posted by Mike Humes on November 28, 2013 8:00 AM
Ole Miss and Mississippi State’s rivalry game returns to a Thanksgiving Day slot on ESPN. (Matthew Sharpe/WireImage)
Millions of people enjoy a smorgasbord of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and dozens of other traditional food options on Thanksgiving every year. For the first time in a decade, they can add some Egg Bowl to the menu with the return of the Ole Miss and Mississippi State showdown to ESPN’s Thursday night college football lineup (7:30 ET). continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on November 11, 2013 2:00 PM
ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Jimmy Dykes (Left photo: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images – Right photo: Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN college basketball analysts Jimmy Dykes and Fran Fraschilla will have to use the lessons they’ve learned from their play-by-play partners in this season’s first for each. The two, who have never worked a game together, will take on the roles of play-by-play and analyst for South Carolina at Baylor (tomorrow, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN) as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
For Fraschilla and Dykes, who pride themselves on being prepared and knowledgeable, the assignment has added a layer to their pre-game routines: balancing the role of play-by-play between them to give fans a great viewing experience. Front Row had the duo interview each other to get a feel for how this unique assignment might shake out.
Dykes on first time meeting Fraschilla:
I met Fran in 1999 during his first year as head coach at New Mexico. I most vividly remember two things about those days. Fran used as much or more energy in practice than his players. As a player, you have to be embarrassed if your coach works harder than you and I’m pretty sure that happened on several occasions.
Secondly, it was a family affair on game nights. His two young sons dressed up as the small Lobo mascots and ran around the court as part of the cheer squad. Meanwhile, his wife always sat behind the visitor’s basket in the second half. She was as good as I’ve ever seen distracting the opposing team’s free throw shooters with all kinds of signs, spinning tops and anything else that would help the cause from that rowdy end zone section. That family did game nights like none I’ve ever seen.
Fraschilla on first time meeting Dykes:
I can’t remember exactly the first time I met Jimmy, but we became very well-acquainted when he and Bob Carpenter did a million Mountain West Conference games when I was coaching at New Mexico. In fact, one year, he did five straight Lobo games (three in the conference tournament and two in the NIT) and I thought he was going to move in with my family. Even then I admired his preparation for games and his passion for basketball.
Dykes: What have you learned from working with Brent Musburger on Big Monday? continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on September 13, 2013 11:27 AM
(L-R) Kirk Herbstreit, Marshall Mathers (aka Eminem) and Brent Musburger in the ESPN booth.
It was viral (2.5 million views). It was trending. And it was memorable.
“It” was last Saturday’s halftime interview of Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers) by Saturday Night Football announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit during ESPN’s Notre Dame-Michigan telecast.
Eminem stopped by the booth to introduce a premiere sneak peek of the official video for “Berzerk” – the first single from his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, set to be released on Nov. 5. ESPN also announced last week that “Berzerk” will be the featured song on the 2013 season of Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows on ABC beginning with tomorrow’s match-up of No. 21 Notre Dame at in-state rival Purdue (8 p.m. ET).
Musburger spoke with Front Row about the interview, his wife’s thoughts on it, autographs and more.
What are your thoughts on the interview? continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on July 30, 2013 8:00 AM
The 2013 college football season on ESPN kicks off at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
The 2013 college football season – ESPN’s 30th of live game telecasts – will kick off Thursday, Aug. 29 and showcase 10 games across multiple platforms beginning at 6 p.m. ET with North Carolina at South Carolina on ESPN. That much anticipated day is 30 days from today. And what would be a better way to gear up and add to the anticipation of the season than a countdown of facts, videos, stories, audio clips, quotes and more – every day via Twitter – until toe meets leather?
ESPN’s four-person college sports PR team will take to Twitter with a daily tweet about ESPN’s college football coverage from today through the season’s start. Releases, talent predictions, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, show info, schedule updates, team-by-team historical and scheduling facts and figures will all be included. continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on June 7, 2013 4:00 PM
ESPN college baseball sideline reporters Kaylee Hartung (L) and Jessica Mendoza (ESPN)
ESPN reporters Kaylee Hartung and Jessica Mendoza will pull double-duty on the network’s NCAA Division Baseball Championship coverage. Each will work on the sidelines of a Super Regionals site this weekend before sharing the reporter role on College World Series telecasts (June 15-26).
Front Row asked Hartung — a Longhorn Network reporter — and Mendoza — who also works as an ESPN college softball analyst — about job challenges, a dream interview, playing sports and more.
What are some challenges you face as a sideline reporter? continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on May 23, 2013 2:30 PM
ESPN Stats & Information’s Jeremy Mills. (Courtesy of Jeremy Mills)
Perfection is imperative for ESPN researchers responsible for supplying facts and nuggets for use on air or in print. Jeremy Mills from ESPN Stats & Information is seeking perfection in another, more forgiving area: college baseball Bracketology. This is the fifth year he has projected the field of 64 teams in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Mills’ most recent Bracketology is available on ESPN.com. His final projection of the season will be available Sunday before the official brackets are released Monday at noon ET on ESPNU. He spoke with Front Row about how it all started, the projecting process, fellow bracket generator, Joe Lunardi, and more. continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on April 29, 2013 4:45 PM
Opening ceremony of the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
(Phil Ellsworth /ESPN)
ESPN continues to expand on its commitment to college baseball, increasing its regular-season schedule to a record 272 games and covering all 16 Regionals sites of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the first time this spring. The potential 112 first-round matchups from May 31 to June 3 is an increase over the six sites in 2012, four in 2011 and two the previous six years ESPN offered.
ESPN also will launch the Bases Loaded platform — similar to ESPN Goal Line and Buzzer Beater for college football and basketball — to provide unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games and up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN experts over the four days (Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 2 p.m. ET to midnight; Sunday, June 2, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Monday, June 3, from 6 p.m. to midnight). continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on April 3, 2013 1:33 PM
A few days after suffering a gruesome season-ending leg injury in the NCAA Midwest Regional, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware gave ESPN’s Rece Davis his first on-camera interview Wednesday.
ESPN’s Rece Davis
(James Dockery/ESPN Images)
Ware, who is expected to be out at least a year but has been cleared to attend the Final Four in Atlanta this weekend, granted College GameDay host Davis the interview in Louisville.
Afterward, Davis gave Front Row some insight on the interview. continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on March 20, 2013 3:29 PM
ESPN’s Andy Katz with President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Who says you never get a second chance to make a first impression? A year ago, ESPN features unit manager Denny Wolfe was scheduled to be a producer for President Barack Obama’s now-annual bracket completion exercise with ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz. But a 2012 Selection Sunday hockey game left Wolfe with a concussion and strict orders from his wife and his coordinating producer not to travel. continue reading…
posted by Mike Humes on March 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Greg Shaheen was a familiar face on ESPN this past weekend.
Former NCAA Senior Vice President Greg Shaheen, who was the organizer of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for 12 years, spent this past weekend in Bristol, Conn. serving as a “selection committee expert.”
Shaheen’s unique perspective was widely praised across social media, as these Tweets confirm: continue reading…