Writer Aaron Torres breaks down the biggest topics in college football and college basketball in the most ridiculous way possible, as he's joined by co-host Nick Coffey and a variety of guests from around the sports world. Show airs twice weekly.
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It's Wednesday and we have a "Hump Day" version of the Aaron Torres Pod. Aaron gets you caught up on the coaching carousel as Mike Tomlin is linked to the USC job - then denies it, and we get one big piece of news that makes it clear James Franklin is looking to leave Penn State. Then Aaron rips through the updated national title odds in college hoops and plays "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong." Here's everything you need to know:Mike Tomlin rumors + a new twist in the James Franklin saga: Aaron opens the show by playing the latest chapter of "As the Coaching Carousel turns." He begins by talking about a wild week for Mike Tomlin (2:00). He explains how the Tomlin rumors started, discusses Tomlin's crazy denial and why Aaron doesn't blame the media for running with the story. Then he transitions to James Franklin. Aaron explains how one piece of news that came out this week seems to be a clear sign that Franklin is looking at options outside of Penn State (14:00). Updated college hoops title odds and best bets: Next up, Aaron discusses the updated college hoops national title odds via DraftKings Sportsbook. He gives his best bets, and explains who is undervalued, overvalued and the best long shots that can actually win it all - with conversation on UCLA, Kansas, Texas, Memphis, Illinois, Bama, UConn, Auburn and more (23:30). Finally he plays "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong," discussing Clemson, Tom Crean, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes and more (44:00)
It's Monday and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses the emergence of Ohio State as the second best team in the country, how Penn State's loss may cost James Franklin the USC or LSU jobs + should we be worried about Bama, Josh Heupel is making changes at Tennessee and is it time to talk about the ACC in the playoff race?Ohio State is the second best team in college football: Aaron opens the show by discussing Ohio State - after four straight big wins, have the Buckeyes established themselves as the second best team in college football (2:00)? Aaron thinks so, and explains how we got here, with a combination of Ryan Day shaking up his staff mid-season, the emergence of QB CJ Stroud and the best group of skill position guys in college football.Penn State loses, new OT rules + did James Franklin cost himself the USC or LSU job?: Next Aaron transitions to the one big upset of the day, Penn State falling to Illinois in nine - yes, NINE - overtimes. He explains why he hates the new overtime rules and why its time to change them (17:00). From there, he takes a deep dive into the ramifications of the loss, asking did James Franklin cost himself a shot at the USC or LSU head coaching job (22:00)?Alabama questions, Tennessee/Heupel + ACC Playoff picture: Finally, Aaron wraps with some rapid fire thoughts on the week - did Alabama again prove they aren't "national title" good, in a game against Tennessee where they were up by just a TD late into the game (34:00)? Is Josh Heupel doing maybe the best "coaching job" in college football this year at Tennessee (45:00)? Finally, he talks Caleb Williams and wonders, is it time to finally acknowledge that maybe, just maybe the ACC is in the playoff picture thanks to Wake Forest and Pitt's successes this season?!
It's Friday, you're working for the weekend and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Pod. Aaron circles back on the Dabo/LSU rumors, and explains the one job he believes Dabo would leave for (hint: It's not Alabama). He also previews the Week 8 slate and welcomes in Texas star guard Marcus Carr to discuss the loaded Longhorns. Here's a full rundown of the show:More on the Dabo/LSU rumors + Week 8 preview: Aaron opens the show by circling back on the Dabo Swinney/LSU rumors. He explains why he isn't sold on Dabo leaving for LSU (or Alabama) but discusses one situation he could see Dabo leaving Clemson for down the road (2:00). From there, he previews the Week 8 slate, discussing Clemson being an underdog against Pitt, LSU-Ole Miss, Tennessee-Bama, Oregon-UCLA, USC-Notre Dame and more (18:00)Texas basketball star Marcus Carr joins the show: Finally, college hoops is coming and preseason All-American and Texas star Marcus Carr joins the Aaron Torres Pod (41:00). He discusses the NBA Draft process, his decision to transfer and why he ultimately chose Texas. Also, what is his relationship like with Chris Beard? What would he say to people who say the Longhorns have *too many* good players? And what is campus like with the Longhorns ranked in the Top 5? Most importantly, can this team really bring a title to Austin in Year 1 of the Chris Beard era? ***** Every episode of the Aaron Torres is brought to you by our partners at DraftKings - and while the focus is college football, basketball season has started - and DraftKings has an INCREDIBLE offer for listeners of the Aaron Torres Podcast. RIGHT NOW, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering new customers a chance to win $200 in free bets if they bet $5 on any team --- and that team wins. All they have to do is win. Not cover, just win outright.To take advantage of the promo - click THIS LINK1.) Make Your First Deposit2.) Make a $5 moneyline bet on any team3.) And if your team wins, you get an automatic $200 thanks to our friends at DraftKings.It's the best offer going - so act now!If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL).Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN).*21+ (18+ WY). AZ/CO/IL/IN/IA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min $5 deposit. Min $1 wager.Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.
It's Wednesday and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Pod. We have a LOADED Wednesday show as Aaron quickly reacts to the Nick Rolovich firing at Washington, before moving onto to an update on the LSU coaching job. Could we have a surprise leader and would Dabo ever *really* leave Clemson? Finally, reaction to the first AP Poll of the college hoops season and "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong"Nick Rolovich fired, a new leader for the LSU job + would Dabo ever leave Clemson: Aaron opens the show with the shocking development at Washington State, where Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to get vaccinated (2:00). From there, he pivots to LSU, where he asks: Has a surprise leader emerged for the LSU job (16:30). Also after Dabo Swinney's name was loosely speculated at LSU, Aaron say that's not an accident and wonders if Dabo would ever leave for another job.AP College Hoops Poll + Aaron Right, Aaron Wrong: Finally, Aaron wraps with some quick reaction to the first AP college hoops poll - and gives you five teams he believes are either overrated or underrated in the first ranking (36:00). Finally, he plays "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" talking Coach, the UConn job and why he was dead wrong on Spencer Rattler.
We had to release Monday's Aaron Torres Podcast early, as Aaron discusses Coach O's firing, who's next at LSU and defending Tennessee fans after the craziness of Saturday. Plus, who is best equipped to beat Georgia and is the pressure mounting on Dan Mullen? Here's the full rundown:Coach O OUT + Who's next at LSU: Aaron reacts to the shocking news, that Coach O is officially out as LSU's head coach (2:00). He has all the details, and then begins to look at who could potentially replace Coach O as the next head coach (7:30). He looks at the plusses and minuses of guys like Jimbo Fisher, Lane Kiffin, James Franklin, Mario Cristobal and wonders who is realistic and who isn't?Craziness in Knoxville, Georgia + Dan Mullen: Next up, Aaron reacts to the rest of a WILD college football weekend, starting with the craziness at Tennessee. He explains what happened, separates fact from fiction and says why you can't *only* blame Tennessee fans for what happened on Saturday night (30:30). Finally, he asks, which team is best suited to beat Georgia (48:30) and wonders - is it time to start asking some tough questions on Dan Mullen, after a loss on Saturday dropped his team to 4-6 in his last 10 games dating back to last year (1:00:03)
Aaron has a MEGA show, as he discusses the Oklahoma quarterback mess in Norman, and whether Mark Stoops would ever leave Kentucky (and what jobs would interest him) before previewing a loaded Week 7. Then he chats about top basketball prospect Shaedon Sharpe potentially leaving high school early and Jordan Walsh's commitment to Arkansas. Here's a full rundown of today's show: Oklahoma QB mess, would Mark Stoops leave Kentucky + Week 7 preview: After a quick message from our partners at DraftKings (2:00), Aaron hits on the big college football topics. He talks about the QB drama at Oklahoma (5:00), would Spencer Rattler hit the portal and where could he end up, before answering the question every Kentucky fan wants to know: Is there any chance Mark Stoops leaves Lexington for another school, and what would interest him (17:00)? Finally, a Week 7 preview, discussing Kentucky-Georgia, Alabama-Mississippi State, Florida-LSU, Auburn-Arkansas and Lane Kiffin's return to Rocky Top (30:00). College hoops news - Shaedon Sharpe headed to college early + Jordan Walsh to Arkansas: Finally, Aaron wraps by switching to college hoops. Could the No. 1 high school player in America, Shaedon Sharpe, head to Kentucky early (42:00)? And is it possible that he enroll, never play at UK and go to the NBA Draft? Finally, Aaron talks about the commitment of Jordan Walsh, a five-star to Arkansas, and how Eric Musselman is building a monster in Fayetteville (51:00). A quick reminder: Today's episode is brought to you by our partners at... DRAFTKINGS SPORTSBOOK! DraftKings has a GREAT deal for this October: New users bet $1 on any MLB Playoff Game, NHL or NFL game and win $100 in free bets if their MLB team records a hit in baseball, their NHL team scores a goal in hockey, or their NFL team scores a point in football.That's right - $1, if your team gets one hit, point or goal... you win $100 in free bets!To take advantage of this offer, click this link, then:1.) Make Your First Deposit2.) Place a $1 Wager on any NFL, MLB, or NHL Game. 3.) If either team scores a point in football, either team scores a goal in hockey, or either team to record a hit in baseball, you'll receive $100 in Free Bets instantly!It's the best offer going - so act now! **************If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL).Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN).*21+ (18+ WY). AZ/CO/IL/IN/IA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min $5 deposit. Min $1 wager.Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.
