Thursday, July 19, 2007
I mentioned this new show before, but all of the details about the program and it's debut have been released. And while a lot of ESPN's ideas have been sketchy (at best) lately....this one might actually be a winner.
The show will air Monday through Friday at 3:30pm on ESPN. Rece Davis will be your host of the 30-minute show with Kirk Herbsteit and Lee Corso helping out for the first two shows. Others to be featured include: Chris Spielman, Bob Griese, Robert Smith, Desmond Howard, Jim Donnan, Lou Holtz, Ed Cunningham, and Joe Schad.
Starting with the debut, and going through the first 25, the main focus will be a debate each of their Top 25 Heismann Candidates. How they came up with 25 is beyond me, but the guest list for those shows is pretty impressive....
* Live interviews with Heisman Trophy candidate running backs, including Rutgers’ Ray Rice in-studio (Monday, July 23), and Boise State’s Ian Johnson (Tuesday, July 24) and Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (Friday, July 27) via satellite.Actually I take that back...that's not "pretty" impressive...it's VERY impressive. The program also has some other interesting angles that will be discussed throughout the year....including, but not limited to....
* Live interviews with top coaches, including LSU’s Les Miles (Monday, July 23), Ohio State’s Jim Tressel (Tuesday, July 24) and USC’s Pete Carroll (Thursday, July 26).
* Feature on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and a look at why several of USC’s top players decided to return to the Trojans instead of entering the NFL Draft.
* Segments from a roundtable discussion on what it is like to coach at Notre Dame with current coach Charlie Weis, and former Notre Dame coaches Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz with Brent Musburger moderating. The 30-minute Notre Dame roundtable is scheduled to be aired Wednesday, Aug. 29 as part of a special College Football Live from 7 to 11 p.m.
* On-campus performances from 10 members of the Grambling State Tigers marching band (Monday, July 23) and USC Trojans marching band (Tuesday, July 24).
* “Senior Thesis” will follow several top senior players through a personal video diary they document exclusively for College Football Live.Sorry for the length of this post, but I think this is all pretty interesting stuff and perhaps the best thing ESPN has put together in awhile. Can someone explain to me why they only spend this much energy and creativity on College Football though?
* “Sound Off” will feature home viewer-generated video on topics ranging from why their favorite team, campus or tailgating scene is the best to what players should win the Heisman Trophy. Fans can log onto ESPN.com for additional details on how to submit a video for the show.
Oh and on those video submissions....someone get Kige Ramsey on the horn!!!
(Source: ESPN Press Release)
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