Posted by: marcmwm | July 29, 2008

Couple general college football items . . .

I’ve always kind of admired the relationship between the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference.

The Big Ten is the big brother; and the MAC is little brother who occasionally lands a few blows (ahem, Iowa v. Western Michigan).

I thought the Big Ten v. MAC at NFL venues was an interesting venture (look for another Iowa v. MAC at Soldier Field in the near future, according to Iowa AD Gary Barta).

Monday, the leagues announced that they will combine their instant replay programs this season, with the administration of the program being handled by the Big Ten.

Big Ten coordinator of football officials David Parry will oversee the joint program for the 2008 season with the assistance of Carl Paganelli, coordinator of MAC football officials from 1997-2007.

“We strongly believe that this marks the next natural step in regionalizing another of the important functions of college football officiating, with a goal towards further increased consistency and professionalism,” said MAC commissioner Rick Chryst.  “For several years, the Big Ten and MAC have been collaborating in those areas that make sense; particularly in regard to combined clinics and pre-season training and development.  As the importance of the instant replay function continues to grow, this broader approach should help increase performance from all those involved.”

The Big Ten and the MAC meet 12 times this season, including Western Michigan v. Illinois at Detroit on Nov. 8.


And for those of you, like me, who are addicted to college football in the HD format, this just in from ESPN . . . (note the Nicholls State at Northern Iowa game Oct. 2; also Morehouse College travels to Tuskegee on Oct. 11. I feel good about our chances this year.)


ESPNU Goes HD in Time for College Football Season on Aug. 28; More Than 70 Exclusive Games on Tap

Many Top Programs to Make Appearances

ESPNU will kick off its fourth season of presenting live college football games with the launch of its new high definition network, ESPNU HD, on Thursday, Aug. 28. The first ESPNU event to be televised in high definition will feature a college football matchup between the SEC’s Vanderbilt and the MAC’s Miami (Ohio) in prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET. The network will showcase more than 70 live college football games, with all of its Thursday and Saturday telecasts (LIVE only) available in HD.

In its first year, ESPNU HD is projected to air more than 200 HD events, including exclusive coverage of college football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, hockey and more. This will be the fourth HD service ESPN has launched amongst its family of networks.

On Monday, Aug. 11, the 24-hour college sports network will begin its college football studio coverage of the sport with seven preview shows featuring all six BCS conferences: BIG EAST (Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.), Big 12 (Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m.), SEC (Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m.), Pac-10 (Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.), Big Ten (Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.), and the ACC (Aug. 16 at 9 p.m.), plus a one-hour show (Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.) highlighting all the other Division I schools and conferences. ESPNU anchors Lowell Galindo and Mike Gleason will alternate hosting the one-hour shows and will be joined by returning college football analysts Mike Gottfried and Tom Luginbill, as well as newcomers and former college (Nebraska) and NFL teammates (Carolina Panthers) Mike Minter and Mike Rucker.

ESPNU’s college football schedule will include appearances from Boston College, Connecticut, Florida State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia and more. In 2007, the network aired 65 exclusive college football games featuring 11 top 25 ranked teams.

The network will average four live games weekly, featuring a selection of teams from top Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences – the ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, MAC, along with games involving Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) programs from the Ivy League, MEAC, Ohio Valley, Southern and SWAC. For additional coverage, fans can visit, the online college sports hub, for exclusive online video and audio content, as well as up-to-date news and information.

ESPNU will continue its prime-time Thursday matchups. Thursdays will be mainly dedicated to HBCU (Historically Black College/University) games from the MEAC or SWAC, starting with the MEAC’s Florida A&M at Delaware State on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

“This will be a special college football season at ESPNU as we enter a new frontier in high definition,” said Rosalyn Durant, vice president and general manager, ESPNU. “This year’s high-quality college football schedule will be augmented by the robust content offered on our studio shows and in-depth coverage on”

ESPNU’s studio coverage will include three weekly shows dedicated to college football and recruiting throughout the season, supplemented by the weekly highlights show, SportsCenterU. On Mondays beginning Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., ESPNU Inside The Polls will return, pairing second-year anchor Galindo with analysts Luginbill and Gottfried, who will give viewers the first in-depth look and breakdown of teams ranked in the college football polls. ESPNU Coaches Spotlight will air on Tuesdays starting Sept. 9 from 1–5 p.m., showcasing live coverage of college football news conferences from around the country. Rounding out the week will be ESPNU Recruiting Insider, a 30-minute show evaluating the top high school football recruits and their classes based on research and analysis provided by ESPN’s Scouts, Inc. The show will air primarily on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., but will first air Friday, Aug. 29, with Galindo hosting alongside ESPN Scouts, Inc. recruiting analyst Luginbill, regularly followed by a high school football game at 8 p.m.

