Finebaum taking heat over ASU interview

Fresh off an award for promoting racial understanding, Paul Finebaum is facing criticism for treating a black school differently than Alabama or Auburn. Finebaum eviscerated Alabama State University’s head football coach Reggie Barlow on Tuesday’s radio broadcast.

Like he never did that to Gene Stallings, Terry Bowden, Mike Dubose, Mike Price, Neil Callaway or Mike Shula.

Finebaum is an equal opportunity provocateur.

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The exchange Tuesday between Finebaum and Alabama State’s coach Reggie Barlow was contentious, but that is the danger of going on a show with either Finebaum or in the old days of David Letterman.

Part of the exchange is below. You can listen to it by clicking here.
“Coach with all due respect, how are you taking responsibility by blaming it on the other guy?” Finebaum queried.

“Well first of all Mr. Finebaum if you will allow me to answer your question that you asked me then I’ll give you the answer,” Barlow replied.

“Well go for it,” Finebaum said.

“I’m not blaming anybody,” Barolw retorted.

The exchange continued brusquely until Barlow terminated the interview by hanging up on Finebaum.

What precipitated the end of the interview? An exchange over the culture on the ASU campus. Finebaum asked Barlow what if anything had changed the culture of corruption. Barlow asked when the last time Finebaum had been on the campus.

Finebaum replied it was three-and-a-half years ago.

Barlow took exception to that.

“How can you speak about the culture. If you haven’t been on the campus in three-and-a-half years, how can you speak about the culture now?”

Barlow then thanked Finebaum for letting him appear on the show.

Finebaum then summarized the interview by saying: “Based on what he said, I’m not convinced the culture has changed. But again, it is not my problem. It is Alabama State’s problem.”

Unfortunately, when people like Joe Reed are on the board, it is everyone’s problem. And are you shocked that a member of the corrupt Alabama Education Association (AEA) is involved in a rogue college that can’t follow NCAA rules? After all, the two-year system is corrupt, and the AEA wants to keep it corrupt.