posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 18, 2013 2:19 PM
In 2009 when he was coaching at Virginia Tech, current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg (black shirt) surprised a Midnight Madness crowd by performing in an inflatable “Hokie Bird” suit. (Photo courtesy VT Athletics)
Tonight beginning at 9 ET, ESPNU will air four hours of Midnight Madness events from nine schools around the country. Front Row caught up with several of ESPN’s college basketball analysts who were coaches at Division I schools for their perspectives on Midnight Madness.
Bruce Pearl, former head coach at Tennessee, UW-Milwaukee:
Midnight Madness was a celebration on our campus – with our student body and fans – that college basketball was back. I will never forget putting on the sumo wrestling outfit [at Tennessee] and body slamming a worthy opponent from the student body. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 18, 2013 8:00 AM
Florida State running back Devonta Freeman demonstrates the “pencil roll” for ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards
The hype has been building all week for Saturday’s ACC showdown between No. 5 Florida State and No. 3 Clemson (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). Some are calling it the biggest football game in league history. Others believe the winner has an inside track to the BCS title game.
But when the dust settles late Saturday night, it could very well be a growing viral video and song (and GIF) spurred by an impromptu, live request from ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards that is most remembered from the clash of undefeateds.
“When I saw the video and song I was laughing so hard I doubled over,” said Edwards, who will be the sideline reporter for Saturday’s Oregon State at California game (ESPN2, 10;30 p.m.). “I mean, who wrote it, who sang it, where did it come from?? I have no idea. But they’re clever, and they work fast. That thing wasn’t even 24 hours old.” continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 16, 2013 4:57 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Today, all 15 ACC head men’s basketball coaches, mascots and two key players from each team descended upon the ESPNU studios for the ESPNU Basketball Media Days Special. Over the next four days, ESPNU will cover six conferences’ basketball media days including ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Enjoy 12 snapshots from the day.
1. And then there were 15 . . .
This is the fourth year that the ACC head coaches have previewed the season with a visit to ESPNU for the network’s media day coverage. Last year, all 12 coaches were on hand, and this year, three coaches made the trip for the first time.
(Travis Bell/ESPN Images)
2. Roll out the Red Carpet continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on September 25, 2013 8:00 AM
Maria Taylor (7) was a volleyball player for the University of Georgia. (University of Georgia Athletics)
Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Maria Taylor believes she has a built-in advantage as a college football sideline reporter: “I can see over some of those lineman when they are in the huddle and confirm exactly what is going on.”
That’s something play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore and analyst Matt Millen have come to rely on from Taylor this and every fall Saturday for their games on ESPN (No. 5 Stanford at Washington State, 10 p.m. ET).
Maria Taylor (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Her height often has aided her sports career. Before joining ESPN, Taylor got her first television exposure as a volleyball player at Georgia (2005-08).
Tonight, when ESPNU serves up in-state rivals NC State at No. 15 UNC as part of the network’s Wednesday Night Women’s Volleyball series, Taylor will once again be courtside calling one of 10 matches on her ESPN schedule this season. Front Row sat down with Taylor to talk about NCAA volleyball and her atypical work week covering two sports.
ESPN continues to expand its college volleyball package. Why do you think the sport makes compelling television? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on August 22, 2013 4:19 PM
College Football kicks off one week from today, but the pigskin starts flying for future college all-stars tomorrow. High school football begins this weekend with the ESPN High School Kickoff and the glow of Friday night lights from nine states across the country. Seventeen teams are playing in the series for the first time and six of the featured teams are nationally ranked in the Top 25.
For college fans, it’s a chance to see the raw talent coaches have been scouting from the ESPN 300 and an opportunity to highlight the nation’s passion for the start of the football season. Some of the biggest names in college football in the last 10 years first played on ESPN in high school games – Jadeveon Clowney, Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley to name three. Notable college head coaches, such as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, have appeared, too. continue reading…
posted by Carrie Kreiswirth on August 8, 2013 8:00 AM
The 2013 College Football Confidential Poll in the new ESPN The Magazine. (ESPN)
Note: To see the image above as a PDF, click here.
ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 College Football Preview issue hits newsstands Friday. The issue boasts profiles — also published on ESPN.com — of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and possible Heisman successor Jadeveon Clowney.
It also features The Mag’s annual player poll, “College Football Confidential”. Staff members Morty Ain, Ben Arledge, Carl Carchia, Hallie Grossman and Anna Katherine Clemmons interviewed 92 college football players about a broad array of subjects: playing with gay teammates, coping with concussions — even dating the coach’s daughter. Senior Editor Ryan Hockensmith takes Front Row inside the process.
Johnny Manziel adorns the cover of The CFB Preview Issue
Who is involved in developing the questions? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on July 3, 2013 10:34 AM
Orlando Johnson, now with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, played for Team USA Basketball in the 2011 World University Games. (Credit: FISU: International Federation of University Sport)
This week, ESPNU and ESPN3 will bring daily coverage of the World University Games to a United States audience. Combined, the networks will carry 115 hours of the international competition from Kazan, Russia beginning Saturday. Front Row sat down with Todd Myers, Director of Programming & Acquisitions, to discuss what it means for sports fans: continue reading…
posted by David Scott on June 3, 2013 9:01 AM
Our weekly look back at the what social media was saying about ESPN over the weekend. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on May 16, 2013 8:00 AM
ESPN’s Andy Katz (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s Andy Katz is the Swiss Army knife of reporters. He contributes daily to ESPN.com, has his own college basketball show on ESPNU and co-hosts a podcast with analyst Seth Greenberg that also airs on ESPN Radio. Katz is hardly one to let his skill-set sit around collecting rust, so while college basketball takes a seat on the bench, he continues reporting from the NBA Draft beat.
ESPNU’s coverage of the NBA Draft Combine begins today at 10 a.m. ET. The exclusive live telecast will include interviews as well as an inside look at how the expected top draft picks fair in several skills challenges. Front Row sat down with the newly re-signed Katz to discuss this year’s Combine:
How have you seen the Combine grow? continue reading…