We have a loaded Wednesday show, as Aaron discusses the Jon Gruden e-mails, and the big angle no one is talking about. He does his first look at Kentucky-Georgia this weekend, and with both jobs set to open, asks the question: Which job is better, LSU or USC? Finally, he wraps with "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong." Here's a full rundown:Jon Gruden e-mails: Aaron opens the show by discussing the biggest topic in sports - Jon Gruden's e-mails (2:00). Aaron explains why there is no "hot take" about the situation, but he does believe that there is one aspect of this that no one in the media is discussing: Why did the e-mails come out now, and how did they get out? Also, why were Gruden e-mails released in an investigation of the Washington Football Team, and what is the NFL hiding by not releasing any other e-mails?Kentucky-Georgia first look + which job is better - LSU or USC: Next, Aaron turns to the college game. He gives his first look at Kentucky-Georgia, explains what Kentucky needs to do to be competitive and wonders if we really know just yet if Georgia is truly elite or not (16:00). Next, with USC open and LSU set to open he answers the question everyone has been asking: Which job is better (25:00)? Finally, he wraps with "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" talking Coach O, Alabama's ceiling, Zach Wilson and the worst NFL prediction he made in the off-season (39:00).
We had an ALL-TIME Saturday and Aaron is here to recap it all: He talks Alabama's loss to A&M, Bama's one problem and why it might not get fixed. He also shares his theory on why there's no great teams this season. Plus reaction to an insane Red River game, PSU-Iowa and who is the best team in the Big Ten? Here's a full rundown:Alabama loses, why the Tide could be in trouble + why there are no great teams this year: Aaron opens the show by discussing the truly shocking Alabama loss to Texas A&M (1:30). Aaron explains why he believes Alabama isn't just going to figure out its problems this year (7:00) and the one reason they have taken a step back (11:00). Also, Aaron shares his theory as to why there appear to be no great teams (outside of maybe Georgia) this year. His reasons might surprise you (17:00). Red River Rivalry, Oklahoma's playoff chances + Big Ten's best team: From there Aaron continues with a historic weekend. He discusses an ALL-TIME Red River game, Caleb Williams vs. Spencer Rattler and why all of a sudden Oklahoma is in the driver's seat to make the playoff (30:30). Plus, Penn State-Iowa reaction (45:00) and a conversation on who whether Iowa, Penn State (if healthy), Ohio State or Michigan is the best team in the Big Ten (52:30). Finally, some quick thoughts on Coach O post Kentucky, Mark Stoops continued rise, Arkansas-Ole Miss and much more
It's Friday and we have a loaded show. Aaron wonders how frustrated Texas A&M fans should be with the highly-paid Jimbo Fisher after the Aggies' 3-2 start, as well as an absurd poll that said 70+ percent of AD's wouldn't hire Urban Meyer if he came back to college. Plus, a full Week 6 preview, including thoughts on Penn State-Iowa, Texas-Oklahoma and a loaded SEC slate. Here's a full rundown of today's show:Jimbo Fisher frustration? Plus Urban Meyer future: Aaron opens the show by discussing one simple question: Jimbo Fisher is the second-highest paid coach in college football, yet Texas A&M is in last place in the SEC West. How frustrated should Aggies fans be with their highly-paid coach (6:00). From there, Aaron discusses a survey done, where 70+ percent of college athletic directors say they wouldn't hire Urban Meyer, and explains why those AD's are liars (20:00). Finally, a bizarre situation between Coach O and an LSU fan this week. Loaded Week 6 Preview: Finally, Aaron discusses a monster Week 6 slate in college football. He explains why he believes Iowa will take care of Penn State in their mega showdown, while Texas could be in trouble against Oklahoma, and why he has no idea what to make of Michigan-Nebraska. Finally, thoughts on the loaded SEC slate, including Alabama-A&M, Georgia-Auburn, Arkansas-Ole Miss, LSU-Kentucky and much, much more A quick reminder: Today's episode is brought to you by our partners at... DRAFTKINGS SPORTSBOOK! DraftKings has a GREAT deal for this October: New users bet $1 on any MLB Playoff Game, NHL or NFL game and win $100 in free bets if their MLB team records a hit in baseball, their NHL team scores a goal in hockey, or their NFL team scores a point in football.That's right - $1, if your team gets one hit, point or goal... you win $100 in free bets!To take advantage of this offer, click this link, then:1.) Make Your First Deposit2.) Place a $1 Wager on any NFL, MLB, or NHL Game. 3.) If either team scores a point in football, either team scores a goal in hockey, or either team to record a hit in baseball, you'll receive $100 in Free Bets instantly!It's the best offer going - so act now! **************If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL).Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN).*21+ (18+ WY). AZ/CO/IL/IN/IA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min $5 deposit. Min $1 wager.Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.
There are no shortage of big topics on today's Aaron Torres Pod! Aaron explains why it's preposterous to think Urban Meyer should be fired for the videos that surfaced this week - but his time in the NFL is ticking. Also, if Coach O ends up out at LSU, who are the candidates? Finally, "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" discussing Bama, Oregon, Georgia and the Kansas City Chiefs. Here's a rundown:Urban Meyer's future: Aaron opens the show by discussing the latest in the Urban Meyer fiasco (2:30). He explains why its absurd to think he should be fired over the videos that surfaced - but also, why this incident is further proof that he isn't cut out for the NFL. Also, how this week's news may have impacted Meyer's ability to get a college job in the future. Coach O's future: Next up, Aaron talks Coach O (17:00). No Coach O has not been fired, but his team is struggling and there is no reason to get think they'll get better any time soon. After reports surfaced on who could be next, Aaron lists his candidates - including two current SEC coaches - and the plusses and minuses of each. Also, would James Franklin choose USC or LSU if he's offered both?Finally, Aaron wraps on "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" (37:00), discussing LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Oregon - plus why he was waaaay wrong on the Kansas City Chiefs, and right on Deshaun Watson
We have a MEGA Aaron Torres Pod - as Aaron recaps a wild weekend in football. Aaron discusses Alabama and Georgia separating from the pack, why Cincinnati is now a playoff contender and why it's time to appreciate what Mark Stoops has done at Kentucky. Plus, Coach O's seat grows warmer, is Michigan legit this year and what to make of that Urban Meyer video? Here's the full rundownAlabama and Georgia separating and will Cincy make the playoff? Aaron opens the show by discussing how Alabama and Georgia have separated from the pack, and also, who he believes is the better team - the Dawgs or Tide, as the answer might surprise you (1:30). Then Aaron transitions to Cincinnati, which won at Notre Dame Saturday - and as Aaron explains, we now have a perfect storm for the Bearcats to make a run at the playoff (24:00). Appreciating Mark Stoops, Coach O hot seat, Michigan might good and Urban Meyer video: Finally, Aaron goes through the rest of a MEGA weekend in college football. He explains why it's time to appreciate what Mark Stoops has accomplished at Kentucky (34:30), why Coach O's seat is officially on fire after LSU lost to Auburn (45:40) and if it's finally time to admit that Michigan football might actually be good this year (57:00)? Finally, a discussion on the video that swept the internet, involving Urban Meyer, as Aaron asks once again whether Meyer is really cut out for the NFL and what his future actually holds?Today's episode is brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook - if you bet $1 on Monday Night's Game, DraftKings gives you $150 in FREE Bets. But only if you click this link, via the Aaron Torres Podcast
It's Friday and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Pod. Aaron previews a MEGA Week 5 in college football - hitting on Ole Miss-Bama, Arkansas-Georgia and all the other big games on the slate. Then he talks two mega commitments in college hoops - Nick Smith to Arkansas and Jaden Bradley to Alabama. Here is the rundown:A look across all the big games in college football: Aaron opens the show by discussing the mega Week 5 slate in college football. Included are thoughts on whether Ole Miss can actually beat Bama (1:30), and why Georgia has as much to prove as Arkansas in their matchup on Saturday. Then, a discussion on if Michigan is actually any better this year or have just played bad competition (15:00) and finally he wraps on all the other big games, including Cincinnati-Notre Dame, Auburn-LSU, Florida-Kentucky, Kansas State-Oklahoma and others.Two huge commits in college hoops: Next up, Aaron talks about two mega commitments in college hoops. The first came Wednesday, when five-star guard Nick Smtih committed to Arkansas (29:00). Aaron explains why this is huge for the Razorbacks program, and shows that this is a continuation of last year's Elite Eight run. Then he wraps with another big commit, as five-star Jaden Bradley is headed to Alabama. Aaron discusses if the five-star is actually *underrated* and the incredible recruiting run Nate Oats is on (40:15).
