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SBD/August 13, 2013/Media
Outkicked His Coverage? FS1 Hopes Clay Travis Can Spice Up CFB Studio Show
Published August 13, 2013
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CLAY-MATION: A panel of SI.com writers discussed changes to the college football media landscape, including the addition of Travis to Fox' coverage. Stewart Mandel said, "I really like the Clay Travis move. Much like Bill Simmons showed on NBA draft night, a funny and opinionated writer who knows the sport has a lot more to offer than another generic ex-jock like Joey Harrington." Andy Staples said, "In the blogosphere, the Travis hire was almost universally panned. I actually think it could work. Everyone is assuming Clay will bring the same fan-baiting, SEC-centric approach that he brings to his website to the show. And he will. ... Clay didn't go from blogger on the CBS website to talent on a network show by accident. Every step of the way, he has identified what his target audience would respond to and then given the audience an abundance of that material. ... Clay will do and say things that will make the audience respond." But Martin Rickman said, "I'm not the biggest fan of Travis' written work, as I often find it too misogynistic and self-serving. Will his voice and personality translate better on camera? It's too early to say. It's worth a shot, I suppose" (SI.com, 8/9).