Month: October 2020

Urban's Playbook at Ohio Stadium

BIG NOON KICKOFF Celebrates Return of Big Ten Football Live from Columbus

Today on BIG NOON KICKOFF live from Columbus, Ohio, host Rob Stone and analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer celebrate the return of Big Ten football, break down the evolution of play calling and share their top storylines at this point in the college football season.

Quinn on the return of Big Ten football:
“I’m thankful the Big Ten is back. It’s so appropriate that Nebraska and Ohio State are the two teams to square off, because these are the two teams – the parents, the players and the coaches – they fought for this opportunity. They fought for the Big Ten to come back.”

Bush is curious to see how Big Ten teams will handle the abbreviated schedule?
“Which team can handle this schedule the best?”

“Some of these players are going to see what it’s like to play in an NFL type schedule when you have no room for error – every game is magnified.”

Meyer says today is a celebration of the student-athletes:
“Today is all about the players. It’s not about commissioners, it’s not about ADs, and certainly not about coaches. This is about the warriors on the field.”

“I’m excited to see arguably one of the most talented Ohio State offenses of all time. Every player on the starting 11 will be drafted in the NFL.”

In “Urban’s Playbook,” Meyer breaks down how play calling has evolved and what goes in to getting the play to the players on the field:
“Get the darn ball to your best players – that’s what coordinators and play-callers do.”

“The art of play-calling is a full-time job.”

Bush says getting the ball to the best players typically pays off:
“Getting the ball to your best players early and often usually pays off. I was a product of the environment and the people around me and the play-callers around me.”

Emmy Award winning broadcaster Tom Verducci highlights some of the best traditions in college football, including Ohio State’s storied “dotting the i.”

Leinart sat down with Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields to discuss how he dealt with uncertainty during the off-season:

Meyer says a two-loss SEC team could be a factor in the College Football Playoff conversation:
“We all discussed the SEC playing an unprecedented 10-game schedule. We all thought for sure they would beat each other up. That’s what’s happening. However, Alabama’s starting to separate. Alabama’s an elite team. But there are going to be at least two losses by every team other than Alabama in the SEC. That’s going to be a major storyline as this thing continues.”

Quinn says all eyes are on Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the Big Ten’s return to play:
“He’s going to be the player that everyone’s excited about watching this year – in part because of what he did last year, but really, what he can be in the future. We all know about Trevor Lawrence – everyone assumes he’s going to be the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft – Justin Fields is the guy who can change that narrative, and it starts today.”

Ahead of tonight’s game between Michigan and Minnesota, Meyer explains why momentum is important in college football:
“Momentum, especially in the college game is so critical, because when you finish strong like Minnesota, they beat Auburn, they go into recruiting in the offseason with great momentum.”

“I’m a little concerned about the Wolverines right now. The coaching staff has got to get momentum back. I used to say this to our staff and our players – at what cost? All cost. You don’t have to win this game. You have to win it big. You need momentum in your program.”


FOX Deportes Adds Taura MMA to its Elite Portfolio Beginning October 23

First of Five Events to Feature Three-Hour Fight Card from Rio de Janeiro

LOS ANGELES – FOX Deportes bolsters its elite sports portfolio with the addition of Taura MMA, a premier Brazilian MMA organization. The network presents its first Taura MMA event Friday, Oct. 23 live on the FOX Sports App at 8:00 PM ET. On Sunday, Oct. 25, Taura 10 debuts on FOX Deportes at 3:00 PM E

Founded in the state of Rio Grande do Sul by Djonatan Leao, Taura MMA launched in 2017. Taura’s roster features a mix of new talents and established fighters including many top names from Brazil. These fighers include Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Renan Barao, Rosimar Palhares and more.

“We actively seek to expand our portfolio in order to continue offering the most exciting sports properties to our viewers,” said Carlos Sanchez, FOX Deportes Executive Vice President/General Manager. “Leao has done a good job growing Taura MMA and we are excited to be working with them to bring viewers live action-packed events.”

