ESPN Networks Kick Off Coverage Of The 2016 College Foootball Season This Week

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The wait is nearly over.  The 2016 college football season kicks off this Friday, August 26. And ESPN will have full coverage of Week 0.

The 2016 college football season kicks off this Friday night on ESPN when California and Hawaii face off live from ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. ESPN will carry full coverage of the game beginning at 10pm ET.  Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti and Warren Smith will have the call for the game.

Friday’s live international event will be followed up Saturday night by a matchup between defending Big South Champion and #6 ranked Charleston Southern on the road against five-time defending champion and #1 North Dakota State at 7:30pm ET.  Adam Amin, Mack Brown, and Molly McGrath will have the call for that game live from Fargo, North Dakota.  It will mark the first time that the trio will have worked together on an ESPN broadcast.
As an additional bonus for college football fans, ESPN will air a special one-hour edition of College GameDay Saturday morning at 11am.  Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso (via satellite) will look ahead at the season to come in this week’s special season preview edition of College GameDay.  The weekly college football broadcast will officially launch its 2016 season next Saturday, September 3rd from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin ahead of the Badgers’ game against the LSU Tigers.

The full broadcast schedule for the ESPN networks’ college football preview shows is noted in whole below.

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Commentators 

Network

Mon, Aug. 22

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2016 SEC College Football Preview Show

Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill, Kevin Carter

ESPNU

 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2016 ACC College Football Preview Show

Anish Shroff, Mike Bellotti, Charles Arbuckle

ESPNU

Tue, Aug. 23

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2016 Big Ten College Football Preview Show

Brendan Fitzgerald, Tom Luginbill, Jason Sehorn

ESPNU

 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2016 Big 12 College Football Preview Show

Anish Shroff, Kevin Carter, Jason Sehorn

ESPNU

Wed, Aug. 24

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2016 Pac-12 College Football Preview Show

Brendan Fitzgerald, Mike Bellotti, Charles Arbuckle

ESPNU

 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

National College Football Preview

Matt Schick, Mike Bellotti, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

 

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Herbies Preseason Special

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit

ESPN2

Sat, Aug. 27

11 a.m. – noon

College GameDay Season Preview

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Lee Corso (via satellite)

ESPN

Sun, Aug. 28

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Heisman Trophy Preview Show

Joe Tessitore, Desmond Howard, Danny Kanell

ESPN

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Championship Drive: College Football Season Preview

Rece Davis

ESPN

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2016 college football season is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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Weather Forces Changes To ESPN’s Weekend CFB Broadcast Schedule

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South Carolina has been devasted by the recent rains that came through the area last week. The effects of the low pressure system that went through the area were far reaching to say the very least. Homes and lands have been flooded, and roads have been washed out. So far fourteen people have lost their lives as a result of the weather. It goes without saying that all of those affected by that weather system are in the thoughts and prayers of the country. Today it was announced that that same system has had even more effect as this weekend’s matchup between the Gamecocks and Tigers has been moved.

Officials with LUS and South Carolina have announced that the game, which was previously scheduled to be held in South Carolina Saturday at noon will now be played at LSU Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm ET. The game will still be broadcast live on ESPN despite the change. Five others games have seen some changes in their scheduling on the ESPN networks as a result of this change. Those games are: Indiana @ Penn St., Illinois @ #22 Iowa, Tulane @ Temple, Minnesota @ Perdue, and Connecticut at UCF. Those games will still be played at their original times and at their original venues. The only changes will be the networks on which audiences can see them. Those changes are all listed below.

The updated schedule for the six impacted games:
Date
Time (ET)
Game / Commentators
Network
Sat, Oct 10
Noon
Indiana at Penn State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 
Noon
Illinois at No. 22 Iowa
Clay Matvick, John Congemi
ESPN2
 
Noon
Tulane at Temple
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 
3:30 p.m.
No. 7 LSU vs. South Carolina (from Baton Rouge, La.)
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 
3:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Purdue
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley
ESPNU
 
3:45 p.m.
Connecticut at UCF
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
ESPNEWS

The full schedule for ESPN Radio’s Saturday football coverage is listed below.

