The Schwab Returns On ESPNU’s UNITE

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Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNU

ESPNU’s first ever late-night entertainment show has a very special new addition to its lineup.  Sports trivia guru Howie Schwab will host a new game show segment on UNITE that will test the sports knowledge of participants from four different NCAA conferences each week beginning with Wednesday night’s new episode. Schwab will be joined by UNITE host, comedian Reese Waters.  Contestants will be posed questions from four different categories—college sports, professional sports, pop-culture, and social media.  The winner of each week’s round will advance through a tournament format until there is only one winner.  The inaugural segment will feature as contestants Evan Roberts (Auburn), Ryan Smith (Ole Miss), and Austin Vaughn (Georgia).  Next week’s segment will feature athletes from the ACC.

Before coming on-board with UNITE, Howie Schwab was the star of ESPNU’s Stump The Schwab.  He started working for ESPN in 1987 in research and is currently a coordinating producer in studio production.

UNITE first debuted on ESPNU August 27th, 2012.  It is the first show of its kind for the network.  It mixes sports, humor and social buzz and is hosted by the trio of college football analyst Danny Kanell, comedian Reese Waters, and social media host Marianela Pereyra.  DJ Rob Swift will provide the show’s music.  It airs five nights a week at 12am EST on ESPNU.

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ESPN Announces New Signing Day Details

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPNU has announced that it will now offer more than eleven hours of coverage this Wednesday for National Signing Day.  The coverage will include a record number of on-air commitments including that of the nation’s top recruit, Robert Nkemdiche.  The coverage begins at 7:30am on ESPNU.  It will include the announcement of seventeen total players from the ESPN 150 to the college of their choice.  The network will be embedded with thirteen of the nation’s best college football teams getting interviews with each team’s coaching staff and providing the most up-to-the-minute news on each incoming freshman class.  Along with the already extensive programming set to run Wednesday, ESPN’s RecruitingNation.com will have reporters set up at fourteen different high schools across the country providing all the latest news from those locations. 

The day’s coverage will be hosted live by Rece Davis and Dari Nowkah at ESPN’s Charlotte, North Carolina studio.  ESPN’s national recruiting director Tom Luginbill and recruiting analyst Craig Haubert will also join the in-studio discussions alongside football analysts Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore.  As an added bonus for ESPNU viewers former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will also be on hand as special guests.  Audiences can get even more details on National signing day online through ESPN at http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/01/espnu-expands-national-signing-day-presence-for-the-eighth-consecutive-year/.

Below is a list of the players on the ESPN 150 list set to announce their college decision Wednesday. Announcement times are all EST and are subject to change.

Time (ET)

Player

Final Schools

7:30 a.m. No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche (DE) Florida, LSU, Ole Miss
9 a.m. No. 6 Matthew Thomas (OLB) Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Miami, USC
  No. 144 Denver Kirkland (OT) Arkansas, FSU
  No. 5 Laremy Tunsil (OT) Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Ole Miss
  No. 13 Montravius Adams (DT) Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia
10 a.m. No. 50 Vonn Bell (Safety) Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee
  No. 107 Jordan Cunningham (WR) Miami, Stanford, Vanderbilt
  No. 24 Antonio Conner (Safety) Alabama, Ole Miss
11 a.m. No. 47 Stacy Coley (WR) FSU, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida
  No. 4 Mackensie Alexander (CB) Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Noon No. 26 Dee Liner (DT) Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU
  No. 99 Quinton Powell (OLB) Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, USC
  No. 143 Asiantii Woulard (QB-DT) Kentucky, NC State, UCLA, South Florida
1 p.m. No. 135 Keith Bryant FSU, Miami, South Carolina
2 p.m. No. 138 Jermaine Grace Louisville, Miami, Tennessee
3 p.m. No 32 Alvin Kamara (RB) Alabama, Georgia
4 p.m. No. 125 Tyrone Crowder (OG) Clemson, Georgia

 

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