amazing comebacks
- Washington making Stanford look Walt Harrisian
- Identifying the secret, true El Assico
- We're seriously asking if Oregon is going to make a bowl game, what the hell has happened to you Oregon
- Mike Gundy's not going to T. Boone's graduation party and we heard they're not even friends on Facebook anymore
- Spencer kind of sort of propositions Mack Brown for group sex
- I know, again
- Cal's defense won a game, Colorado is ranked, USC embarrassed someone else, and none of us know a single thing about UCLA-Arizona

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Oct 03 2016

43mins

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Rank #7: Shutdown Fullcast 2015 Hawaii Bowl Preview

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The Hawaii Bowl holds a unique standing amongst all bowl games in being the bowl game so inconveniently scheduled that not even diehards watch it. They do, however, discuss it only in the most superficial terms on a hastily recorded podcast recorded three days before Christmas.
Topics for the good and very bad:
--An intro about misophonia, or the inability to hear the sounds of someone eating or drinking without slapping the shit out of the person eating or drinking
--A full disclosure about how no one has ever watched a full Hawaii Bowl, ever
--A list of ways one can get out of sitting through an entire Christmas service as a child
--Remember how Notre Dame won their only bowl game of the Charlie Weis era in this bowl game? We do!
--Holly drinks a goddamn milkshake through the first minute or two of this podcast and it almost breaks Spencer mentally

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Dec 24 2015

6mins

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Rank #8: Shutdown Fullcast 4.24.0

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WE BACK. The summer preview quite literally rolls on, at least in Jason's case, since he recorded his portion in the car this week in transit to SEC Media Days. Does Jason, recording in his car on a phone over the ineptly paved and uneven highways of Alabama, still sound better than recording over Indiana internet? Yes, yes it does. You're better than Indiana at something, Alabama! STICK THAT CHEST OUT AND ROLL TIDE.
This one is...actually good? Actually GREAT. The teams this week are:
--MICHIGAN STATE. A team that somehow feels like they'll be fine by scoring fewer points, playing uglier football, and losing a quarterback whose personality was considered cancerous even by NFL quarterback standards. Then again: when has an experienced backup upperclassman being considered a given at QB ever gone wrong, we ask, when, when in the entire history of say, Florida football has that ever gone wro--
--NC State! They're definitely a football team? They have a pretty good defense? They'll play sort of ineffective offense, but do it quickly? They're in the ACC, and not named Florida State or Clemson, so [bucket of shrug emojis]?
--GEORGIA. A preview where we definitely do not say that Kirby Smart is Will Muschamp part 2, and where Jason yells out "ALL DAWGS MATTER" after suggesting you can get an undergraduate degree in conservative talk radio at the University of Georgia. Remember when Grayson Lambert went 24 for 25 against South Carolina, and was going to win the Heisman, and then five months later Mark Richt was coaching Miami? We do.
--Louisville! Summary: Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson
--TCU. Where when you play Pokemon Go, you find Gary Patterson and you find a Squirtle. We all agree that they're going to go 11-1, which is nothing but doom for TCU. SQUIRTLE WINS.

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Jul 13 2016

52mins

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Rank #9: Shutdown Fullcast 4.25.0

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Oh it's DOUBLE FULLCAST WEEK. This one might as well be the Brunch episode, because it involves a few prime ingredients (look, we're talking about Florida State, an excellent football team) mixed in with the lesser leftovers from the week you might not want to serve by themselves. (Hello, Indiana and Vanderbilt.)
Topics include:
--More yelling about FSU's Dalvin Cook, who should have been the Heisman winner last year, and how his football team might be real, real good around him already before you add in his unearthly talents.
--Vanderbilt discussion centers mostly around a.) Vandy improving to a lofty five win standard again, and b.) a lot of reminders about how dismal Vandy has been historically, like that's something that will make Vandy feel better about getting their teeth kicked in by Tennessee consistently again.
--Indiana! AMERICA'S MOST ZANDER DIAMONT TEAM.
--Texas Tech! They're just Indiana football, but dustier and blessed with Pat Mahomes at quarterback.
--Finally, Kansas State, which just gets kind of sad because it really, really feels like Bill Snyder's last season. (Even though it turns out that Bill Snyder is younger than man/chicken hybrid Kenny Rogers.)