We have a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. It's "Show Me Something Saturday" and Aaron explains why teams like Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Clemson and Kentucky have something to prove. Then, with college hoops starting he lists his biggest storylines coming into the year - including Memphis, Texas and Chris Beard and the exhausting Coach K retirement tour. Here is a full rundown:"Show Me Something Saturday in College Football": Aaron opens the show by discussing why Saturday is the weekend where we learn a *lot* about college football teams. Included, why we learn if Ole Miss is a fraud or not (3:00), if Alabama is really the best team (7:00) and if Georgia is truly elite in their game against Arkansas (10:00). Then, a discussion on Michigan's trip to Wisconsin (11:30), Clemson playing for pride and why Kentucky can prove they're the second best team in the East Saturday (12:00). College Hoops practice starts - what are the biggest storylines: College hoops practice officially started on Tuesday, and Aaron gives his seven biggest storylines coming into the year. Among them - the fascinating Memphis Tigers (27:00) and even more fascinating Texas Longhorns with Chris Beard (34:20). Then he discusses UCLA and Gonzaga (40:30), if Kentucky can bounce back (47:00) and why the Coach K retirement tour will be exhausting (50:00).
We have a jam packed Monday Aaron Torres Podcast! Aaron opens with a big announcement before breaking down Notre Dame-Wisconsin (and why it's time to appreciate Brian Kelly) and what's the ceiling of Arkansas after beating Texas A&M? Plus, how bad is Oklahoma, is Clemson's season done and more. Here is a full rundown:A big announcement + an appreciation of Brian Kelly: Aaron opens the show with a big personal announcement (2:30) before transitioning to the weekend in college football. He explains why it's time to appreciate Brian Kelly and why, after all these years, Notre Dame might actually be *underrated* on the college football landscape (6:45). Arkansas, A&M, Oklahoma and more: Finally, Aaron opens the second half of the show by discussing Arkansas's mega win over Texas A&M (25:30). After a second win over a Top 25 team, just how high is the Hogs ceiling? And from A&M's perspective can this season be salvaged (37:00). Finally he discusses all that plagues Oklahoma, if Clemson's season is done, Florida's win over Tennessee and why poor Nebraska can't get out of its own way and the rest of Week 4 in college football (42:00)
It's a LOADED Friday episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron opens the show discussing the five things we know about college football so far - including the depth of the SEC and Big Ten, and whether the ACC is the worst conference in recent college football history. Then he previews Week 4 of college football, hitting on Wisconsin-Notre Dame, Arkansas-A&M and more. Here's a full rundown:Five things we know about college football so far: We will be a quarter of the way through the college football season - and Aaron lists the five things he knows so far in college football. Included, if there is any dominant team in the sport (3:30), why the SEC might be deeper than ever (10:00), same with the Big Ten (16:45), and if the ACC is the worst power conference we've ever seen (21:30). Plus, the one team that Aaron feels *very* confident will make the College Football Playoff this winter - and it ain't Alabama or Georgia (25:00).Week 4 College Football Preview: After a short break, Aaron looks ahead to Week 4 in college football. He explains why we'll learn a lot about both Notre Dame and Wisconsin following their showdown Saturday in Chicago (31:00) and wonders who has the edge in Arkansas-Texas A&M (37:00). He wraps by talking Tennessee-Florida, LSU-Mississippi State, Clemson-NC State, Louisville-Florida State and the rest of Saturday's slate (41:00).To read Aaron's college football picks, visit Aaron Torres Online
It's Wednesday and we have a loaded Aaron Torres Podcast, as Aaron discusses Dereck Lively's commitment to Duke, why he was wrong on Jon Scheyer and what it means for Kentucky. Then he gives quick reaction to the 2022 SEC schedule release, and plays "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" discussing Georgia's rise, Oklahoma's struggles, CFB Playoff expansion and Ben Simmons:Dereck Lively commits to Duke, what's next for Kentucky, Nick Smith: Aaron opens the show by discussing big news in the world of college hoops recruiting, as the No. 2 player in America, Dereck Lively II committed to Duke (2:30). Aaron explains why Lively is the rare high school player who will have Day 1 impact in college hoops, and why he was wrong on Jon Scheyer. Also, is there anything Kentucky could have done differently and where do they go from here? He also spends a minute talking about Nick Smith, a guard from Arkansas who is set to commit next week. SEC Football Schedules, Aaron Right, Aaron Wrong: Next up, Aaron does a quick reaction to the 2022 SEC Football schedule release (20:00). He discusses Alabama finally going on the road for a big game in the out of conference (are we sure it will be out of conference), and why Auburn and Florida have great schedule set-ups and Arkansas and Tennessee not so much. Finally, he plays "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" talking Georgia football, College Football Playoff expansion and Ben Simmons' bizarre hold out in Philadelphia (30:00).
It's a LOADED Monday Aaron Torres Podcast! Aaron explains why he believes this will be the year we get real playoff shake-up, discusses who is most disappointing - Clemson, Oklahoma or Ohio State and if this is the year Penn State breaks through after beating Auburn? Plus, should Alabama be worried after a narrow win over Florida?! Here's a rundown:Are we headed toward an unprecedented playoff?: Aaron opens the show by asking the question - after years of fans complaining about the same teams getting into the playoff every year, is the season we finally get shake-up (2:00)? Aaron explains why teams like Oregon, Iowa, Penn State and BYU could all be in the playoff mix late, while also discussing the struggles of some of college football's powers. He also asks: Which team should we be most worried about, Clemson, Oklahoma or Ohio State, with all three struggling (12:00)?Penn State dominates and Alabama struggles: Finally, Aaron wraps the show by talking about the mega games on Saturday. He explains why he believes Penn State's win over Auburn not only makes them the favorite in the Big Ten, but also a legitimate College Football Playoff contender (27:30). Also, did we actually learn anything about Auburn, despite their close, hard-fought loss on Saturday? Finally he wraps talking Alabama-Florida - the Tide were outscored 26-10 after the first quarter and outgained by 100 yards. Is it time for concern Bama (39:30)? Finally, Aaron wraps with thoughts on Ole Miss, USC and much, much more
You're working for the weekend - so get ready with a new Aaron Torres Pod! Aaron previews all the big Week 3 games, including Florida-Bama, Auburn-Penn State and Nebraska-Oklahoma. Then he discusses Top 5 recruit Chris Livingston committing to Kentucky, and why this is *bigger* than you think, and is joined by his old friend Nick Coffey.Full Week 3 preview: Aaron breaks down the entire Week 3 slate. he explains why he isn't worried about Bama at Florida (3:00), why Auburn-Penn State is the most fascinating game of the weekend (11:00) and breaks down the once great Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry that is no longer great (15:30). From there he wraps on the rest of the slate, including Cincinnati-Indiana, South Carolina-Georgia and two Pac-12 games that have piqued his interest. Top 5 prospect Chris Livingston commits to Kentucky: Next up, Aaron talks hoops and the commitment of five-star forward Chris Livingston to Kentucky (27:00). Aaron explains why the commitment is bigger than just *another* elite player committing to Kentucky, and why the Wildcats are finally getting back to the kind of players needed to compete for national championships. Also, what does John Calipari have up his sleeve for the rest of this class?Finally, Aaron's old friend Nick Coffey joins to wrap the show - as the guys discuss how elite the USC coaching job is, if we're going to *finally* get some shakeup with the College Football Playoff this year (and is that a good thing?) and a wild story out of the Louisville athletic department (42:00)
We have a LOADED mid-week Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron dedicates most of today's show to the news that USC has fired Clay Helton. He lists the candidates that he would call if he were AD, who else could be in the mix and why he believes that USC has more at stake, than ever before, when making this hire. Clay Helton was fired + Who would Aaron hire: Aaron opens the show by discussing the big news, the firing of Clay Helton at USC (3:00). Aaron explains why Helton had to go, but why it also can't be forgotten how he helped stabilize the program during turbulent times. From there Aaron explains why this job is better than its ever been (11:45) lists off the three coaches he would call if he were the USC AD (14:30) and the rest of the guys that could be in the mix for the job (25:30). He also explains why a few popular candidates on message boards aren't realistic. Finally, he explains why this hire is more important than ever - and why if USC gets it wrong, they could lose fans that will never come back to the program (36:00). Make sure to subscribe to the Aaron Torres Podcast:AppleSpotify
It's Monday and we have a loaded Aaron Torres Podcast, as he fully wraps Week 2 of college football, included - Oregon dominating Ohio State, if its time for the Buckeyes to worry, Texas is not back, Clay Helton's scorching hot seat and more. Here is a full rundown: Pac-12 picks up another signature win + time to worry about Ohio State: Aaron opens the show by discussing Oregon's dominant and stunning win over Ohio State Saturday (1:30). He explains why this is another signature win for the Pac-12, explains why the league finally seems to be catching up with the rest of college football, and also, just how good can Oregon be this year? Also, how big could the Oregon-UCLA game on October 23rd be? Finally, we ask just how worried Ohio State fans should be, after two losses in three games and a track record dating back to last year of struggling against just about everyone (12:30).Texas is NOT back, Sam Pittman keeps rolling: From there, Aaron continues discussing Texas getting steamrolled at Arkansas (22:20). He discusses why everyone seemed to enjoy Texas's struggles so much, why they're the most arrogant fan-base in college football, and also where they would rank if they were actually in the SEC? Finally he discusses the incredible turnaround at Arkansas, where Sam Pittman continues to work wonders after last season (31:45). Clay Helton hot seat and the rest of college football: Finally, Aaron wraps by discussing USC's embarrasing loss and why it's officially time for Clay Helton to go (41:00). He wraps on Michigan beating Washington, why he's officially out on Iowa State, Texas A&M, Kentucky and the rest of the weekend in college football.
