New On-Air Teams Announced For ESPN’s Thursday, Friday Night College Football Coverage

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ESPN has announced the on-air roster for this season’s coverage of college football on Thursday and Friday nights..

Thursday night broadcasts will be led by Dave Flemming and college football analyst Jesse Palmer.  Laura Rutledge will join the duo as a sideline reporter for the network’s Thursday night games.  This is in addition to her previously announced duties with The SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcasts.  Friday night coverage will be led by Adam Amin.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mack Brown.  Molly McGrath will be on the sidelines for each game with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

As an additional note, David Pollack has signed a new extension with ESPN that will see him appear on ESPN’s College GameDay each week for the foreseeable future.  The terms of his new deal also include a more prominent role on College Football Live and will also see him contributing more to the network’s studio shows this season.  Pollack originally joined ESPN in 2009 as a studio analyst before joining the College GameDay on-air crew in 2011.

Before moving to Thursday nights, Flemming handled play-by-play duties on ESPN’s Friday night college football games.  Amin previously worked the Saturday college football games for ESPN/ABC.  Rutledge most recently served as a sideline reporter for the SEC Network’s college football broadcasts.  Pollack most recently served as a game analyst on ESPN’s Thursday night college football broadcasts last season alongside play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Jesse Palmer.

Lee Fitting, Senior Coordinating Producer, was entirely supportive of the new appointments in discussing them and the related importance of ESPN’s college football coverage.  “The new opportunities for Dave, Adam and Laura prove, once again, the quality of our on-air lineup and the growth opportunities that exist at ESPN, while Molly’s addition adds another high-caliber reporter and host to our roster as we enter a new season,” Fitting said.  “Thursday and Friday night telecasts are an integral part of our college football coverage and we look forward to these two new commentating teams working these primetime games each week.”  Fitting also shared his thoughts on Pollack’s experience in relation to his new deal noting, “David’s analysis, insights and, most importantly, his opinions have elevated him to a top college football analyst.  Having him on our studio programming, nearly on a daily basis throughout the season, maximizes his strengths and makes ESPN’s college football coverage better.”

This week’s new appointments are just the latest on-air moves made by ESPN for its upcoming college football broadcasts.  The network also recently announced moves involving Brian Griese, Steve Levy, Greg McElroy, Samantha Ponder, and Allison Williams for its college football broadcasts.  New contracts were also announced for Dave Pasch and Bob Wischusen.

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Media Days Schedule Announced

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It’s almost that time again.  College football season is almost upon us once again.  In anticipation of its impending return ESPN has announced its plans for the sport’s annual Media Days.

ESPN and the ESPN networks will launch their coverage of college football’s conference media days beginning next Monday, July 11th.  In all 14 Conference Media Days will be covered across ESPN’s family of networks and will continue into August.  It all begins on College Football Live.  ESPN’s daily college football news and information show returns next Monday, July 11th.  It will continue daily throughout the season airing regularly from 1:30 – 2pm ET on ESPN.  Joe Tessitore will anchor the show’s broadcast in its first week back.  He will be joined by college football analysts Joey Galloway and Paul Finebaum.  Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Marcus Spears will each make appearances from Hoover, Alabama, the site of the SEC Media Days.

ESPNU will have 30 hours of Media Days coverage.  That includes 10 three-hour College Football Media Days specials over 15 days beginning with the SEC (July 11th – 14th).  The Pac-12 is next on July 14th, followed by the Big 12 July 18th – 19th.  From July 21st – 22nd ESPNU will cover the ACC’s Media Days.  Coverage of the Big Ten conference’s Media Days rounds out ESPNU’s Media Days coverage from July 25th – 26th.  Brendan Fitzgerald, Matt Schick, and Anish Shroff will share time anchoring ESPNU’s Media Days broadcasts.  They will be joined primarily by analyst Tom Luginbill for additional commentary.  Kevin Carter (July 14th) and Charles Arbuckle (July 25th) will also make appearances during the network’s coverage of Media Days.  Anish Shroff will be live onsite in Charlotte, North Carolina for coverage of the ACC’s Media Days.  ESPNU’s coverage schedule is noted below.

 

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
Mon., July 11th 3pm SEC
Tue., July 12th 1pm SEC
Wed., July 13th 1pm SEC
Thu, July 14th 1pm SEC/Pac-12
Mon., July 18th 1pm Big 12
Tue., July 19th 1pm Big 12
Thu., July 21st 1pm ACC
Fri., July 22nd 1pm ACC
Mon., July 25th 1pm Big Ten
Tue., July 26th 1pm Big Ten

 

Anchor Matt Barrie and reporter Marty Smith, who will be on site in Alabama for the SEC’s Media Days, will carry coverage on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  ESPN3, ESPN.com, and the SEC Network will each carry their own additional Media Days coverage.  That information is provided below.