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Jul 26 2016

58mins

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Rank #10: Shutdown Fullcast 4.54 - You Can't Lose To Kansas

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Though apparently you can lose to Iowa State, if you have really really really good hair. You can also lose to Boston College, but you have to be UConn, which, no, don't do that. You CAN'T lose to Central Michigan if you're Oklahoma State. They ran the numbers and it's mathematically impossible; please correct your flawed record book. Other topics!
- Rutgers, and Paul Wulff proves it could be so much worse
- Standing outside in the cold to prove you're tough
- Colorado won't make the Playoff but dang that'd be awesome
- An exploration of the madness that is the Apple Cup
- Vanderbilt tuned up Ole Miss, in case you missed it
- Tom Herman's airport habits
- Notre Dame is 4-7, just FYI

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Nov 21 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #11: Shutdown Fullcast 3.38.0

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A bloated 77 minute Fullcast is quite a bit to drop on you all at once, but everyone hired and fired a coach AND the championship weekend happened and we have to talk about all of it. ALL OF IT, WE SAY.
--SOMEONE HIRED WILL MUSCHAMP
--Another installment of "Spencer Hall's Butt Lists"
--A lengthy examination of how everyone hired in the SEC East is boring and predictable and formulaic and boring and yes we said boring twice
--An equally lengthy examination of how somehow out of nowhere the ACC did nothing but make good hires, including somehow pulling Bronco Mendenhall out of Utah and Dino Babers away from Bowling Green
--A breeze through the conference championship games, where every single conference played its prescribed role to the hilt
--ACC PUNTER ATTACK
--Jason's concluding appreciation of the greatest game of the weekend: Baylor trying to make up an entirely new offense live on the field against Texas while using only their fourth string quarterback who was really not the quarterback.

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Dec 07 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #12: Shutdown Fullcast 3.37.0

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The final regular season preview episode of the Shutdown Fullcast is an emotional one, especially when Ryan starts talking about the tragedy of putting tomatoes in the refrigerator.
Topics include:
--The Playoff rankings, and the discussion of every single scenario possible that might turn this otherwise clear national title setup into a complete trash-heap
--One of those is Florida winning! A thing that cannot happen!
--Reader questions, including the aforementioned passionate plea on behalf of tomato protectors everywhere, a refusal to read any questions not sent in by a woman, a protracted battle against the registered sexhavers of Twitter, and why Roomba would be better out of the backfield than easily half of the running backs in the nation.
--A truncated look at the week to come, and vigorous debate about the most racist and patriotic of the championship games.

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Dec 02 2015

59mins

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Rank #13: Shutdown Fullcast 8.15: Thanos and Batman Don't Do Cardio, Dave Wannstedt's Magic Sandwich Car, Scot Loeffler's Wikipedia Holidays

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Two of us have seen Avengers: Infinity War but the other hasn't, so we only get to talk about superheroes in a really vague and meandering and nudity-focused way. Dave Wannstedt is a superhero for our purposes. Fred Durst is not. Again, this is the only college football podcast. Please treasure it accordingly.

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May 01 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Shutdown Fullcast 4.23.0

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Jason joined us from Indiana to record this one from inside what sounds like a steamer trunk filled with spiders. We will never, ever let Jason do this again, or we will put him back inside a very real steamer trunk filled with spiders.
The teams previewed this week are:
--Mississippi State! Goddammit, Dan Mullen, you gigantic idiot. That and "Dak Prescott is gone" are your whole preview.
--LSU! Where Jason, from inside that spider-filled steamer trunk in Buttsville, Indiana, tries to sell us all on Brandon Harris being more than the typical LSU Quarterback Of The Moderately Damnable Quality.
--Arkansas! We mostly debate the various calendar-themed types of Arkansas teams Bret Bielema has created over the years: the SeptemBERT variety, the OctoBERT one, or the rarest and most potent of them all, the NovemBERT strain that still goes like 2-2, but does so with a powerful, entertaining vigor. Please don't firebomb our houses for discussing your football team, Arkansas fans.
--Penn State! Now with 100% less Christian Hackenberg, which might be a good thing? Oh, and they turned over their whole coaching staff, basically, so...JAMES FRANKLIN RECRUITING SOMETHING SOMETHING
--Duke, which we don't really preview because honestly we know nothing about them, will do no research, and are very glad David Cutcliffe will probably get them somewhere between 5-7 and 7-5 and better than Duke football should by any rights be.