It's a mega Friday episode as Aaron welcomes two-time national champion and now Hall of Famer Jay Wright to the show! The Villanova coach discusses the Hall of Fame, old school Big East rivalries, coaching the Olympics and his 2021-2022 Wildcats. Before that, Aaron does a deep dive into Week 2 of the college football season and discusses the Big 12's expansion plans, which could be announced Friday. Here's a rundown:Full Week 2 CFB Preview + Big 12 Expansion: Aaron opens the show by discussing an intriguing Week 2 college football slate. He explains why he's not sold on Oregon as they head to Ohio State (4:00) and why Jim Harbaugh has a must-win game vs. Washington (12:30). He then previews Iowa-Iowa State (18:10), Texas-Arkansas (21:00) and Missouri-Kentucky (25:45), before transitioning to Big 12 expansion. Will the league actually get the respect it deserves, with BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF expected to join as early as Friday (31:30)Villanova coach Jay Wright joins the show: Next, we have a MEGA guest, as Villanova coach Jay Wright joins the show, as he gets set to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday (41:00). He discusses what the honor means, his best memories of coaching at Villanova and what it was like to coach the US Olympic team this summer. Then he talks old school Big East rivalries and his 2021-2022 which most people believe is one of the Top 5 teams in the country.
It's Thursday and we've got a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses the single biggest Week 2 storyline no one is talking about, another epic Nick Saban rant and the No. 1 high school basketball in America, Shaedon Sharpe, committing to Kentucky. Then he makes his Super Bowl pick and chats with Aaron Torres Online NFL writer John Frascella about the season ahead.Marquee Week 2 storyline, Nick Saban rant, Super Bowl pick: Aaron opens the show by putting an interesting twist on Saturday's Washington-Michigan game - is this the biggest non-Ohio State game of Jim Harbaugh's career (4:00)? Aaron explains why he thinks the answer is yes. He then discusses Nick Saban's epic post-practice rant on Wednesday (12:00) and why it proves once again why he's the GOAT. Finally, with the NFL kicking off on Thursday night, Aaron makes his Super Bowl prediction (19:00).Shaedon Sharpe commits to Kentucky: Next, Aaron discusses Shaedon Sharpe - the top high school basketball player in America - committing to Kentucky (23:00). Yes, UK has gotten major commitments before, but Aaron explains why this is different, why it's a sign of the program getting right and why Kentucky might be ready for a "Revenge Tour" come this winter. NFL writer John Frascella previews the NFL season: Finally, Aaron Torres Online NFL writer John Frascella joins the show to preview the season ahead (38:00). John discusses the rookie quarterbacks, and why he's not sold on Trevor Lawrence going forward. Also his surprise team, Super Bowl picks and what's he's looking for from Cowboys-Bucs on Thursday night.Make sure to subscribe to John's podcast "Pickin' Pigskin Winners" here.Also, we will have a new episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast Thursday, previewing Week 2 of college football, with a very special guest.
Week 1 of college football is in the books and Aaron has you covered with a LOADED show. He discusses Georgia's domination, and how worried Clemson should be from the loss, as well as UCLA saving the Pac-12, and Coach O's hot seat heating up. Plus, much more! Here's the rundown:Georgia-Clemson reaction: Aaron opens the show by discussing his preseason national championship pick - the Georgia Bulldogs (1:30). Aaron explains why the win was key not just for this weekend but the whole season, and why everything is lined up for the Dawgs to make another playoff run. Also, how concerned should Clemson fans be, especially with a schedule that includes zero ranked teams the rest of the season (13:00). UCLA rolls and is Coach O starting to feel the heat?: Next, Aaron discusses a marquee win for UCLA at the Rose Bowl (21:30). He explains the most shocking part of the game, and why this win is not only big for UCLA, but Chip Kelly and the Pac-12 as well. Then he turns his attention to Coach O. Fair or not, he is feeling the heat after this game. What does he need to do to keep the job, and who are LSU fans already targeting as their next head coach if things don't get fixed (31:30)? Finally, Aaron wraps discussing the rest of the weekend, from Alabama's dominant win, why Texas and Florida State exceeded expectations, and the Wisconsin-Penn State and Iowa-Indiana Big Ten showdowns. Then he wraps on an impressive showing from Kentucky and does a deep dive on UConn, where Randy Edsall has retired. He express his frustration with how it went down, and how unfair it was to all the Husky players (1:00:00)
We have a special BONUS episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast - as Aaron gives you a preview of his new podcast "College Football Betting" with Aaron Torres. In this show, he gives you a detailed, analytical breakdown of the biggest games of the weekend. Aaron breaks down the following games - Clemson-Georgia (9:00), Miami-Alabama (12:30), a quick look at the Ohio State-Minnesota game that was played on Thursday (16:15) and a Top 25 showdown between Penn State and Wisconsin (19:30). He wraps on LSU-UCLA (23:00), and wraps on Louisiana-Texas, Indiana-Iowa, Notre Dame-Florida State and Louisville-Ole Miss (25:30). If you enjoyed "College Football Betting" with Aaron Torres, make sure to subscribe on:iTunes/AppleSpotify
We are just hours from kick-off and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses the fallout this week from Bishop Sycamore and previews Week 1, going through all the big games. Then he welcomes in Joshua Perry to discuss the season and his new podcast on the 2014 Ohio State title team.Bishop Sycamore fallout + Week 1 preview: Aaron opens the show by discussing one of the wildest stores in recent sports memory: That of Bishop Sycamore football (3:30). Aaron gets you updated on every crazy twist and turn and shares what he finds most surprising about this story. Then, he jumps in with a full Week 1 preview, talking about all the big games, including Ohio State-Minnesota, Clemson-Georgia, Alabama-Miami, UCLA-LSU and much, MUCH more (15:00). Big Ten Network's Joshua Perry joins the show: Next up, Big Ten Network's Joshua Perry joins the show to discuss his new podcast series on the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes and 2021 season (43:00). The guys open by talking Ohio State's crazy title run in 2014, how injuries to Braxton Miller and JT Barrett set the team back, before they ultimately prevailed winning the first ever College Football Playoff. Then Joshua talks about his relationship with Urban Meyer, whether he believes Meyer will work in the NFL and a crazy story about how awful of a driver Meyer is. Finally, they talk about a few big games in the Big Ten, starting with Ohio State-Minnesota on Thursday night.