 

ESPN3

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
Monday, July 25th 2pm Sun Belt
Mon., July 25th
Tues., July 26th
3pm
10am
Conference  USA

 

Tues., July 26th
Wed., July 27th
TBD Mountain West
Thu., July 28th 12pm Mid-American
Tue., Aug. 2nd 9am American

 

Along with its  major conference coverage, ESPN3 will also carry coverage of four FCS schools’ Media Days.

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
July 21st 11am NEC
July 26th 10am CAA
July 26th 1:30pm Big South
July 27th 8pm Southland

 

ESPN.com will have reporters on site from a number of Media Days locations providing daily news, analysis and more.  The  reporters and their assigned sites are noted below.

Conference

              Reporters

SEC

  • Edward Aschoff

 

  • Greg Ostendorf

 

  • Alex Scarborough

 

  • Mark  Schlabach
Pac 12
  • Kyle Bonagura

 

  • Kevin Gemmell

 

  • Chantel Jennings

 

  • David Lombardi

 

  • Chris Low

 

  • Ted Miller
Big 12
  • Max Olson

 

  • Mitch Sherman

 

  • Jake  Trotter
ACC
  • Andrea Adelson

 

  • Matt Fortuna

 

  • David Hale

 

  • Jared Shanker
Big 10
  • Brian Bennett

 

  • Josh Moyer

 

  • Dan Murphy

 

  • Adam Rittenberg

 

  • Jesse Temple

 

  • Austin Ward
American
  • Ivan  Maisel

 

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Broadcast Teams Announced For 2016 ESPN/ABC College Football Broadcasts

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ESPN has announced some big plays for its upcoming season of college football broadcasts.

Officials with the worldwide leader in sports have announced that play-by-play commentator Dave Pasch and analyst Bob Wischusen will be back in the booth this season for ESPN and ABC’s college football broadcasts.  The pair re-signed during the off-season and will be in the booth for the foreseeable future.  New to the team this season are analyst Greg McElroy and reporter Allison Williams.  McElroy will join Pasch and field analyst Tom Luginbill for the networks’ broadcasts while Williams will join Wischusen and Brock Huard.  The exact details of Pasch and Wischusen’s new extensions were not announced nor were those of McElroy and Williams.

Lee Fitting, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer discussed the new broadcast teams in a statement released to the press.  “The quality and depth of our on-air lineup continues to be one of the strengths of our college football coverage,” Fitting said.  “Dave and Bob will again be front and center on high impact games in key ESPN and ABC timeslots for us. We look forward to seeing Greg and Allison in their new roles.”

Pasch originally joined ESPN in 2003 and has served as play-by-play commentator for college football, men’s and women’s basketball, the NBA, the WNBA, and the Little League World Series.  His new deal will mean that the upcoming season of college football on ESPN and ABC will be his 12th.  He has served as play-by-play commentator for college basketball and football since 2005.  Together with Wisnuchen the pair has no less than a decade of experience at ESPN altogether.

McElroy comes to ESPN and ABC’s college football broadcast team from the SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show SEC Nation.  He is a former national champion-winning quarterback.  Along with his new duties, McElroy will continue to contribute to the SEC Network’s studio show SEC Now throughout the week.  He has served as a studio analyst for the SEC Network for the past two years along with covering a number of spring games, bowl games, and regular season games.

Williams  most recent assignment was working Friday night college football games.  She originally joined ESPN in 2011, at which time her duties included covering college football and college basketball.

More information on the new broadcast teams for ESPN and ABC’s Saturday college football broadcasts is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Reaches New TV Deal With C-USA

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College Football fans are going to get more of their favorite sport this fall.  That is because ESPN has signed a new television deal with Conference USA.

Beginning this fall ESPN will air five C-USA football games and the C-USA Conference Championship game.  The deal currently runs through the 2017 season.  Three of those five games will feature C-USA teams hosting non-conference teams in the early portion of the season.  The last week of the regular season will be comprised of two conference matchups.  The C-USA Conference Championship is currently scheduled to be played Saturday, December 3rd.