The complete schedule of games for Saturday, Oct. 10, on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ESPN Radio:

Date
Time (ET)
Game / Commentators
Network
Sat, Oct 10
Noon
Texas vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (from Dallas)
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
ABC
 
Noon
Indiana at Penn State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 
Noon
Illinois at No. 22 Iowa
Clay Matvick, John Congemi
ESPN2
 
Noon
Tulane at Temple
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 
Noon
New Mexico State at No. 14 Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
 
Noon
Central Michigan at Western Michigan
ESPN3 *
 
Noon
Sacred Heart at Robert Morris
ESPN3
 
Noon
Culver-Stockton at Benedictine
ESPN3 *
 
12:30 p.m.
Virginia at Pittsburgh
ESPN3 *
 
1 p.m.
Furman at Chattanooga
ESPN3
 
1:30 p.m.
Samford at VMI
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Massachusetts at Bowling Green
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Presbyterian at Coastal Carolina
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Wofford at The Citadel
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Valdosta State at West Georgia
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Clarion at Edinboro
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Northern Iowa at North Dakota State
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Southeast Missouri State at Eastern Illinois
ESPN3
 
3 p.m.
Kent State at No. 24 Toledo
Dave Weekley, Dustin Fox
ESPN3
 
3 p.m.
Akron at Eastern Michigan
Michael Reghi, Josh Cribbs
ESPN3
 
3 p.m.
Wake Forest at Boston College
ESPN3 *
 
3:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ABC & ESPN2, ESPN Radio
 
3:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Nebraska
Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
ABC & ESPN2
 
3:30 p.m.
No. 7 LSU at South Carolina
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 
3:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Purdue
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley
ESPNU
 
3:30 p.m.
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Al Groh
ESPN3
 
3:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Georgia State
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy
ESPN3
 
3:45 p.m.
Connecticut at UCF
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
ESPNEWS
 
4 p.m.
Troy at Mississippi State
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
SEC Network
 
4 p.m.
South Dakota at Western Illinois
ESPN3
 
4 p.m.
Nicholls State at Stephen F. Austin
ESPN3
 
6 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Tulsa
Joel Meyers, Pete Najarian
ESPN3
 
6 p.m.
Stetson at Jacksonville
ESPN3
 
7 p.m.
Arkansas at No. 8 Alabama
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN
 
7 p.m.
No. 21 Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN2
 
7 p.m.
Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette
Brett Dolan, Forrest Conoly
ESPN3
 
7 p.m.
Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese State
ESPN3
 
7 p.m.
Illinois State at Youngstown State
ESPN3 *
 
7 p.m.
Indiana State at South Dakota State
ESPN3 *
 
7:30 p.m.
East Carolina at BYU
Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins
ESPNU
 
7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Florida at Missouri
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
SEC Network
 
8 p.m.
Miami (Fla.) at No. 12 Florida State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox
ABC
 
8 p.m.
Angelo State at Texas A&M Commerce
ESPN3
 
8 p.m.
Abilene Christian at Lamar
ESPN3
 
10 p.m.
No. 23 Cal at No. 5 Utah
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill
ESPN
 
10:15 p.m.
Wyoming at Air Force
Mike Couzens, David Diaz-Infante
ESPN2

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Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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ESPN Family Of Networks Covering Entire Men’s 2014 NIT

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The 77th annual National Invitation Tournament (NIT) tips off tonight and the ESPN family of networks will have exclusive coverage of the entire tournament.

Every game of the annual NIT will be carried across the ESPN family of networks and online on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.  Round One tips off tonight at 7pm with games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.  The Mountaineers of West Virginia will take on the Georgetown Hoyas on ESPN, while the Florida State Seminoles will face Florida Gulf Coast on ESPN2.  The third of the 7pm games sees Robert Morris on the road against St. John’s on ESPNU.  St. John’s is making a record 30th appearance in this year’s NIT and is one of six teams in this year’s tournament that also made an appearance in the 2013 NIT.  The other five teams on that list are: Florida State, Indiana State, Louisiana Tech, Robert Morris, and Southern Miss.

Illinois and Boston University lead off coverage of Day Two at 7pm on ESPN2 with Iona and Louisiana Tech following at 7:30pm on ESPN3 at 7:30pm ET.  Florida Gulf Coast reached the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen” round in 2013.  This year marks the first time that the school will play in the NIT.  It is one of three schools that will make its first ever appearance in the NIT this year.  The other two schools making their first appearance in the NIT this year are High Point and Utah Valley.

Round Two of the NIT is March 20th – 24th.  Quarterfinals are scheduled for March 25th – 26th.  Semifinals are April 1st and the NIT Championship follows April 3rd.

The complete NIT First Round coverage schedule is listed below.

