Bob Stoops to replace Urban Meyer on Fox college football show ‘Big Noon Kickoff’

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Senior Senate Republican Roy Blunt announces he won't seek reelection

In a surprise move, a top Senate Republican, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, announced Monday that he will not run for reelection in 2022.

Blunt has served in the Senate since 2011 and in the House of Representatives previously.

He’s currently the No. 4 Republican in the Senate.

Blunt announced his plans in a two-minute video released Monday morning.

“After 14 General Election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in the video.

PHOTO: Sen. Roy Blunt speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, March 5, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

He didn’t explicitly explain why he’s chosen not to run again.

Blunt joins a growing list of veteran Republican incumbents who have announced they will not return the Senate in 2022. He joins Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Richard Burr, R-NC. who have all said they will not seek to keep their seats.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Biden to make primetime address Thursday marking 1 year into pandemic

President Joe Biden will make his first primetime address to the nation Thursday night to “to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced during a briefing Monday.

“He will discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made over the last year and the grave loss communities and families have suffered. The president will look forward, highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and getting the country back to normal,” Psaki said.

PHOTO: President Joe Biden makes remarks from the White House after his coronavirus pandemic relief legislation passed in the Senate, in Washington, March 6, 2021.

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Supreme Court revives ex-student’s suit on religious literature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is reviving a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus, but was only seeking $1.

The high court in a 8-1 decision Monday sided with the student, Chike Uzuegbunam, and against Georgia Gwinnett College. Uzuegbunam has since graduated and the college has changed its policies. Lower courts said the case was moot, but the Supreme Court disagreed.

Uzuegbunam and his lawyers have said they want the Lawrenceville, Georgia, school to be held accountable for its past policies.

Earlier: Supreme Court wrestles with Georgia college free speech case

Groups across the political spectrum including the American Civil Liberties Union had said that the case is important to ensuring that people whose constitutional rights were violated can continue their cases even when governments repeal the policies they were challenging.

Supreme Court building on Nov. 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

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Bob Stoops to replace Urban Meyer on Fox college football show ‘Big Noon Kickoff’

Fox will swap one championship coach for another on its marquee college football program. 

With Urban Meyer jumping to the pro ranks as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and no longer a member of "Big Noon Kickoff," former Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops will join the show, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the news has not been announced. The New York Post first reported Stoops was replacing Meyer on Monday. 

Stoops led the Sooners to 10 Big 12 titles between 1999-2016 and the 2000 national championship. He retired in 2017. The 60-year-old was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in January. 

Last year, Stoops returned to coaching, as the head coach of the Dallas Renegades in the revamped XFL, which saw its season suspended (the league then folded and filed for bankruptcy) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meyer had been on the show for two years and excelled in explaining the various schemes throughout the college game to viewers. Rob Stone hosts the three-hour program built to rival ESPN's "College GameDay" and lead into the network's noon kickoff matchup. Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn are the analysts.

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