ESPN Sends College GameDay, College Football Live & SportsCenter to the BCS

As we approach the beginning of the Bowl Championship Series on Monday, ESPN will have three of its signature studio programs covering the five games. College GameDay, College Football Live and SportsCenter will all have a presence leading up to the BCS National Championship Game on January 9.

The usual studio casts including Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, John Saunders, Jesse Palmer, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and many others will be part of ESPN’s coverage of the BCS bowls throughout the week from January 2 through January 9.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik, Oregon coach Chip Kelly and USC coach Lane Kiffin will be among the guest analysts throughout the coverage.

Here’s the ESPN press release.

College GameDay, College Football Live & SportsCenter at the BCS

Joined by Special Guest Analysts Gene Chizik, Chip Kelly, Bret Bielema & Lane Kiffin; GameDay to Originate from All Four Locations

In addition to televising all five of the Bowl Championship Series matchups for the second straight year, ESPN will provide extensive on-site studio reports and analysis across multiple shows and platforms for each of the five bowls. Coverage will be highlighted by four special editions of the popular College GameDay: a two-hour show on January 2 at 10 a.m. ET to preview the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl; one-hour shows on January 3 and January 4 at 7 p.m. to preview the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl, respectively; and a two-hour preview of the BCS National Championship on January 9 at 6 p.m.

In addition to College GameDay, one-hour editions of ESPN’s weekday College Football Live at the BCS (daily from 3 to 4 p.m.) will air from New Orleans, site of the BCS National Championship, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Monday, Jan. 9, the day of the title game (No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio).

Chizik and Kelly Join ESPN as Guest Analysts
Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Oregon coach Chip Kelly – the two participants in last year’s BCS National Championship – will join ESPN as on-site studio analysts from New Orleans leading up to and through the BCS National Championship game. They will provide analysis across College GameDay, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, College Football Live at the BCS, and pre, half-time and post-game coverage.

Special College GameDay from the Rose Bowl
College GameDay will originate from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. beginning at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNU and continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN. Commentators include hosts Chris Fowler and Erin Andrews, and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.

On-set interviews and guest analysts:

  • Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Oregon coach Chip Kelly will appear on set together for a live interview as they prepare to lead their teams in the Rose Bowl (Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio).
  • USC head coach Lane Kiffin will serve as a guest analyst.

Features:

  • Big, Bad Badger Offensive Line: Erin Andrews takes a trip to Madison to visit with the Wisconsin players who make up one of the biggest offensive lines in college football history.
  • Gruden’s Film Room: ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden breaks down film of the quarterbacks leading their teams in the Outback Bowl (January 2 at 1 p.m. on ABC), Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins.
  • Andrew Luck Conversation: Tom Rinaldi will sit down with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as he prepares for his final game with the Cardinal (against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl January 2 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio).
  • Images of the Year: A look at the images that made up the 2011 season.

ESPN daily on-site studio coverage:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Mon, Jan 2 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. College GameDay (Pasadena)
Hosts Chris Fowler and Erin Andrews; analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Todd McShay; and reporter Tom Rinaldi
Special Guests: Bret Bielema (Wisconsin), Chip Kelly (Oregon) and Lane Kiffin (USC)
ESPNU (10 a.m.)
ESPN (11 a.m.)
Beginning at 5 p.m. Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
Pregame: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard & David Pollack
Halftime: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso & Desmond Howard
Postgame: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit & Desmond Howard
ESPN
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale)
Halftime & postgame: John Saunders & Jesse Palmer
ESPN
Tue, Jan 3 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans) Wendi Nix, David Pollack & Todd McShay ESPN
7 p.m. College GameDay (New Orleans)
Host Chris Fowler and analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack
ESPN
Sugar Bowl
Halftime: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Desmond Howard
Postgame: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & David Pollack
ESPN
9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Wendi Nix, David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN
6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard & David Pollack
ESPN
Wed, Jan 4 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (Miami & New Orleans)
Miami: Rece Davis, Mark May & Lou Holtz
New Orleans: John Saunders, Jesse Palmer & Desmond Howard
ESPN
7 p.m. College GameDay (Miami and New Orleans)
Miami: Rece Davis, Mark May & Lou Holtz
New Orleans: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Jesse Palmer
ESPN
Orange Bowl
Halftime & postgame: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
ESPN
9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Wendi Nix, Desmond Howard & Todd McShay
ESPN
6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler & Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN
Thu, Jan 5 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans) John Saunders, Desmond Howard & Todd McShay ESPN
9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Erin Andrews, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Jesse Palmer & David Pollack
ESPN
6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & David Pollack
ESPN
Fri, Jan 6 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans) Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer & Todd McShay ESPN
9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
John Saunders, Desmond Howard, Jesse Palmer, Lou Holtz, Mark May & Todd McShay
ESPN
6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Rece Davis, Lee Corso & Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN
Sat, Jan 7 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Multiple hosts, analysts & guests
ESPN
6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Multiple hosts, analysts & guests
ESPN
Sun, Jan 8 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
ESPN
6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
ESPN
Mon, Jan 9 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans)
Set 1: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & May Mark
Set 2: John Saunders & Todd McShay
ESPN
6 p.m. College GameDay (New Orleans)
Set 1: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Set 2: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
Field reporters: Erin Andrews, Wendi Nix & Tom Rinaldi
Field analysis: David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN
7 p.m. College GameDay (New Orleans)
Set 1: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit & Desmond Howard
Set 2: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Field reporters: Erin Andrews, Wendi Nix & Tom Rinaldi
Field analysis: David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN
Beginning at 8 p.m. BCS National Championship
Pregame: Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Halftime: Chris Fowler, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
ESPN
Conclusion of game Postgame and SportsCenter
Set 1: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Set 2: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
On field: Erin Andrews, Wendi Nix & Tom Rinaldi
ESPN
9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May, Jess Palmer, David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN
6 p.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
ESPN

And that’s going to do it.

Ken Fang

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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