Football is BACK and we have a loaded Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron reacts to Week 0 with Nebraska falling apart and UConn somehow worse after a season off. Then he talks a high school football fiasco for ESPN, audio of Dino Gaudio trying to extort Chris Mack and Phil Steele joins the show. Here is a full rundown:Full Week 0 recap: Aaron opens the show by talking Week 0. He explains why Scott Frost has no one to blame but himself, following yet another meltdown for Nebraska (3:00), and also wonders how UConn can somehow be worse after a season with no games (14:15). Then he talks about a crazy story in how ESPN was tricked into broadcasting a game of one of the "best" high schools in Ohio, that actually is legitimately terrible (26:00). Chris Mack vs. Dino Gaudio audio released (30:00): Next up, Aaron reacts to the drama surrounding Louisville basketball from over the weekend. A former assistant coach tried to extort head coach Chris Mack - and Aaron reacts to the crazy audio and Mack's six-game suspension that followed. Is Mack feeling the heat heading into Year 4 at Louisville?Phil Steele joins the show (44:00): Finally, legendary college football voice Phil Steele, of "Phil Steele Magazine" joins the show. He discusses how his magazine comes together, which teams he believes could disappoint this season, and the three teams that he believes are dark horse playoff contenders. Finally, after seven months of putting the magazine together, how does Phil Steele relax one the magazine is sent to print?
It's Thursday and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses the launch of "Aaron Torres Media" and what it means for the show, and then transitions to the mega-news that Emoni Bates has committed to Memphis. Then he discusses the ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 alliance and previews Week 0 in college football!. Here is a full rundown.The launch of Aaron Torres Media (3:00): Aaron opens the show by discussing the official announcement of the next chapter of his career: The launch of Aaron Torres Media. He explains how this ties into his decision to leave KSR a few weeks ago and what it means for the future of his show. Also, what can fans expect when they visit his new website Aaron Torres Online. Emoni Bates commits to Memphis (14:00): From there, Aaron transitions to the mega-news in college hoops as high school hoops star Emoni Bates has committed to Memphis. Aaron breaks down why this is good for Memphis and good for college basketball, but also puts the pressure squarely on Penny Hardaway's shoulders. Also, what are realistic expectations for Bates and Memphis this season?ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 Alliance + Week 0 Preview (28:00): Finally, Aaron wraps by discussing the news of an ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 schedule alliance and why this is actually a good thing for college football as a whole. Finally he wraps by discussing Week 0, why Scott Frost is essentially in must-win territory heading into Saturday and the rest of this weekend's games (43:00)
It's GAME WEEK, and Aaron gives you the most comprehensive college football preview you'll find - breaking down all the major conferences. He gives you his conference winners and College Football Playoff picks - plus a surprising national championship prediction! He wraps talking the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten alliance and a fiasco at Coach K fantasy camp. Here is a full rundown. College football preseason picks: Aaron goes conference by conference, getting you caught up on what happened last season, and discussing the most interesting storylines and teams in each major conference in college football. He starts in the Pac-12 with a conference champion no one has (2:30), before moving to the Big 12 (11:30) where he wonders if Iowa State is *really* good enough to make a playoff run and if Oklahoma is good enough to win it all. College Football preseason picks continued: From there he moves to the ACC (19:00) where he believes we're still a year or two away from one team potentially catching Clemson. He talks about a wide open Big Ten, where Michigan and Penn State are still a ways away from Ohio State - but why the Buckeyes are no lock either (25:00). Finally, he wraps previewing the SEC (31:00) where he believes the best team *isn't* Bama. Finally, he gives his College Football Playoff and national title picks (38:00).Aaron wraps by talking the story about a potential alliance between the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 (40:00) and explains why campers at Coach K fantasy camp got much more than a free t-shirt while they were in Durham (45:00). This is a story you do NOT want to miss!
We've got a LOADED Thursday show, as Aaron talks the Nebraska NCAA scandal, Tim Tebow's legacy after being cut by the Jags and if Emoni Bates is a lock to Memphis. Then he welcomes in Bob Stoops to talk Oklahoma to the SEC and his thoughts on college football in 2021. Here is a full rundown of today's show:Nebraska football scandal, Tim Tebow's legacy: Aaron opens the show by discussing an NCAA mess with Nebraska football (2:00). Aaron explains what happened, why it will be hard for Scott Frost to deny involvement and what it means next for the program? Can Scott Frost survive? And after dominating for decades, will Nebraska ever again be a college football power? Also, with Tim Tebow cut, what is his legacy as a professional athlete (18:00). Also, Aaron wonders where all the Tebow hate comes from, and why he should be a role model for every parent and athlete in sports. Memphis basketball makes its move: After a quick break, Aaron transitions to college hoops where Memphis is making their move. Rasheed Wallace was officially hired as an assistant coach, the same day Emoni Bates visited campus (28:00)? Is it a done deal Bates ends up at Memphis and what does it mean for college basketball and Memphis next season? And if not Memphis, where will Bates play next season?Bob Stoops joins the show!!! Finally, Aaron wraps with a really fun interview with 2021 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bob Stoops. The guys discuss Stoops Hall of Fame career, his thoughts on Oklahoma this season and general thoughts on college football, as he gets set to become a broadcaster for FOX. Also, for the first time in a public interview, Stoops shares his thoughts on Oklahoma's decision to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. College football season is HERE. And it's time to get caught up on the Aaron Torres Podcast
It's a loaded Monday Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron talks about the "Field of Dreams" game and shares ideas on what the MLB and other leagues can do to create fun, unique games similar to what we saw Thursday. He also talks college QB battles, and shares his thoughts on all things SEC football. Then he is joined by good friend and ESPN analyst Cole Cubelic to nerd out on college football.Field of Dreams game + can other leagues (and MLB) replicate its success?: Aaron opens the show by talking the fascinating and fun "Field of Dreams" game last Thursday (2:30). He explains why it worked, and if there is something the NBA, NFL, college football or college basketball can do similarly (11:30). Finally, he discusses Major League Baseball and why every team should be forced to play one "home" series in a unique setting outside their home city, to help grow the game. College QB battles and SEC football superlatives: Next, Aaron talks college football where the season is just two weeks away! He talks about the QB battles at Notre Dame, Michigan and Kentucky being settled this weekend - were any surprising and what does it mean for each team (23:00)? Then he does "superlatives" for the SEC, discussing the league's most intriguing team, interesting position battle, and most overrated and underrated teams. ESPN's Cole Cubelic joins the show: Finally, Aaron is joined by his old friend: ESPN and SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic (46:00). The guys discuss all things college football, ranging from if LSU is overrated, is A&M underrated and is this finally - for real this time - Georgia's year. Also, what the reaction has been to the Texas and Oklahoma news in SEC country, and is it time to worry about the future of college football?!
It's Thursday and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses the NCAA slapping Baylor on the wrist for major rules violations from the Art Briles era (and why Louisville fans should be *extra* mad), the latest in the Chris Mack vs. Dino Gaudio federal court case and his thoughts on the first college football Top 25 release. Then, friend of the show Hugh Freeze returns to talk about the season ahead, his loaded Liberty squad and friendship with Lane Kiffin. Here's a rundown of today's show:Baylor slap on the wrist, Gaudio vs. Mack + College Football Top 25: Aaron opens the show by discussing the NCAA *finally* coming down on Baylor for their rules violations under Art Briles (2:00). Why did it take so long, and also, why this case shows the NCAA's hypocrisy in handing out punishment. Also, why Aaron believes Louisville basketball fans should be especially mad at Wednesday's ruling. Speaking of Louisville, Aaron dives into the latest in the Chris Mack vs. Dino Gaudio federal court case (14:30) and reacts to the first college football Top 25 poll being released. Aaron gives five teams he believes are over and under-rated heading into the season (25:00).Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze joins the show: After a short break, Liberty head football coach Hugh Freeze joins the show (38:00). He talks about last year's 10-1 season, expectations for 2021 and why his teams always have immediate success. Also, Freeze discusses excitement about returning to Ole Miss this season, his relationship with Lane Kiffin and why he's jealous of Kiffin's Twitter feed.
