Jon Gruden’s Quarterback Camp Returns This Spring

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Jon Gruden’s “Quarterback Camp” will return this Spring.

Gruden’s series of SportsCenter specials will return this spring for its fifth season.  Gruden mentors a handful of college football’s top quarterbacks in the series, as they prepare to take the next step in their careers.  This year’s installment of Gruden’s “Quarterback Camp” will see nine of college football’s top quarterback prospects.  Those names include the likes of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time BCS National Champion A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.  The complete list of this year’s “QB Camp” participants is noted below.

2014 Gruden’s QB Camp participants:

Quarterback

School

Blake Bortles

Central Florida

Tajh Boyd

Clemson

Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville

Derek Carr

Fresno

Jimmy Garoppolo

Eastern Illinois

Jordan Lynch

Northern Illinois

A.J. McCarron

Alabama

Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M

Aaron Murray

Georgia

 

Gruden prepares a specialized lesson plan of sorts for each of the participants in his “QB Camp.”  Through his specialized plan, he points out to each prospect, a balanced look at both their strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to see where they need to improve in order to be successful NFL talent.  Over the past four seasons of his “QB Camp” Gruden has mentored no fewer than twenty-nine quarterbacks from twenty-seven schools.  Fourteen of those QBs went on to be NFL regular season starters.  Among the names that Gruden has mentored through his series are: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and current NFL Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks.

Gruden’s “QB Camp” moves this year to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando.  It replaces Gruden’s Tampa office, where the “QB Camp” was previously held.  The new set will replicate his Tampa office, playfully dubbed the “Fired Football Coaches Association.”  The 220-acre facility also includes athletic fields, which will be used for quarterback workouts.

More information on Jon Gruden’s “Quarterback Camp” and all things NFL is available online now at http://espn.go.com/nfl and http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Unbeatens, Top 25 Teams Highlight Weekend’s CFB Coverage On ESPN Family Of Networks

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This weekend is going to be another busy one for college football fans.  ESPN’s college football coverage this weekend includes matchups between nine undefeated teams and thirteen of the nation’s Top Twenty-Five ranked teams.  It’s all capped off with an ESPN doubleheader this Saturday, October 12th.  The first game on the network’s doubleheader schedule will see unbeaten #18 Michigan taking on Big Ten rival Penn State.  That game is scheduled for 5pm ET.  The second game of the night will see #9 Texas A&M hitting the road to take on Ole Miss at 8:30pm ET.  Texas A&M has only one loss so far on the season.

Saturday’s extensive college football schedule kicks off on ABC at high noon with the annual Red River Rivalry between the Longhorns of Texas and the Sooners of #12 Oklahoma.  Brent Musburger will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Todd Blackledge and Heather Cox.  Over on ESPN, the Bulldogs of #7 Georgia will host the undefeated #25 University of Missouri Tigers.  Dave Pasch will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill.  Georgia’s only loss so far on the season has come at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.

ESPN and ABC’s coverage is just part of what the ESPN family of networks has to offer this weekend.  Thursday night, unbeaten #8 Louisville will take on Rutgers, which has only one loss on the season so far in an American Athletic Conference match.  The game is scheduled to air on ESPN Thursday night, October 10th at 7:30pm.

ABC will air two games in a reverse-mirror with ESPN2 at 3:30pm, the first pitting undefeated #3 Clemson against the Eagles of Boston College.  #19 Northwestern will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the second of ABC’s games.

If Saturday’s main college football coverage isn’t enough for fans, then Saturday night’s doubleheader on ESPN2 is sure to keep fans happy.  #1 Alabama is scheduled to take on Kentucky at 7pm with #11 UCLA following at 10:30pm ET against California.

Over on ESPNU on Saturday, Pitt will be on the road against #24 Virginia Tech in an ACC Coastal Division matchup.  Both teams have only one loss.  That game is scheduled for a 12pm ET start time.

Fans with ESPN3 will get to see undefeated #23 Northern Illinois taking on Akron at 5pm ET.  And on ESPNEWS, unbeaten Houston will face off against Memphis in a battle of the big cats.  A complete schedule of this week’s college football coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available below.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Thu, Oct 10 7:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 8 Louisville

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder

ESPN
South Carolina State at North Carolina Central

Mark Neely & Jay Walker

ESPNU
Valdosta State at West Alabama ESPN3
10:30 p.m. Arizona at USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ESPN Radio
Fri, Oct 11 8:30 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams

ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 12 Noon No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (from Dallas)

Brent Musburger, Todd Blackledge & Heather Cox

ABC
No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill

ESPN
Indiana at Michigan State

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2
Pitt at No. 24 Virginia Tech

