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Every three or four months Outkick takes a look at the sports talk radio ratings to compile the top 25 sports talk stations in the country. The only public data on these ratings is published here and relies upon the largest possible measurement of the audience -- ratings share for listeners ages six + from six in the morning until midnight.  It's not a perfect data set, but it's the most fair since a station can't rate highly all day long unless its day part ratings are much higher than the six to midnight number.

These are ratings share numbers, not total listener numbers. That is, each station is being compared based on the percentage of people in a market listening, not based on the number of listeners. But as you can see below, both large, small, and mid-size cities are well-represented in this list.  

So which stations in the nation's fifty largest radio markets are the highest rated in the country for March?

You can dive in below. 

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As the Vols lost their 12th SEC game in the past 13 contests, Tennessee fans struggled to look for any bright spots on Twitter. Then, out of nowhere, came a Gruden sighting. Jon Gruden, the man that every Vol fan hopes will be the next UT coach, was on a flight from Houston to Phoenix.

At least according to a man with the screen name "Vol Since 72" on Volquest.

Early in the morning, Vol Since 72 posted this message on Volquest, which sort of reads like Penthouse Letters, SEC edition: "He's (Gruden's) in first class and as I walked by, I say, 'Go Vols,' he winks and says, 'How you doing?'"

He then follows it up with, "I GAVE MY ALL FOR TENNESSEE TODAY!"

We'll begin the mailbag with news of the LSU foursome's arrest for having ten bags of marijuana in an off-campus apartment. 

How did the cops bust this LSU brain trust?

First, Jordan Jefferson wasn't able to enter the apartment gate. (This suprises no one who watched Jefferson quarterback in the BCS title game). Next, Jefferson cursed at the apartment security guard, who watched which apartment Jefferson entered and called the police. Then Tyrann Mathieu answered the door when the police knocked and consented to a search of the apartment.   

Let this be a lesson to everyone who reads the mailbag today -- Never, ever consent to any police search.

Ever.

Even if you haven't done a damn thing wrong. Even if you're innocent as hell.

Don't be our anti-beaver pelt traders of the week like the Honey Badger and crew.

Okay, on to the mailbag.

But, first, yes, Jordan Jefferson really was wearing a "Chain Gang" t-shirt when he was arrested.

Stephen A. Smith, ESPN Walk Racial Fault Line

Written by: Clay Travis

This morning Stephen A. Smith was in a "First Take" debate about whether or not Kobe Bryant would play in the season opener. That's par for the first take course, a "debate" that no one really cares about and that has no lasting significance, delivered with stereo sound histrionics and Bay of Pigs level crisis threat. Ordinarily no one would have noticed. Except on this particular morning Smith dropped a "Nigga, please," to cement his point. He did not follow it up by saying, "you ain't signing no checks like these," in which case he could just claim he was quoting a popular Jay-Z song.

Later ESPN dropped the phrase from a reairing and so far the network has declined comment on the statement.

This is the second time in less than a year that ESPN has walked a major racial fault line. In February the network fired an editor after he used the headline, "Chink in the Armor," with a picture of Jeremy Lin. I argued back then that our society was too quick to assume racism and that the editor shouldn't have been fired. My point was pretty clear, do we really think that a white editor at ESPN hid his virulent anti-Asian racism solely to spring it on an overnight shift in a mobile website headline?

It's the perfect racist crime!

Of course not.

Yet the use of the language was considered inappropriate regardless of context.

Now Stephen A. Smith is squarely on the racial fault line and there's not even an intent defense here. Smith said exactly what he intended to say.

You can watch the video here.

Tennessee fans are slowly going insane as the Jon Gruden fever -- Gruver -- continues to build in the Volunteer state.

Monday I wrote why Jon Gruden would be a great fit for the Vols, yesterday I wrote about my bet with Erin Andrews, if Gruden comes to the Vols she sings "Rocky Top," if he doesn't, I shave my head with UF initials in the side. As if that wasn't enough, an individual who runs a UT message board, the 8th Maxim, claimed that the Vols have already hired Gruden. In the resulting frenzy Gruden's wikipedia page was edited 45 times in the last 24 hours, all to remove reference to Gruden becoming UT's coach. 

Today?

Well, today we have a picture of a Tennessee fan posing in a Jon Gruden mask beside General Neyland's grave.

Alabama Student Is Anti-Obama, Spelling

Written by: Clay Travis

We try not to get too political around OKTC. So far I think I'm the only person on earth who has confessed that he actually likes Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. My political leanings are pretty well established, I'm a member of the anti-NCAA party. This means I'm pro-markets and anti-stupidity.

Now that we're twelve days from the election, stupidity is flourishing everywhere.

And if you combine flourishing stupidity with a state like Alabama, already the Rhodes Scholar of state stupidity, well, you end up with signs like this from a University of Alabama dorm room.

Now it's a fake costume? Whatever. This girl shouldn't have picked Alabama as the state she was from, too believable.

Yes, this sign is on the back of a pizza box.

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Written by: Todd Fuhrman

6 things you need to know before this weekend's games

By Ryan Cranford

In honor of Georgia-Florida week (it's only fitting that I'm smoking a nice cigar in the fall air as I write this, probably left over from so many hopeful victories that didn't occur), a certain aspect of college football student life can be brought to the forefront.... sneaking into stadiums. Let me shed a little background light for those who may be unaware of this undertaking or may think it a bit juvenile.

In my final two years of high school, I was an avid devotee of the long campaign season of the Republican and Democratic primary elections. I did have a horse in the race—albeit a horse of jettest black hair—so while I wore shirts and buttons and held signs and donated money, I would have been quickly burned out if not for the sheer fun of speculation and competition:

Jon Gruden fever has swept across the Volunteer state.

Right now when you go to www.hirejongruden.com -- go ahead and click -- it actually redirects you to the main University of Tennessee sports site.

The Gruden Fever -- Gruver?--  has replaced the perpetual malaise of the Derek Dooley era, when the question has been the same for the past three years -- when is Dooley going to get a signature win?

Vol fans were so desperate for a win to answer this question that they were even willing to consider on the road at Mississippi State a signature win.

Is UT Southern Miss now?

Anyway, I've been saying for a month now that Gruden would be Tennessee's top target and that the Vols would make Gruden tell them no. I think those conversations will officially take place starting Monday if Derek Dooley loses at South Carolina. (If Dooley wins then assuming he manages to avoid disaster in the final four games of the season -- no guarantee at all -- the entire 2013 season will be a rehash of the 2012 season only Tennessee will have a worse football team).

Yesterday 3HL guest Erin Andrews, who absolutely kills it every Tuesday with us, came on and asked who Tennessee wanted as its next coach.

Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M (Part Two)

Written by: Clay Travis

You can read part one of Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M here.

Twenty minutes before kickoff of LSU-Texas A&M there are no tickets to be found in College Station.

This is alarming.

And incredibly rare.

Given the size of the stadiums and the relative lack of enforcement against the practice, there are generally lots of tickets for sale on the street before big SEC games.

But not for the A&M-LSU game.

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