Just a couple days ago, Jason Whitlock announced that he would be leaving his six-year FOX Sports gig to return to ESPN. The columnist was famously fired from the network after taking shots at a couple colleagues back in 2006.
On Thursday, Bill Simmons published his newest B.S. Report podcast on Grantland, featuring Whitlock as his guest. During the hour-long interview, Whitlock revealed some of his future plans while at ESPN, and one of those is, apparently, to take after Simmons himself.
“For lack of a better description, I hope this isn’t offensive — but I’m going to get to do something along the lines of a black Grantland,” said Whitlock.
Whitlock actually says that it was some of ESPN’s recent hires that convinced him to rejoin “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.” While FOX has poached some ESPN talent in the ramp-up to the Saturday launch of FOX Sports 1, ESPN has quietly made hires, including Nate Silver and Keith Olbermann, that are perceived to be an investment into quality rather than the talking head-types that have dominated sports commentary in recent years.