Taura 10 bouts include:

  • Felipe Gheno vs. Bruno Korea – Flyweight Title Fight
  • Ary Farias vs. Johnny Campbell – Interim Bantamweight Title Fight
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Jared Revel – Middleweight Fight
  • Rene Pessoa vs. Wendell Oliveira – Middleweight Figh

Additional cards set to air on FOX Deportes include Taura 11 live on Friday, Oct. 30 from Kissimmee, Florida. The event is led by a heavyweight title fight between Richardson Moreira and Jonathan Wilson along with a bout between Brazilian heavyweight veteran Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Brett Martin. The lineup also includes live Taura events on Sunday, Nov. 22 from Kissimmee, Florida, Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 6 from Rio de Janeiro.

“The deal with FOX Deportes puts us on another level internationally and shows that our work is serious, focused and disruptive,” said Leao. “It’s the beginning of a partnership that will show the world that our goal is to be among the best MMA organizations on the planet.”

All Taura broadcasts are also available on the FOX Sports App.  Fans can also visit and follow FOX Deportes on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for interviews, results, analysis and highlights.

Spanish version:

FOX Deportes agrega Taura MMA a su portafolio elite a partir de 23 de octubre 

Primero de cinco eventos contiene 10 peleas desde Rio de Janeiro

LOS ÁNGELESFOX Deportes acentúa su lista de propiedades de primer nivel con la adición de Taura MMA, una de las mejores organizaciones de artes marciales mixtas en el continente americano. Taura 10, el primer evento de la organización brasileña en el canal, se estrena el viernes, 23 de octubre en vivo por el App de FOX Sports a las 8:00 PM, hora del Este. Taura 10 debuta en FOX Deportes el domingo, 25 de octubre a las 3:00 PM, hora del Este.

Fundada en el estado de Rio Grande do Sul por Djonatan Leao, Taura MMA empezó a finales del 2017. La organización ha crecido rápido, Colocando nueve eventos en menos de tres años. La nómina de peleadores de Taura posee una mezcla de nuevos talentos y nombres establecidos incluyendo muchos de reconocimiento en Brasil. Estos peleadores incluyen a Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Renan Barao, Rosimar Palhares y más.

“Siempre estamos buscando expandir nuestro portafolio para seguir ofreciendo las propiedades deportivas más emocionantes a nuestros televidentes”, dijo el Vicepresidente Ejecutivo/Gerente General de FOX Deportes Carlos Sánchez.   “Leao ha hecho un gran trabajo en crecer Taura y estamos muy contetos en trabajar con ellos para transmitir sus grandes eventos llenos de acción”.

Las pelease de Taura 10 incluyen:

  • Felipe Gheno vs. Bruno Korea – Pelea por el Título de Peso Mosca
  • Ary Farias vs. Johnny Campbell – Pelea por el Titulo Interino de Peso Gallo
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Jared Revel – Pelea de Peso Mediano
  • Rene Pessoa vs. Wendell Oliveira – Pelea de Peso Mediano

Otras carteleras transmitidas por FOX Deportes incluyen Taura 11 en vivo el viernes, 30 de octubre desde Kissimmee, Florida. El evento está encabezado por una pelea por el Título del Peso Pesado entre Richardson Moreira y Jonathan Wilson junto con una pelea entre el veterano brasileño Silva y Brett Martin.

FOX Deportes presenta otros eventos en vivo de Taura el domingo, 22 de noviembre (Sede por determinarse), miércoles, 4 de diciembre y viernes, 6 de diciembre en vivo desde Rio de Janeiro.

Todas las transmisiones de Taura están disponibles en el App de FOX Sports. Los fanáticos también puede visitar y seguir FOX Deportes en Twitter, Instagram y Facebook para entrevistas, resultados, análisis y videos.