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Jul 07 2016

57mins

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Rank #15: Shutdown Fullcast 4.4.0

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This week's episode of the Fullcast tackles the following oases of content in the otherwise barren landscape of mid-February:
--Spencer comes back from vacation to realize that the LSU football program does actually have a very thin chance of not happening next year due to Louisiana's budget stupidities
--A discussion of which coach has the most hidden debt (hint: the answer is based exclusively on a coach's sweatiness)
--A nightmarish proposal to mash certain fanbases and schools together into one horrible misbegotten beast-nation
--Which football coach is the Tom Crean of this sport? There's a lot of Tom Crean discussion in here, and man oh man is that fun
--The ultimate plan to survive coaching sixteen games in the NFL without any experience of any sort. Ryan thinks he could go 6-10 with the Dolphins! We do not.

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Feb 17 2016

56mins

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Rank #16: Shutdown Fullcast 4.1.0: Moms Who Like Wine

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The first episode of the FOURTH (fourth!) season of the Shutdown Fullcast begins with a discussion about Dolly Parton, and then pretty much flies downhill from there (because all things are downhill from the greatness of Dolly Parton.)
Topics include:
--Dolly, and all the things she's done for you
--Phoenix's perfect okayness as a host city for football, and Tampa's definite dismalness as a host city for football
--We have no offseason plans! Besides not reading Dad Fiction (we're totally reading Dad Fiction this offseason) and starting a business for "Moms Who Like Wine"
--Reader questions, including a discussion of what disrespected teams will be most disrespectedly disrespected before the season even starts
--Some lengthy discussion of The Revenant, which Jason and Spencer agree is just "fine" and is filled with "really disgusting things"
--The worst fast food restaurants that are actually so bad you would not eat at them despite your predilection for bad fast food
--More lengthy discussion, this time of things where your critical compass is completely off from everyone else's

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Jan 20 2016

59mins

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Rank #17: Shutdown Fullcast 4.7.0

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The Shutdown Fullcast returns this week with the following content provided to you during a season where there is ABSOLUTELY NO FOOTBALL CONTENT. We're basically magicians because a.) we make things appear out of nowhere, and b.) we're often awkward at parties, just like real magicians.
Topics include:
--The auspicious beginnings of the Will Muschamp era at South Carolina
--Two stories Bun B told us for free, including the time he was in a situation so bad that Suge Knight showing up was GOOD news
--A note of admiration for the genius who invented Blue Raspberry, the zone read of plays
--What to do when Purdue gets into your bloodstream
--Ryan speaks for several minutes in Ben Carson's voice, which he turns out to be pretty good at
--A question so heinous the clearest and safest answer is "Bob Davie"
--There's a school named "Moon Area", which isn't a question but is an important observation
--A terrifying realization that Charlie Weis WILL coach Rutgers one day

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Mar 16 2016

43mins

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Rank #18: Backyard Disasters II: The Backyardening

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The second annual edition of the Fullcast's open call for your worst backyard catastrophes did not disappoint, as our listeners spent their summers setting hornet's nests on fire, watching their fathers drive lawnmowers into bodies of water, burning evergreen trees and discovering why they are called "nature's portable dynamite," taking children to the emergency room after horrific family football games, and knocking out the power to whole swaths of their hometowns by throwing used sports gear at vulnerable pieces of public infrastructure. You are all very stupid, and we are so happy about it right now.

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Aug 21 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #19: Shutdown Fullcast 7.34 - Any Given Notre Dame

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Why is Jason only now revealing he's a lifelong Notre Dame fan? Which coaches are most eager to fight a fan, and which fans are most likely to give them a shot? Will Indiana get to 7 wins and make Steven Godfrey chicken rich? Would BYU score 30 points against a red card college football defense? Where were you the last time Iowa State was ranked? How can we possibly argue that Butch Jones won't get fired? Who is even asking these terrible questions?

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Oct 23 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #20: ShUTdown FUllcasT 7.45: ALL VOL Y'ALL

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Technically, this episode is not just about the Tennessee coaching search. We do talk a little bit about the Big 12/Big Ten/Pac-12/SEC Championship Games. We do try to understand the doublespeed mind of Jimbo Fisher. We do guess if Herm Edwards is older than Notable Old CFB Dudes. But most of this is about Tennessee continuing to bumble through a coaching search - and, yes, we DID finish recording right before the Mike Leach rumors all broke.

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Dec 01 2017

56mins

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