Tipoff Times Announced For 2017 Final Four Matchups

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The big dance is almost over.

CBS Sports officials have announced the Final Four tipoff times for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship.  The semi-final round of this year’s tournament begins April 1 at 6:09 p.m. as South Carolina faces off against Gonzaga.  North Carolina and Oregon follow approximately 40 minutes after the Gamecocks and Bulldogs wrap their game.

Pre-game coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on At the Final Four presented by InfinitiThe Final Four Show follows at 4 p.m. ET.  Ernie Johnson will anchor CBS Sports’ studio coverage for Saturday’s semi-finals and for the National Championship on Monday, April 3.

Greg Gumbel will anchor At the Final Four presented by Infiniti.  He will be joined by analysts Steve Smith and Seth Davis for additional commentary.

Ernie Johnson will anchor CBS’ The Final Four Show studio broadcast on Saturday. He will be joined by NBA Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith for additional commentary during the broadcast.  Johnson will also anchor CBS’ studio coverage for the network’s National Championship broadcast on Monday.

More information on CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship coverage is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Weather Forces Changes To ESPN’s Weekend CFB Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

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

More information on ESPN’s college football coverage 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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ESPN To Debut New NFL Mini-Series April 22nd

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Courtesy: ESPN

It’s only March.  But as any sports fan knows, it’s always football season.  In keeping with that understanding, ESPN announced this week, that it will debut a new four-week series focused on the top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft this Spring in anticipation of the upcoming NFL season.

ESPN Draft Academy will debut Tuesday, April 22nd at 10pm ET on ESPN.  The four-week series follows this year’s crop of NFL hopefuls as they prepare for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, their individual Pro Days, and the upcoming NFL Draft.  The mini-series will focus on Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), Marqise Lee (USC), Pierre Desir (Lindenwood (Mo.) University) and Bishop Sankey (University of Washington).  Each episode runs one hour and will follow Jon Grudens QB Camp.

Matthew Volk, ESPN Director of Programming and Acquisitions, explained the premise of the mini-series in speaking with the media.  “Draft Academy follows some of the most talented, talked-about prospects as they train in pursuit of a top spot in the 2014 NFL Draft,” he said.  “The show will give fans an intimate look at these players as they pursue their goals of making it to the NFL.”

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