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Tebow Hire Seen As Smart Due To Exalted Status In SEC Country, But Questions Remain
Published January 3, 2014
VANILLA FLAVOR: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes Tebow "will bring this vanilla rhetorical style to television, where he will be asked to be insightful and occasionally critical." No one "expects him to zing anyone or fire brickbats." Tebow "might work best if he talks primarily about training and preparation, about how players feel before a major game, and about his specific experiences," but he "will probably not excel at chastising players for academic failures or asking tough questions or calling for any coach’s firing." His "inoffensive style could help him avoid staking out controversial positions, but it could just as easily make him look like the odd man out on a network built on a power conference’s tribal loyalties." Tebow "may only need to be Tebow for ESPN and the SEC Network to be pleased with him." ESPN has "long been in the Tebow business, covering him regularly and, at times, relentlessly." He is "seen as a special ratings attraction within the network" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/3).