2014 NIT First Round Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, March 18 7 p.m. NIT First Round: West Virginia at Georgetown
Mike Patrick & Dan Dakich
ESPN
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Florida Gulf Coast at Florida State
Mark Jones & Darrin Horn
ESPN2
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Robert Morris at St. John’s
Dave Pasch & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: High Point at Minnesota
Clay Matvick & Mark Wise
ESPN3
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: Belmont at Green Bay
Jim Barbar & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Indiana State at Arkansas
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Davidson at Missouri
Bob Wischusen & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN2
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Georgia State at Clemson
Tom Hart & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
11 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah at St. Mary’s
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
Wed, March 19 7 p.m. NIT First Round: Illinois at Boston University
Sean McDonough & Tim Welsh
ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Iona at Louisiana Tech
Brett Dolan & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3
8 p.m. NIT First Round: Vermont at Georgia
Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
8:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Toledo at Southern Miss
Roy Philpott & Joe Dean
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: UC Irvine at SMU
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
10 p.m. NIT First Round: LSU at San Francisco
Roxy Bernstein & Bill Walton
ESPNU
10:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah Valley at California
Trey Bender & Jon Crispin
ESPN3

 

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ESPN Releases 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN/SEC

ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 SEC College basketball regular season.  The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will kick off the up SEC’s upcoming College Basketball Season Tuesday, January 7th with a matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Bengal Tigers of LSU on ESPN.  It is the first of 120 SEC conference games that will be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks.  Every Tuesday, ESPN and ESPNU will two SEC games during conference play.  This schedule includes the return of the highly popular Super Tuesday series.  That series features an SEC-Big Ten doubleheader each year.  Meanwhile, ESPN or ESPN2 will feature and SEC battle on the hardwood every Thursday.  Saturday’s SEC showcase will feature at least one game on ESPNU and ESPN or ESPN2.

The 2014 SEC schedule includes a Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV broadcast.  College GameDay Covered by State Farm will also broadcast live from Kentucky as the Wildcats host the Hurricanes.  That matchup will take place February 15th at 9pm ET on ESPN.  Rece Davis hosts College GameDay and is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, and Jalen Rose.   ESPNU carries a two-hour edition of College GameDay every Saturday morning at 10am ET that continues at 11am on ESPN.  ESPN airs a one-hour edition of College GameDay every Saturday night at 8pm ET.

True diehard SEC and college basketball fans will be able to catch eight exclusive SEC matchups and a simulcast of every SEC Network and regional syndication partner broadcast.  Fans can even get ESPN Full Court, ESPN’s out-of-market-pay-per-view package to get even more games.

The SEC Network, ESPN Regional Television’s over-the-air syndication package, will have forty more games in addition to all of the games presented across the ESPN family of networks.  And the SEC Network will also present the SEC Studio Show every Saturday afternoon from the regular season through the SEC Tournament.

All SEC games can be viewed not only on television, but also online.  All content available across the ESPN family of networks will also be available online via WatchESPN, WatchESPN.com and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE for Gold members.  Audiences with Apple TV will also be able to get their games through that outlet if they have a video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The full ESPN family of networks SEC College basketball schedule is available below.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and SEC Network 2013 SEC Men’s Basketball Schedule

