The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were one of the best basketball programs in the country in the late 80s, and they would win a title in 1990 and nearly go undefeated in 1991. On this morning, the trio batted around topics such as Le Bron getting booed in Miami in the first half against San Antonio, Tim Tebow playing through injury against the Patriots, Ed Reed’s comments about his QB, Joe Flacco, and the merits of Orlando as a city for impending free agent Dwight Howard. He’ll lock eyes with someone and stay that way, usually until a break or change of topics.The brash, cocky team attracted national attention, and everyone (well, except the NCAA) loved its colorful coach, the seemingly shady Jerry Tarkianan. not everybody just toes the company line …” His eyes darted to David Scott, the blogger-cum-ESPN-PR-rep who spent the entire day with us. I was going to be better in the South and the West because of college football. Prepping for the show, Cowherd is a live wire, zipping around topics, dropping opinions unrelated to any of the potential segments they’re talking about – “I would so bail on Peyton” – and sprinkling in random tales (texting with Aaron Boone about USC football recruiting minutiae) or obscure questions (What do you think of Michael Crabtree? His demanding gaze can be unsettling to the recipient, but it works for Cowherd because he pretends he’s conversing with someone.Colin spent most of his youth listening to baseball games on the radio on the roof of his house, which overlooked the Pacific Ocean.
He called an inning or two and then worked the phones selling ads for the team (program, billboard, radio spots). Outrageously ambitious, he went to work for a local TV station, KVBC, as an intern, and quickly earned the job of weekend sports anchor.
His strong opinions on the show led to a local radio gig and he was juggling three jobs a week.
“They said, here’s a mic, do what you want,” Cowherd remembered.
“It wasn’t like Syracuse where there are 10 Mike Tiricos and Craig Cartons who are ambitious. Some of these kids that come out of Syracuse, they do four games if they’re lucky.
I was doing four games – baseball at noon, volleyball game later, radio show, DJ, whatever – a weekend!