The 2016 schedule opens with Indiana at Florida International University on Thursday, September 1st.  It is scheduled to air at 7:30pm ET on ESPNU.  Two more games will be played Friday, September 16th.  Rice will host No. 7 Baylor at 8pm on ESPN in the night’s first game.  The second, UTSA hosting Arizona State, will be at 9:30pm ET on ESPN2. ESPN’s C-USA football schedule winds down with Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss on Friday, November 25th and Western Kentucky University on the road against Marshall on Saturday, November 26th.  Times for those two games and the conference championship will be announced at a later date.  The ESPN networks’ current C-USA football broadcast schedule is noted below.

 

ESPN Network’s Conference USA Television Schedule for 2016

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Sept. 1

7:30 p.m.

Indiana at FIU

ESPNU

Fri, Sept. 16

8 p.m.

No. 7 Baylor at Rice

ESPN

9:30 p.m.

Arizona State at UTSA

ESPN2

Fri, Nov. 25

TBD

Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss

TBD

Sat, Nov. 26

TBD

WKU at Marshall

TBD

Sat, Dec. 3

TBD

C-USA Football Championship Game

TBD

Rankings are per ESPN.com’s “way too early top 25” (May 10)

 

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Gruden’s QB Camp Returns For Its Seventh Season This Spring

Orlando, FL - March 31, 2015 - Wide World of Sports: Jon Gruden during Gruden's QB Camp class of 2015 (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Orlando, FL – March 31, 2015 – Wide World of Sports: Jon Gruden during Gruden’s QB Camp class of 2015
(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

The start of the 2016 – 2017 NFL season is roughly six months away. Even with so much time until football returns, any true NFL fan will agree that it is never too soon to talk football. That being the case NFL fans will be happy to know that ESPN has announced the return of Gruden’s QB Camp this spring.

Gruden’s QB Camp is an integral part of ESPN’s annual pre-NFL Draft programming. This year it returns for its seventh year beginning April 12th at 8:30pm ET on ESPN and will run for a total of five weeks leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. It will air across the ESPN networks, including ABC. As a bonus for audiences, previous episodes of Gruden’s QB Camp will be available via ESPN Classic VOD beginning in the first week of April. Excerpts of each episode will be run on NFL Live, SportsCenter, and other shows.

This year’s season of Gruden’s QB Camp will feature projected first round picks Jared Goff (California — 1st Team All-Pac 12 selection), and Carson Wenz (North Dakota State – Most Outstanding Player from the NCAA D1 National Championship over the past two years). Also expected to appear on Gruden’s QB Camp this year are: Connor Cook (Michigan State — Big Ten QB of the Year and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award-winner), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State – 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year), Cardale Jones (Ohio State – 2015 College Football Playoff National Champion), Paxton Lynch (Memphis – AAC 1st Team selection), and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State – 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl MVP).

Over the course of its past six seasons Gruden’s QB Camp has welcomed fifty players. Forty-three of those fifty players were quarterbacks. Of those quarterbacks, ten have gone on to be starting QBs in the NFL including: Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers QB) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks QB). More information on this year’s season of Gruden’s QB Camp is available online with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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ESPN Offering Extensive Coverage Of College Football Playoff Championship

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Next Monday night the 2015 – 2016 college football season finally comes to an end.

A season of hits and hard work finally comes down to just one game next Monday night when Alabama (SEC) and Clemson (ACC) face off for this year’s college football championship.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s championship game.  Kickoff is set for 8:30pm ET on ESPN.  Chris Fowler will have the call for Monday night’s game, presented by AT&T.  He will be joined in the booth by Kirk Herbstreit.  Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi will also be on hand on the sidelines for additional commentary and reports throughout the game.

Those that won’t be near a TV Monday night can still catch the game as it will be simulcast on ESPN Radio and online via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, and TuneIn.  Mike Tirico will have the call for the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Todd Blackledge.  Holly Rowe, Joe Schad, and Bill Lemonnier will all be on hand on the sidelines for additional commentary and reports for ESPN Radio throughout the game.  Additional information for Monday night’s broadcast of the College Football Championship will be announced as the week progresses.

As the days tick by and anticipation builds for this year’s College Football Championship, ESPN and the ESPN networks will have plenty of in-depth coverage ahead of the big game.  College Football Live will come live from the campus of both Alabama and Clemson.  It will also have a live broadcast from the University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of this year’s championship game.  Joe Tessitore will be live at Alabama’s campus.  He will be joined by analysts Mark May and Booger McFarland, and reporter Tom Rinaldi.  Chris Cotter will be live from Clemson alongside Danny Kanell and analyst Joey Galloway.  Reporters Samantha Ponder and Marty Smith will also be on hand for additional commentary and news.  On Friday, Chris Cotter will anchor College Football Live on site at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  He will be joined live by analysts Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, Mack Brown and Todd McShay, and contributor George Whitfield.  That broadcast will air Friday at 1:30pm ET on ESPN.