It's Monday and we have a loaded Aaron Torres Podcast! Aaron discusses the commitment of Jalen Duren - why he chose Memphis, why the pressure is on Penny Hardaway and what's next for his other schools? Then, an appreciation for Kevin Durant, where Aaron was right, where Aaron was wrong - hitting on Team USA's gold medal win - and RIP Bobby Bowden.Jalen Duren commits to Memphis: Aaron opens with a comprehensive look at the No. 1 high basketball player in the country picking Memphis (2:15). Why did Duren choose Memphis and why with his commitment, the pressure is officially on Penny Hardaway this season (11:00). Also, Aaron discusses what Duren committing means for his other schools - Miami and Kentucky, why it isn't the end of the world for the Wildcats, and why this is yet another loss for the G-League Ignite program (19:00).Team USA takes gold, Where Aaron Was Right and Wrong and RIP Bobby Bowden: Aaron wraps the show with a few odds and ends, starting with the Olympics and a newfound appreciation for Kevin Durant, who came back from an Achilles injury to lead Team USA to gold (30:00). From there, he plays "Where Aaron Was Right, Where Aaron Was Wrong" explaining why he was wrong on Team USA, right on a dumb Olympic narrative and how NIL has helped college sports more than expected (37:00). Finally, he pays tribute to Bobby Bowden, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 91 (47:30).Also, make sure to subscribe to the show, as several big guests are lined up for the coming weeks
We're dropping Thursday's Aaron Torres Podcast EARLY, after the news that Emoni Bates is going to reclassify. Aaron discusses the fallout - could he and Jalen Duren be forming a super team at Memphis? And what would it mean for college hoops as a whole if he does? Also, Aaron explains why he believes all of this week's realignment rumors - and why it's a bigger deal than you realize.Emoni Bates reclassifies - is he headed to the G-League? Or a super team at Memphis?: Aaron opens the show with the mega news that Emoni Bates, one of the top high school players in recent history, will reclassify this fall (2:00). Aaron goes over all his options, and wonders - after weeks of rumors that Bates and Jalen Duren will create a super team, is it really happening? What would it mean for college hoops and Memphis next season? And also, why Bates could play at Memphis - and still go to the G-League the following year before heading off to the NBA. Crazy college football realignment rumors: Florida State and Clemson to the SEC? Miami and Kansas to the Big Ten? Aaron talks about all the crazy college football realignment rumors (20:45)! He also explains why he believes all of them happened - including FSU and Clemson reaching out to the SEC - and why it explains just how crazy college sports could get. Could we see super conferences? A handful of teams break off from the NCAA? It feels like everything is in play - and this week was just the start of it all.
It's Monday and as ALWAYS we have a loaded episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron opens the show by discussing the first real fallout of the Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC news. Then he shares a couple VERY important updates on the college recruitment of top prospect Jalen Duren and Duke basketball's first post-Coach K recruiting run. Here is a full rundown of the show:Fallout from Texas and Oklahoma's move to the SEC: Aaron opens the show by discussing the fallout of Texas and Oklahoma's move to the SEC (2:00). He explains how there is now real pushback from the rest of the college football world about expanding the playoff, and how Oklahoma publicly expressed regret with this decision. Also, while this move has to be made, is it really for the good of college sports as a whole?Jalen Duren recruiting update + Duke recruiting run: Next Aaron switches to hoops, where he discusses the recruitment of the top high school player in America, Jalen Duren (23:00). There were three different stories that Aaron believes could impact Duren's recruitment and where he may end up. Also, will Kentucky regret not going hard after Kofi Cockburn (40:00)? Finally, with Duke picking up two big commitments in the class of 2022 (the first year when Coach K won't be there) is this a sign that Duke basketball is here to stay as a power when Coach K leaves (43:00)?
We have a BONUS EPISODE of the Aaron Torres Podcast, as Aaron has immediate reaction to the NBA Draft - discussing the picks he liked, the ones he didn't and all the other major storylines from Thursday night. From there, Aaron decided to re-run his interview with the No. 1 pick in the draft Cade Cunningham (because, how awesome is it that the No. 1 pick in the draft is a friend of the show) and has a quick personal announcement as well. NBA Draft reaction: Aaron opens the show with a quick personal announcement - nothing bad, promise! - (2:00), then reacts to a wild night in the NBA Draft (8:00). Aaron discusses the picks he likes and he didn't, wondering why the Raptors passed on Jalen Suggs, and explains why he loves the James Bouknight and Moses Moody picks. Also, how much was Jalen Johnson hurt by his decision to quit Duke, why one pick makes no sense at all, and Aaron shares a couple steals from the second round. Cade Cunningham interview re-run: Finally, Aaron decides to dust off an old interview from the archives, as he brings back his interview with new No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham that ran in the fall (33:10). The guys discuss Cunningham's decision to attend Oklahoma State, surviving NCAA sanctions and his excitement for the season ahead. There aren't many podcasts that can say they had the No. 1 pick in the draft on their show, but the Aaron Torres Podcast can, so enjoy this interview from the archives.
It's Thursday and we have a LOADED Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses college football's newest rivalry, the Big 12 vs. ESPN, the story of a high school star reclassifying to make more NIL money and welcomes in Oklahoma football announcer Chris Plank to break down all the Texas, Oklahoma, SEC drama. Finally he wraps with a handful of thoughts on tonight's NBA Draft. Here's a full rundown:ESPN vs. the Big 12, HS football star might reclassify to make more NIL money: Aaron opens the show by discussing the latest drama in the Big 12, as the league has sent a cease and desist to ESPN (2:30)! Why was it done, what was ESPN accused of, and does it put Texas and Oklahoma's move in jeopardy? He also discusses a wild story, as the top high school quarterback in America might reclassify, because he believes he's leaving too much NIL money on the table by staying in high school (10:30). Are we starting to see the unintended consequences of NIL? Oklahoma football broadcaster Chris Plank joins the show: Next up, Chris Plank, who is Oklahoma football's sideline reporter, joins the show to give an insider's look at all the drama in the heartland (23:00). He explains how the story stayed quiet for so long, why Texas and Oklahoma believe *now* is the right time to make the move, and can the Big 12 survive when all is said and done? Also, is Texas really as bad to deal with as everyone says, and how fun will it be for an Oklahoma guy to visit Baton Rouge, Athens and all these other SEC cities in the coming years?NBA Draft preview: Finally, the NBA Draft is Thursday - who knew ?! - and Aaron shares some major storylines heading into the night (55:00). He discusses the debate at No. 2, why one team is in the perfect spot, and is this the last shot for the Warriors - who have two lottery picks - to add pieces for another deep playoff run. Also, Aaron gives five players he believes are overrated and five he believes are underrated heading into tonight.
We have a LOADED Monday Aaron Torres Podcast, as Texas and Oklahoma have officially told the Big 12 they're leaving. What's next for OU and UT and what's next for the rest of the Big 12 teams? Plus Team USA's basketball debacle and Tennessee coach Rick Barnes joins the show! Here is a full rundown:Texas and Oklahoma officially ask out of the Big 12: Aaron opens the show by discussing the late breaking news that Texas and Oklahoma officially have asked out of the Big 12 (2:00). He explains why so much happened so quickly, and what the SEC and college football will look like with OU and UT in the SEC. Also, the murky future of the rest of the Big 12. What happens to the other eight teams, and why there is no guarantee another conference will actually want them (16:00)?Team USA basketball debacle: Next up, Aaron discusses Team USA's embarrassing opening loss of the Olympics (28:00). He explains why we need to stop making excuses for this team, and admit that they are poorly coached and poorly put together. Also, how much blame should Gregg Popovich get for the team's embarrassing effort so far? Rick Barnes joins the show: Finally, Aaron is joined by his old friend - Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes (43:30). The guys discuss college basketball's changing landscape and how NIL and the transfer portal have changed his program. Also, he shares thoughts on his new squad, what went wrong last year, and how nice it is to have a "normal" off-season.
We have ourselves a LOADED Aaron Torres Pod. Aaron talks about the wild Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC rumors (and why the move is more complicated than most realize) and Nick Saban saying his QB has made "ungodly" money in the NIL market. Then, Olympian Annie Kunz joins the show. Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC: Aaron opens the show by discussing the wild Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC rumors (2:30). He explains why, while there are a number of obvious reasons that the rumors make sense, there are also a lot of hurdles that stand in the way of the two joining the league? Would SEC schools object? Would politicians stand in the way? And what does Oklahoma gain by joining the better league?Nick Saban NIL comments, Dabo on the playoff + Bobby Bowden: From there, Aaron quickly wraps around a couple other news and notes from college football. He discusses Nick Saban saying his quarterback has made "ungodly" money in the NIL game and what it means for the rest of college sports (23:00), Dabo's comments on the playoffs (32:00) and the news that legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is not in good health (34:00).Olympian Annie Kunz joins the show: Finally, with the Summer Olympics kicking off Friday, Aaron welcomes in Olympian Annie Kunz to the show, who will be competing in the heptathlon in Tokyo this summer (38:00). The two discuss what it is like the moment you know you've qualified for the Olympics, what it's like to prepare four years for one track meet and how Covid actually helped her career. Also, how often does an Olympic athlete get to sit back, relax and actually have a beer? We have the answer in this fun, wide ranging interview.
