A few media notes on a Thursday:
• As has been the case most years, ABC has decided to televise the UM-FSU football game nationally, with an 8 p.m. start Sept. 16 from Tallahassee.
UM has lost seven in a row to FSU.
The game is earlier than usual this season; the last time they played this early was a Sept. 9 game in 2009.
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Both teams play games on each of the two Saturdays before that - UM home against Bethune Cookman and at Arkansas State, and FSU against Alabama in Atlanta and home against Louisiana-Monroe.
ABC will air that FSU-Alabama game at 8 p.m. that Saturday night during Labor Day weekend.
ABC experimented with Sunday night college football on Labor Day weekend last season (Notre Dame-Texas), and the game was terrific.
This year, ABC will have a game with far less national appeal in that slot: West Virginia-Virginia Tech in Landover, Md.
The Labor Day night game on ESPN will be Tennessee-Georgia Tech, from Atlanta, at 8 p.m.
Besides the aforementioned games, ABC/ESPN announced these other opening weekend games today:
Thu, Aug. 31
No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana
Fri, Sept. 1
Utah State at No. 11 Wisconsin
Sat, Sept. 2
Akron at No. 5 Penn State
Sat., Sept. 2
Kent State at No. 7 Clemson
Sat. Sept. 2,
NC State vs. South Carolina from Charlotte
Sat. Sept. 2,
No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 21 Florida from Arlington, Texas
Sat. Sept 2,
Appalachian State at No. 13 Georgia
Sat. Sept 2,
2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: BYU vs. No. 12 LSU from Houston
Sun, Sept. 3
2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge: South Carolina State at Southern
Sat, Sept. 9
No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 1 Ohio State
• For those wondering where those rankings come from, they’re from ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach’s post-spring rankings. He has UM 15th, FSU second and Alabama third.
For those who missed the news on my Twitter account last week (@flasportsbuzz), WQAM-560 dropped Curtis Stevenson, Joe Rose’s sidekick on his morning show, and replaced him with Zach Krantz, who was shifted from the afternoon show.
But Stevenson’s on-air absence won’t last long.
790 The Ticket will be giving Stevenson a trial run this weekend. He will host on the station from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
WQAM declined to explain why it dropped Stevenson.
But it accomplished a couple of things: It allowed WQAM to go with a two-man afternoon show (Marc Hochman/Channing Crowder) from 2 to 6 p.m., which management was comfortable with. It also saved the station some money, though WQAM didn’t say that was a factor.
So WQAM essentially chose Krantz over Stevenson as Rose’s partner. Krantz began that new role this week, having previously worked with Rose before joining WQAM’s afternoon show.
CBS, which owns WQAM, and Entercom, which owns 790 The Ticket, in February announced they will merge their radio properties later this year. Under the deal, CBS Radio's 177 stations will share ownership with Entercom's 127 stations to form the second largest radio group in terms of revenue in the country behind only iHeart Media.
But the Stevenson move was unrelated to that.
• In the wake of 100 ESPN layoffs, the network has publicized several extensions. Among them: Dick Vitale, 77, signed an extension through 2019-20 and Lee Corso, 82, signed a new two-year deal.
• Trey Wingo, who was passed over for Chris Berman’s former gigs hosting Sunday and Monday NFL Countdown, reportedly is in line to succeed Mike Greenberg as Mike Golic’s new ESPN Radio morning co-host. Samantha Ponder is replacing Berman on Sunday NFL Countdown, with Suzy Kolber given the Monday host job.
Greenberg is getting his own ESPN morning TV show beginning in January.
• Familiar names breaking into broadcasting this year: Former Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett is working 23 Houston Astros games, and Jose Canseco has received generally good reviews as an Oakland A’s studio analyst.
Please click here for my two Dolphins posts from Thursday - on Laremy Tunsil and some candid talk from Andre Branch about Miami’s delinquent run defense.