Dates, times and television listings subject to change

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Jan 7 7 p.m. Tennessee at LSU ESPN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Alabama ESPNU
Wed, Jan 8 7 p.m. South Carolina at Florida ESPN3 ** &  CSS
8 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Georgia at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Arkansas at Texas AM ESPN3 ** & FSN
Thu, Jan 9 7 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 11 1 p.m. Florida at Arkansas ESPN2
1:30 p.m. LSU at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
2 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN2
4 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
Alabama at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & FSN
Tue, Jan 14 7 p.m. Georgia at Florida ESPNU
9 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas ESPN
Wed, Jan 15 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & CSS
Thu, Jan 16 7 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 18 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Arkansas at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
2 p.m. Alabama at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
4 p.m. Florida at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4:30 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & FSN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU ESPNU
Tue, Jan 21 7 p.m. Missouri at LSU ESPNU
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Kentucky ESPN
Wed, Jan 22 8 p.m. Arkansas at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & CSS
TBD Auburn at Mississippi State ESPN3
Thu, Jan 23 7 p.m. Florida at Alabama ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 25 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas A&M ESPNU
1:30 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Tennessee at Florida ESPN or ESPN2
Mississippi State at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. LSU at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Jan 28 7 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas ESPNU
9 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPN
Wed, Jan 29 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Alabama at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
TBD Texas A&M at South Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Jan 30 7 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 1 1:30 p.m. South Carolina at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Georgia at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Texas A&M at Florida ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Arkansas at LSU ESPNU
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Tennessee at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Feb 4 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky ESPNU
9 p.m. Missouri at Florida ESPN
Wed, Feb 5 8 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & CSS
TBD Tennessee at Vanderbilt ESPN3
TBD Auburn at South Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Feb 6 7 p.m. LSU at Georgia ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 8 Noon Alabama at Florida ESPN
1:30 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee ESPNU
4 p.m. Arkansas at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Auburn at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Missouri at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Texas A&M at Georiga ESPN3 ** & CSS
Tue, Feb 11 7 p.m. Florida at Tennessee ESPN
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama ESPNU
Wed, Feb 12 8 p.m. Kentucky at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Vanderbilt at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & CSS
9 p.m. Georgia at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & FSN
Thu, Feb 13 7 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 15 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Mississippi State at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
Alabama at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Ole Miss at Georgia ESPN3 ** & FSN
5 p.m. LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
9 p.m. Florida at Kentucky ESPN
Tue, Feb 18 7 p.m. Kentucky at Ole Miss ESPN
9 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee ESPNU
Wed, Feb 19 7 p.m. Auburn at Florida ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Vanderbilt at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Mississippi State at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & CSS
Thu, Feb 20 7 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 22 1:30 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. Tennessee at Texas A&M ESPNU
4 p.m. LSU at Kentucky ESPN or ESPN2
Arkansas at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Vanderbilt at Auburn ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Missouri at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Feb. 25 7 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt ESPN
9 p.m. Missouri at Georgia ESPNU
Wed, Feb 26 8 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Texas A&M at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Alabama at Ole Miss ESPN3
Thu, Feb 27 7 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Mar 1 Noon Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN or ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. Auburn at Alabama ESPNU
4 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina ESPN or ESPN2
Ole Miss at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & FSN
Tue, Mar 4 7 p.m. Florida at South Carolina ESPNU
9 p.m. Alabama at Kentucky ESPN
Wed, Mar 5 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Tennessee at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
TBD Ole Miss at Arkansas ESPN3
TBD Texas A&M at Missouri ESPN3
Thu, Mar 6 7 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Mar 8 1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee ESPN
South Carolina at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Auburn at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Georgia at LSU ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Arkansas at Alabama ESPN3

 

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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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ESPNU debuts new special Monday

The 2012 London Summer Olympics are just around the corner.  And just in time to build anticipation for this year’s games, ESPNU will air its newest special, “Lolo.”  “Lolo” airs Monday night at 7pm on ESPNU.

“Lolo” centers on track and field star Lori “Lolo” Jones.  It tells the story of an athlete who started her life with nothing, but through sheer determination and hard work, became one of the greatest names in her sport today.  Director Rory Karpf uses interviews with Jones’ family and friends, and Jones herself to illustrate her story.

Lori “Lolo” Jones’ story starts in Des Moines, Iowa.  She and her siblings grew up hard.  Their father was constantly in and out of the family’s picture.  Their mom struggled to make ends meet.  Jones herself talks about the family’s struggles leading to her having to shoplift food just to make sure she had something to eat and how the family even had to sleep on the floor of a Salvation Army Church because they had nowhere else at one point.  She also recounts how when her father was around, they never had one stable car.  She notes that her dad was always buying cheap cars that broke down quickly.  In the colder months of the year, she would end up having to run from point to point as a result of this.  That, she says, is what started her love of running.  She said of running that, “it [running] was the friend that never left.”

Lolo’s love of running became not just a love, but a genuine talent.  It garnered her a scholarship to LSU.  Jones said of her move to Louisiana that for a girl from Iowa, it was a total culture shock.  As much as it was a culture shock, moving to Louisiana and attending LSU was a turning point for her.  LSU was where she met track and field coach Dennis Shaver.  Shaver would unwittingly become the father figure that Jones needed to nurture her gift.  And he did just that.

Coach Shaver was there for Lolo after she failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.  It was his motivation that kept her going and working her way to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Her run in the ’08 Olympics was nothing short of miraculous.  It was also one of the most important moments in her life.  When she came up short of the Gold in her final event, Jones started to question herself.  That led her to doubt herself in other competitions.  But the reality was that her problems may not have been her fault after all.  As a matter of fact, it would turn out that Jones had a problem that came as a surprise to everyone including herself that led to her ups and downs since the ’08 Olympics.

When she went to see a doctor about everything she was going through, he discovered that Jones actually had a problem with her spine.  It turned out that a problem with her spine had caused her to lose sensation to her feet.  That explained her legs and feet not moving the way she had wanted.  She finally had an answer.  After a successful procedure and recovery, Lolo Jones made an amazing comeback with a win at the ’08 U.S. Open.  And now, she will try to make it to this year’s London Olympics at next month’s Olympic Trials, hoping that the third time will truly be the charm.  Needless to say that when she tries out next month, there will likely be a lot of people watching on television and at those trials chanting, “Go! Go! Lolo! 

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