It's Monday and after a week off, the Aaron Torres Podcast is BACK! Aaron discusses the transfer decisions of Kofi Cockburn and Marcus Carr, previews SEC Media Days and welcomes in Coastal Carolina football coach Jamey Chadwell, after last year's 11-1 season! Kofi Cockburn returns to Illinois and Marcus Carr to Texas: Aaron opens the show by discussing Kofi Cockburn's return to Illinois (3:30). He explains why it's good for Illinois and Kofi Cockburn, and also, just how serious was Kentucky in pursuit of the All-American center (hint: They weren't serious)? Aaron also discusses Marcus Carr's decision to go to Texas and why it makes the Longhorns a legit title contender in 2021-2022 (14:30). SEC Media Days Preview: Next up, Aaron previews the unofficial start of college football - SEC Media Days (24:00)! He recaps everything you may have forgotten from SEC football season last year, and looks ahead to the biggest questions in 2021. Can Bama reload on offense? Is it *finally* Georgia's year? How about A&M? And what about Josh Heupel at Tennessee - with thoughts on LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kentucky and much more. Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell joins the show: Finally, Aaron wraps with a fun interview with Coastal Carolina football coach Jamey Chadwell (55:30). Remember, Coastal had a magic season last year - finishing 11-1 and the guys discuss it all. They also discuss what it's like to have "normal" back in college football this year, what a 12-team playoff means for schools like Coastal and what it was like to put together a matchup with BYU last season - one of the games of the year - on three days notice.
It's Thursday and we have an all new Aaron Torres Podcast! The NBA Draft deadline has passed - Aaron discusses the biggest winners and losers, teams that have risen this off-season and updates his college hoops Top 25! We have a new No. 1 and a bunch of new Top 10 teams - here's a full rundown:The NBA Draft decision deadline: Aaron spends the entire show talking about the NBA Draft deadline and what it means for college hoops next season. He opens by discussing the biggest decisions that happened this week, how NIL has helped college hoops and the few remaining transfers who could continue to shake up the Top 25 (3:00). Aaron's Updated Top 25: From there, he reveals his updated Top 25 now that draft decisions are in - it includes a new No. 1 team, several new additions to the Top 10 and a couple teams that fell after key players who decided to stay in the draft (10:00). Aspecial shout out to Torrent/Torrey Craig: We wrap shout out our old friend Torrent/Torrey Craig, who is playing in the NBA Finals and will earn an NBA championship ring, regardless of who wins the NBA title (37:00).This will be the final Aaron Torres Podcast until July 19th as Aaron is on vacation next week.
We hope you had a great fourth of July, as we've got a holiday edition of the Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron shares what we learned in Week 1 of the NIL era, discusses Illinois All-American Kofi Cockburn's decision to enter the portal (and asks if Kentucky is the favorite to land him), and Minnesota guard Marcus Carr is down to four. Where will he end up?Week 1 of Name, Image, Likeness (2:00): Aaron shares what we learned in Week 1 of Name, Image, Likeness. He explains why this isn't the "end" of college sports as we know it, and why the first week taught us that most things won't change at all. He also explains why recruiting won't change even in the NIL era, even for the top programs, and wonders what the unintended consequences of the rule change will be.All-American Kofi Cockburn is in the transfer portal (21:00): We got mega news late last week, as Illinois All-American announced he is in the transfer portal. Aaron explains how a once-in-a-lifetime confluence of events led to all the portal activity in recent days, why Cockburn specifically could benefit from coming back to college hoops, and is Kentucky - which now has the assistant coach who recruited him to Illinois - the favorite to land him?Marcus Carr is down to four (35:00): Finally, Aaron reacts to news that broke as he was recording, as All-Big Ten guard Marcus Carr is down to four schools. He explains who he believes is the favorite, and why he could vault one school to the potential No. 1 team in the country heading into next season if he commits there.
Aaron discusses a historic day in college sports as "Name, Image, Likeness" comes in - and asks the biggest questions surrounding the new NIL rules. Then he discusses Penny Hardaway's return to Memphis (and decision to hire Larry Brown) and an update on Jalen Duren's recruitment. Plus, his old friend Nick Coffey re-visits the show. Here is a full rundown of the show:* Biggest questions on Name, Image, Likeness: Thursday is a historic day in college sports, as amateurism is dead and players are able to sign endorsement deals thanks to new Name, Image, Likeness rules (2:30). Aaron asks some of the biggest questions about the day's news including, what dollar figure will the best athletes demand, why these new NIL rules will be a major wake-up call to athletes, and why a bunch of athletes you've never heard of may end up being the highest paid. Also, he goes into detail on why NIL will be good overall for the health of college sports. Penny Hardaway and Larry Brown: Next, we circle back with Penny Hardaway, who this week decided to turn down the NBA and return to Memphis (26:00). Aaron explains what he believes went down, why the NBA might have been used as leverage to hire Larry Brown (against his university's wishes) and why the pressure is officially on Penny to win now in Memphis. Jalen Duren update: Aaron also quickly updates the recruitment of the top high school basketball player in America, Jalen Duren (33:00). Duren just finished a trip to Kentucky, and Aaron has an update. Plus, why Miami is a bigger player than many people realize. Nick Coffey joins the show: Finally, Aaron is joined by his buddy and local Louisville radio host Nick Coffey (43:30). The guys discuss the impacts (good and bad) of NIL, Penny Hardaway's weird week and just how excited they are for the start of college football and whether an expanded playoff will actually help, or more likely hurt, the sport.
It's late Sunday and Aaron couldn't wait until Monday to drop a new episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast. Aaron discusses the Penny Hardaway NBA rumors that are picking up steam, and what they mean for both Memphis and No. 1 recruit Jalen Duren. He also discusses the biggest remaining "Stay or Go" decisions in the NBA Draft and wraps on the absurd NC State baseball story from the weekend. * The Penny Hardaway to the NBA rumors - rumors he told you about weeks ago - pick up steam (2:30). What are the factors that could make him stay or go, is it likely he actually leaves (14:00) and what would Memphis do going forward (16:30). Also, what does it mean for the recruitment of No. 1 prospect Jalen Duren (18:00)?* The NBA Draft Combine is done, and Aaron discusses who the best players are who have a "stay or go" NBA Draft decision. Included: UCLA's Johnny Juzang, Kentucky's Davion Mintz, Alabama's Jaden Shackleford and Josh Primo, Michigan's Hunter Dickinson and much more (25:30)* Finally, Aaron breaks down the absurd college baseball story, where NC State was eliminated from the College World Series, after *vaccinated* players tested positive for Covid (44:30).
It's Thursday and its time for an all new Aaron Torres Pod! Aaron discusses winners and losers from Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery, shares a mock draft for every team in the lottery and discusses an exciting Big 12-SEC Challenge basketball slate. Finally his "shout out of the day" goes to ESPN's Jay Williams. Here is a full rundown of the show:NBA Draft lottery reaction + Mock Draft: Aaron opens the show by discussing all the big takeaways from Tuesday's NBA Draft lottery. He shares his quick thoughts on winners and losers Tuesday night (2:00) and then does a quick mock draft of all 14 of the top teams, sharing intel and details on all the top players in the draft and where he believes they should and will end up (14:00). Thoughts on the Big 12-SEC Challenge: Finally, Aaron shares some thoughts on this year's loaded Big 12-SEC Challenge college basketball slate which was announced on Wednesday afternoon and features mega-showdowns like Kentucky at Kansas, Tennessee at Texas, Baylor at Alabama and more (34:00). Finally, he gives his "Shout out of the Day" to Jay Williams for a truly bizarre set of tweets he unleashed on Wednesday afternoon and evening (49:15). Today's episode is also brought to you by PrizePicks:Download the PrizePicks app or visit PrizePicks.com for a chance to bet real money on daily fantasy sports. Use the promo code "TORRES" to get a 100% bonus on any deposit up to $100.
After a loaded Monday episode breaking down the NCAA's Supreme Court ruling, Aaron is back with a more traditional Aaron Torres Podcast - as he shares additional thoughts on the Supreme Court decision, why he loves the College World Series and even jumps into a wild NBA weekend, with thoughts on several recent college hoops stars. Here is a full rundown of today's show:Is Mark Emmert the worst leader in sports history: Aaron opens the show by following up on Monday's Supreme Court ruling and wondering "Is Mark Emmert the worst leader in sports history?" There is an argument to be made as Aaron breaks down all of his failures and shortcomings and explains why every decision he has made has been the wrong one, late and reactionary instead of proactive (2:30).College World Series + NBA Playoff thoughts: From there Aaron discusses why he is loving the College World Series (16:30) and shares some thoughts on the NBA playoffs. Included, why he feels bad watching the best high school player he's ever seen - Ben Simmons - completely melt down, how Devin Booker has evolved into a star and why he is fired up for the upcoming Olympics which will feature many of the NBA's best players (20:00).
