Paul Finebaum speaks at Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 2

Harvey Updyke Interview on The Paul Finebaum Show – 4-21-11 – Part 2

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I attended the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Oct 8, 2012 and enjoyed it very much. I got to ask a question. “Will we ever get to the point where someone else besides a running back, quarterback or receiver is considered for the Heisman Trophy? For instance, Barrett Jones is the center on the offensive line for Alabama and he won the Outland Trophy last year.”

Paul Finebaum responded that he hoped we would get to that point sometime in the future but we are not there yet. He said that West Virgina’s quarterback would be the first pick but that Barrett Jones would be picked soon after. He also wanted what a wonderful person Jones was and that he does so many great things off the field too.

Here is what walterfootball.com had to say about Jones:

2013 Draft Expectations: Jones should definitely be a first-round pick. He will have a four-year stack of good tape for NFL evaluators. The million dollar question is what his position will be in the NFL and which one he would fit best. If teams think he can play left tackle he could go in the top 16. If Jones is viewed as a center he could be a top 20 pick, but if he is looked at as a guard he’ll probably go in the 20-32 range. As far as talent goes, Jones could be a top 10 pick. It is extremely rare to have an offensive lineman enter the NFL with the capacity to start at all five positions on the line.

  • Barrett Jones, 6-5/311
  • Offensive Lineman
  • Alabama

Barrett Jones 2012 Preview
By Charlie Campbell

 

Career Recap: Jones has been core player for Alabama’s program the past three years. He has been a key contributor to the success of the Crimson Tide’s running game and its national championship victories in two of the past three seasons.As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Jones started 14 games at guard. He helped pave the way for running back Mark Ingram to win a Heisman Trophy as Alabama went undefeated en route to winning the title. As a sophomore, Jones stayed at guard and was a first-team All-SEC selection.

The Crimson Tide moved Jones to left tackle last year. Some questioned if Jones had the athletic ability to block on the edge, but he resoundingly silenced those concerns. Jones was excellent. He did a fabulous job of run blocking for Trent Richardson and was equally good in pass protection. In his biggest test of the year, the junior was playing very well against LSU before he sustained an ankle injury in the second half. Earlier in the evening, Jones was doing a phenomenal job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and Alabama had a lot of success running behind Jones. He also wasn’t getting help with LSU’s speed rushers on the edge, and Jones was rock solid, not allowing a sack or pressure while going up against two future first-round pass rushers in Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Jones played well in the rematch for the national championship and capped off a phenomenal season.

 Here is what the Democrat-Gazette had to say about the meeting.

Finebaum: Hogs can right ship with right hire

Talk-show host Paul Finebaum of Birmingham, Ala., speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday in Little Rock. Finebaum says the right coach can rejuvenate Arkansas’ football program.

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

Talk-show host Paul Finebaum of Birmingham, Ala., speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday in Little Rock. Finebaum says the right coach can rejuvenate Arkansas’ football program.

By Jeff Halpern

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LITTLE ROCK — The 2012 season has been a failure for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

But Birmingham, Ala., talk show host Paul Finebaum, who was the guest speaker at Monday’s Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock, said he doesn’t believe the long-term future is bleak for the Razorbacks, if they make the right decision when it comes to finding a new coach.

“As bad as Arkansas looks right now and as much as people are making jokes about them, they can get it turned around,” said Finebaum, who can be heard on WJOX-FM, 94.5, Birmingham and is syndicated on 30 stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and can heard on Sirius/ XM satellite radio and online at MyFoxFinebaum.com. “Jeff Long is about to make the biggest hire of his career and probably the biggest in the history of the Arkansas program. There’s a lot of upside if he makes the right hire. The downside can be cataclysmic, especially when you have Missouri to the north and Texas A&M to the south. A bad hire can cripple the program for a long time.”

The Hogs, picked No. 10 in The Associated Press preseason poll, are 2-4 under Coach John L. Smith, who was hired to a 10-month contract in mid-April after Bobby Petrino was fired for a pattern of manipulative and deceptive behavior in trying to cover up details of an April 1 motorcycle accident and his relationship with 25-year old Jessica Dorrell, whom he hired for a job in the football program.

Finebaum mentioned several potential candidates to replace Smith, starting with Louisville’s Charlie Strong, a Batesville native, whose Cardinals are 5-0 and ranked 18th in this week’s AP poll as the top candidate. Finebaum said former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis is the “most interesting” because of a 79-43 record in 10 seasons at Miami and North Carolina, but Davis was fired in July 2011 during an NCAA investigation that led to the Tar Heels vacating 16 victories from 2008-2009.

“As much as I respect Butch, I don’t know if he would be an easy choice,” Finebaum said.

Arkansas State Coach Gus Malzahn would be very popular, Finebaum said, because of his ties as the former offensive co-ordinatorat Arkansas in 2006 and his high-school success in Arkansas, where he won three state championships. Long’s reasoning for hiring Smith is understandable, Finebaum said, but he wonders to what extent Long knew of Smith’s financial problems, causing him to file for bankruptcy, listing $40.7 million in debt.

Still, Finebaum said it wasn’t too long ago that Alabama was in a similar situation, when Mike Shula was fired after going 26-23 from 2003-2006, including a 13-19 mark in SEC games with no victories over its rival Auburn. Alabama eventually hired Nick Saban, who is 60-12 overall, 34-8 in the SEC, with two national championships.

“They … offered the job to Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban, who both turned it down and [West Virginia Coach] Rich Rodriguez backed out, and Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore was target of a lot of jokes and people wondered if he would last,” Finebaum said. “But he went after Saban hard and landed the best coach in the country.”

Finebaum said he thinks Petrino will return to coaching in 2013 and will be remorseful after his firing.

“Bobby was someone who was never easy to like, but you respected him,” Finebaum said. “From the people I’ve talked to, I believe he wants to coach again.”

When asked about the head coaching job at Auburn, which fell to 1-4 after its 24-7 loss to Arkansas on Saturday, Finebaum said he thinks Auburn Coach Gene Chizik is safe for now, but if the losing persists, he wouldn’t be surprised if a change is made.

When asked why Chizik is under fire despite leading the Tigers to the BCS national championship two years ago, Finebaum said, “I think the issue is, ‘Was what happened two years ago an abberation because it’s obvious that he had a lot of success with Cam Newton at quarterback and has been a below-average coach without him?’ He looks like the 5-19 coach at Iowa State before he came to Auburn.”

Outside of the 2010 season, Chizik is 17-11 overall and 7-12 in SEC games.

Sports, Pages 15 on 10/09/2012

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