Along with broadcasts of College Football Live ESPN will also offer college football fans live editions of SportsCenter in the days leading up to the College Football Championship.  David Lloyd will host SportsCenter  Thursday at 1pm ET.  Lindsay Czarniak will host the 6pm edition of SportsCenter Thursday and Friday evening.  Thursday’s broadcast will air live from Alabama and Friday’s from Phoenix.  Saturday morning, SportsCenter will air live from College Football Playoff Media Day from 8am ET – 12:30pm ET.  Matt Barrie, Joe Tessitore will be on hand for the early edition of SportsCenter while John Anderson and John Buccigross will be on hand for the late edition of SportsCenter.  On Monday, SportsCenter will be live from 9am ET to 2:30 pm ET on-site from the University of Phoenix Stadium.  There will also be a follow-up edition of SportsCenter following the game.  Lindsay Czarniak will wrap SportsCenter’s coverage of the College Football Championship Tuesday night at 6pm ET.

The ESPN networks’ extensive coverage of the 2015 – 2016 College Football Championship includes not only coverage from its flagship news broadcast and one of its college football broadcast but also on Face To Face with Hannah Storm.  Monday afternoon at 2:30pm ET, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will sit down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm for a special interview.  The coaches will discuss their respective teams’ seasons, the championship game, and much more in a special half-hour edition of the program.

Over on the radio side, Mike and Mike will broadcast on-site on Monday and Tuesday live from the University of Phoenix Stadium as will Rusillo and KanellMike and Mike will be simulcast both days from 6am ET to 10am ET on ESPN2. Rusillo & Kanell will air both days at 1pm ET live from Phoenix. As an additional bonus for fans NFL great Steve Smith, Jr. will join Golic and Greenie Friday morning on Mike and Mike. His appearance comes on the heels of his announcement that he will be returning to the Ravens in 2016 instead of retiring as he had previously announced. Smith will be live from 7:30am – 10am ET.

More information on the ESPN networks’ extensive coverage of the upcoming College Football Playoff Championship is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks Release Game Times, More For This Weekend’s CFP Semi-Finals Coverage

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This weekend, the 2015 college football post season is nearing its finale and the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the games leading up to the national championship.

The semi-final round of the college football playoffs begins this Thursday, December 31st with a triple header schedule. It all starts at noon eastern as #18 Houston and #9 Florida State face off in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. The game will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes. Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill will have the call for ESPN. Jerry Olaya and Robert Abramowitz will have the call on ESPN Deportes. And Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, and Allison Williams will team up for the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.

ESPN will follow up coverage of the Peach Bowl with the broadcast of the Capital One Orange Bowl at 4pm ET on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio. #4 Oklahoma will take on #1 Clemson in that game. #3 Michigan State and #2 Alamaba round out the day’s semi-final coverage as they face off at 8pm ET in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. That game will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes.

Coverage of the semi-finals continues Friday afternoon at 1pm with the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl. The fighting Irish of #8 Notre Dame will take on #7 The Ohio State Buckeyes in that matchup. It will be carried live on ESPN, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes. Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Todd McShay will have the call for ESPN while Jerry Olaya and Robert Abramonwitz will be back again for ESPN Deportes. Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, and Olivia Harlan will be on the call for ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the game. Following the conclusion of the Fiesta Bowl, ESPN will switch over and head to the west coast for the annual Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwest Mutual. #6 Stanford and #5 Iowa will take to the field for that game. #16 Oklahoma State and #12 ole Miss round out the day’s events in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. That game is scheduled for an 8:30pm ET kickoff. It will be carried live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio.   The full schedule for this weekend’s semi-final round of the 2015 college football playoff is listed below.

New Year’s Six Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Networks
Thu, Dec 31 Noon Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl:
No. 18 Houston vs. No. 9 Florida State

TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill
ESPN Deportes: Jerry Olaya, Robert Abramowitz
Radio: Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl:
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN Deportes: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox, Tom Rinaldi
ESPN Deportes: Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Brad Sham, Danny Kanell, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio Radio
Fri, Jan 1 1 p.m. BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl:
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State
TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
ESPN Deportes: Jerry Olaya , Robert Abramonwitz
Radio: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual:
No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 5 Iowa
TV: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
ESPN Deportes: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl:
No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN Deportes: Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

 

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