It's Monday, but we have a special edition of the Aaron Torres Podcast, as lawyer and sports law expert Dan Lust joins the show to discuss what Monday's Supreme Court ruling means for the future of college sports. Here is a full rundown of today's show:Sports Law Expert Dan Lust explains Monday's Supreme Court ruling: After a quick introduction (2:30), Aaron welcomes in sports law expert Dan Lust for a full breakdown of what Monday's ruling means (13:30). The guys discuss what, if anything changes today (18:00) and why this doesn't directly have anything to do with "Name, Image, Likeness" rules, but kind of does. They wrap by discussing if the NCAA could've, or should've done anything different (32:00) and wonder aloud whether this will one day lead athletes being considered "employees" of the schools they play for (36:00). It was a historic day for college sports, and Dan Lust explains everything you need to know about what it means for the future of college sports. Make sure to follow Dan on Twitter @SportsLawLust.
It's a loaded Aaron Torres Podcast, as Aaron discusses the John Calipari NBA chatter and gives the only two scenarios Cal leaves Kentucky for the pros. He also talks about Chris Beard building a power at Texas and hands out his College World Series pick. Then he brings on recruiting guru Jake Weingarten to talk Jalen Duren, and other big recruiting topics.Calipari/NBA rumors + Chris Beard building a monster at Texas: Aaron opens the show by discussing the latest John Calipari-to-the-NBA rumors, which Coach Cal immediately shot down. He also shares the only two scenarios where he could ever see Cal leaving Lexington for the pros (2:30). From there, he switches to Texas, where Chris Beard picked up yet another marquee transfer. And as Aaron explains, he believes that Beard is in the process of building Texas into the next, great, college hoops power (19:30). Finally, Aaron wraps by talking a crazy story out of Arizona State football (32:00) and shares his College World Series title pick (34:30). Recruiting guru Jake Weingarten joins the show: Next up, Aaron welcomes in recruiting guru Jake Weingarten to discuss all the big topics in college hoops recruiting. The guys discuss the importance of high school players returning to campus and how coaches are handling recruiting against professional leagues (47:00). From there the guys do a deep dive on Jalen Duren and why Jake believes there's a good chance he plays college hoops next year (51:00). Finally, they talk about the new coaching staffs at Texas and Kentucky and why UConn has stood out early since recruiting re-opened this spring (1:01).Today's episode is also brought to you by PrizePicks:Download the PrizePicks app or visit PrizePicks.com for a chance to bet real money on daily fantasy sports. Use the promo code "TORRES" to get a 100% bonus on any deposit up to $100.
It's a LOADED Monday Aaron Torres Podcast! Aaron explains why he is coming around to the idea of a 12-team College Football Playoff, what he knows about Jalen Duren's potential reclassification and why Penny Hardaway might be pursuing an NBA coaching job. Here is a full rundown of today's show:More details on the 12-team College Football Playoff proposal: Last week Aaron discussed the proposed 12-team College Football Playoff - but late last week, we got more details, and Aaron explains why the idea is growing on him (2:30). He gives five reasons why 12 might be the right number from better regular season games, to fewer opt outs and more teams and fans invested later in the season. He also shares a few concerns about the 12-team playoff as well and still wonders if eight teams is the right number for an expanded playoff.Is Jalen Duren reclassifying? Is Penny Hardaway headed to the NBA?: Next, Aaron hits on two major topics from the college hoops weekend. On last episode Aaron shared his impressions of the No. 1 high school player in America Jalen Duren and briefly talked about the potential he reclassifies (26:00). This weekend those reports picked up steam, and Aaron hits the topic from all angles. What are the chances Duren does reclassify and if so, what schools make the most sense? Finally he discusses a report from Adrian Wojnarowski (aka "Woj") that Penny Hardaway may be considering NBA jobs. Aaron tells you some intel he's heard - and explains why it's more likely than many believe (48:00). Today's episode is brought to you by ManScaped:If you're looking for a Father's Day gift, go to ManScaped.com for all the best products in the "below the waist" grooming category. Use promo code "TORRES" to get 20 percent off your purchase + free shipping worldwide.
It's Thursday and you know what that means: Time for a new Aaron Torres Podcast! Aaron discusses talk of a 12-team College Football Playoff (and why he hates it) and also shares notes from his time at the Pangos All-American basketball camp. Then he brings on Arkansas baseball play-by-play voice Phil Elson to tell him everything he needs to know about college baseball and this weekend's "Super Regionals." 12-team College Football Playoff? Pangos All-American camp notes: Aaron opens the show by discussing talk this week that the College Football Playoff will expand to 12 teams (3:30). He explains why he has finally come around to the idea of expansion (7:00), but hates a push past eight teams to 12 (18:00). He also recaps his day at the Pangos All-American Camp, one of the top high school events in the country (26:00). He discusses players that stood out, and why the "G-League" and "Overtime Elite" were all the buzz of the camp.Arkansas play-by-play voice Phil Elson previews college baseball's Super Regionals: Aaron knows nothing about college baseball but has loved the last week of NCAA Tournament play - so he welcomed on good friend, and play-by-by voice of the No. 1 team in the country Arkansas, to look ahead to the weekend (45:30). The guys discuss what makes a great college baseball program, the differences between college baseball and college football/college basketball (and why they're also the same) and also the biggest storylines heading into this weekend's Super Regionals. Included are: The rise of Tennessee, is this finally Arkansas' year and is LSU about to lock in a legendary coach?Today's episode is brought to you by ManScaped:If you're looking for a Father's Day gift, go to ManScaped.com for all the best products in the "below the waist" grooming category. Use promo code "TORRES" to get 20 percent off your purchase + free shipping worldwide.Today's episode is also brought to you by PrizePicks:Download the PrizePicks app or visit PrizePicks.com for a chance to bet real money on daily fantasy sports. Use the promo code "TORRES" to get a 100% bonus on any deposit up to $100.
As we hit the slow, middle of the summer, Aaron Torres is back with a bonus, non-sports episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast, as we he welcomes in wildlife expert and host of Animal Planet's "Extinct or Alive" Forrest Galante. The guys discuss the show, Forrest's new book and his craziest adventures of trying to find extinct animals in the world's most dangerous countries. Here is a full rundown of the show:Animal Planet's Forest Galante joins the show: After a short introduction, Aaron welcomes in Forrest Galante host of Animal Planet's "Extinct or Alive" in which Galante goes to remote parts of the world to look for animals that were believed to be extinct. Forrest discusses his science background (8:00), how an unexpected role launched his TV career (9:00) and his new book "Still Alive." From there he discusses some of his craziest adventures, including negotiating with drug lords in Colombia (21:00), fleeing armed guards in Africa (35:30), what it's like to actually swim in crocodile infested waters and the discovery of his first extinct animal, which even he didn't expect to happen. Enjoy this bonus episode of the Aaron Torres Podcast, and we will get back to our normal sports coverage on Thursday's episode!
It's mid-June and the Aaron Torres Podcast just keeps on rolling! Aaron discusses how two incidents this weekend helped him understand why "Name, Image, Likeness" will be a good thing for college sports, discusses College Football Playoff betting dark horses and also describes how he came down with a severe case of college baseball fever this weekend!Name, Image, Likeness is good for college sports: Aaron opens the show by discussing his new found love for college baseball (4:30) before transitioning to the NCAA's impending "Name, Image, Likeness" rules (6:00). While Aaron has only discussed the negative effects of the rule (such as Coach K's retirement last weekend), he saw two stories this weekend that made him believe that it will be a net positive for college sports, including one surrounding Johnny Manziel's time at Texas A&M. Also, how much money can players realistically earn playing football at Alabama or basketball at Kentucky? And also why Name, Image, Likeness will only give college basketball new ammunition in the fight against the G-League and Overtime leagues.College Football Playoff dark horses: After a short break, Aaron returns to discuss potential "dark horses" in the College Football Playoff race (25:00), with college football season now less than 100 days away. He looks at seven teams outside of Alabama/Clemson/Ohio State and Oklahoma and shares with you who he believes the best bets are to make the playoff and potentially win it. Also, he keeps you updated on a VERY special guest he will have on the show later this week.