ESPNU’s commentator roster will complement the network’s diverse schedule of games. Saturday’s coverage will begin at noon with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) teaming up with analyst and former college football coach Larry Coker, while Doug Bell (play-by-play) will pair with analyst and former UCLA and NFL tight end Charles Arbuckle during the 3:30 p.m. telecast. At 7 p.m., Clay Matvick will serve as play-by play announcer, with analyst and former San Jose State and NFL offensive guard David Diaz-Infante. The final game will pair Dwayne Ballen (play-by-play) and former Alabama State and NFL linebacker Eddie Robinson Jr. (analyst) at 10:30 p.m. (tape-delay), which will generally feature a MEAC or SWAC matchup.

Thursday nights will feature a combination of Charlie Neal (play-by-play) and former Howard University and NFL quarterback Jay Walker (analyst) calling HBCU matchups. ESPNU will continue to integrate students both on air and behind the scenes during the college football season as it looks to expand its student-generated content initiative, ESPNU Campus Connection, which launched in August 2007.

2008 ESPNU/ESPNU HD College Football Schedule

(More games to be announced on a later date)



Time (ET)


Thu., Aug. 28

7:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Miami (Ohio)

Sat., Aug. 30

12 p.m.

Bowling Green at Pittsburgh

3:45 p.m.

Delaware at Maryland

7:30 p.m.

Boston College at Kent State

10:30 p.m.

*Prairie View at Texas Southern

Thu., Sept. 4

7:30 p.m.

Florida A&M at Delaware State

Sat., Sept. 6

12 p.m.

Connecticut at Temple

3:45 p.m.

Richmond at Virginia

7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Bowling Green

Sun., Sept. 7

2 p.m.

Morehouse at Fort Valley State (Division II)

Thu., Sept. 11

7:30 p.m.

Tennessee Tech at Southeast Missouri State

Sat., Sept. 13

12 p.m.

Navy at Duke


3:45 p.m.

Chattanooga at Florida State

7:30 p.m.

Virginia at Connecticut

10:30 p.m.

*North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State

Thu., Sept. 18

7:30 p.m.

Arkansas Pine Bluff at Alcorn State

Sat., Sept. 20

10:30 p.m.

* Tuskegee at Stillman (Division II)

Thu., Sept. 25

8 p.m.

Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State

Thu., Oct. 2

7:30 p.m.

Nicholls State at Northern Iowa

Thu., Oct. 9

7:30 p.m.

Winston-Salem at Florida A&M

Sat., Oct. 11

10:30 p.m.

*Morehouse at Tuskegee (Division II)

Sat., Oct. 18

10:30 p.m.

*Florida A&M at Southern

Thu., Oct. 23

7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville State at Tennessee-Martin

Sat., Oct. 25

10:30 p.m.

*Alabama A&M at Alabama State

Tue., Oct. 28

7 p.m.

Buffalo at Ohio

Sat., Nov. 1

10:30 p.m.

*South Carolina State at Delaware State

Thu., Nov. 6

7:30 p.m.

Howard at South Carolina State

Fri., Nov. 7

7 p.m.

Pennsylvania at Princeton

Sat., Nov. 8

10:30 p.m.

*Bethune-Cookman at Hampton

Thu., Nov. 13

7 p.m.

Buffalo at Akron

Sat., Nov. 15

10:30 p.m.

Delaware State at Norfolk State

Thu., Nov. 20

9 p.m.

Grambling at Texas Southern

Sat., Nov. 22

10:30 p.m.

*Alcorn State at Jackson State

Schedule subject to change
* Same-day delay



  1. Marc:

    Any news on TV possibilities for Pittsburgh game on Sept. 20?

  2. Nope, not yet, Mike.

    I think that’s going to be one of those 10-day deals. They can cut it that close sometimes.

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