Tom Hart & John Congemi

ESPNU
Memphis at Houston (from BBVA Compass Stadium)

Paul Loeffler & John Bunting

ESPNEWS
South Florida at Connecticut

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod

ESPN3 * & RSN
12:21 p.m. No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano

ESPN3 * & SEC TV
12:30 p.m. Navy at Duke ESPN3 * & RSN
2 p.m. Buffalo at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Rocky Boiman

ESPN3
Western Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 *
Central Michigan at Ohio ESPN3 *
Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
3 p.m. Kent State at Ball State

Jim Barbar & Mark Herrmann

ESPN3
Miami (Ohio) at Massachusetts

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler

ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ABC & ESPN2 ** & ESPN Radio
Boston College at No. 3 Clemson

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich

ABC & ESPN2 **
Virginia at Maryland

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer

ESPNU
Syracuse at NC State ESPN3 * & RSN
Troy at Georgia State ESPN3 * & RSN
4 p.m. South Dakota State at Western Illinois ESPN3 *
Northwestern State at Nicholls State ESPN3 *
5 p.m. No. 18 Michigan at Penn State

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor

ESPN
Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois

Shawn Kenney & Bob Chmeil

ESPN3
6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina ESPN3 *
Furman at Tennessee-Chattanooga ESPN3 *
7 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Lewis Johnson

ESPN2
Georgia Tech at BYU

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport

ESPNU
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Andrew Monaco & Kevin O’Connell

Longhorn Network
Idaho at Arkansas State

Brock Bowling & Warrick Dunn

ESPN3
Bowling Green at Mississippi State ESPN3 * & RSN
Illinois State at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
8 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3 *
8:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss

Brad Nessler, Kirk Herbstreit & Holly Rowe

ESPN
10:30 p.m. California at No. 11 UCLA

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards

ESPN2
Oregon State at Washington State

Joe Davis & Jay Walker

ESPNU
Tue, Oct 15 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky ESPN2

 

* Local blackout may apply

** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast

 

All of the games scheduled for this weekend can be viewed both on TV and online at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on all mobile internet outlets.  Xbox owners can access all games through ESPN as long as they have Gold membership.  And Apple TV subscribers can get video through affiliated subscription services.

ESPN Goal Line network will have unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of the weekend’s top college football games beginning Saturday at noon.  ESPN Goal Line is available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, and Midcontinent Communications.

More information on this weekend’s college football coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN and http://espn.go.com/ncf/index.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

WNBA Draft Airs On Primetime Tonight

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The 2013 WNBA Draft will be held tonight on ESPN2.  This year marks the first time ever that the WNBA has held the draft in primetime.  It will be highlighted by the “3 To See”, Elena Delle Donne (University of Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), and Brittney Grinor (Baylor).  The broadcast—presented by State farm—will air at 8pm/7pm CT tonight.  It will be held at ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters.  The league’s second and third rounds will air live on ESPNU from 9-10:30pm.  Fans can watch all three rounds online and via mobile devices on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. Each round consists of twelve picks each.  WNBA fans can get even more content throughout the day today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on espnW.

Kevin Negandhi will host the draft.  He comes into tonight’s broadcast fresh off the heels of a successful broadcast of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.  It marks the first time that he will host the annual draft.  He will be joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck.  Reporters Holly Rowe and LaChina Robinson will also be on hand to bring viewers the latest news and more live.  Guards and forwards highlight this year’s top draft crop.  Among the top guards expected to be on hand are:  Alex Bentley (Penn State), Layshia Clarendon (California), Kelly Faris (Connecticut), Tayler Hill (Ohio State), Lindsey Moore (Nebraska) and Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown).  The league’s top prospective forwards include:  Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) and Toni Young (Oklahoma State); and center Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M).

The Phoenix Mercury is at the top of this year’s draft for the third time in the history of the franchise.  The Chicago Sky, Tulsa Shock, Washington Mystics, and New York Liberty round out the top five teams in the draft this year.

ESPN and the WNBA are now in the seventeenth year together.  And heads of both organizations recently signed a new contract that will extend the pair’s partnership through the 2022 season.  This year’s season opens with a special Memorial Day doubleheader that pits the league’s top four draft picks against one another.  Washington and Tulsa will face off at 3pm.  Chicago and Phoenix follow that game at 5pm. 

To keep up with all the latest from the WNBA and ESPN, fans can go to the official WNBA Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wnba and its official website, http://www.wnba.com or the official ESPN2 Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and its official website, http://www.espn.com.

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ESPN Announces New Signing Day Details

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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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