Posted by: marcmwm | May 7, 2009

ESPN’s College Football Live loves it some Notre Dame (EDIT: Millen signs with ESPN)

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis looks over some notes at halftime of the Blue-Gold football game Saturday, April 18, 2009 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis looks over some notes at halftime of the Blue-Gold football game Saturday, April 18, 2009 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

All red-blooded college football fans watch ESPN’s College Football Live. And I know that most of us are ecstatic that it’s on year round now.

I’m sure all Iowa fans enjoyed Shaun King’s analysis of the Big Ten yesterday. The former Tulane and NFL QB picked Ohio State but called the Iowa Hawkeyes his darkhorse for the Big Ten title. He’s really high on QB Rick Stanzi. He knew who Jeff Brinson was. His analysis was one of the better researched offered by the garden variety analysts ESPN trots through the show. Joe Schad was good yesterday, too. I like what he brings to the show.

This all said, a large percentage of you are going to hate next week’s lineup. When I say hate, I mean HATE.

Get ready for a weeklong conversation about . . . Notre Dame.

Fonzi, get the leathers on and line up that shark.

This from ESPN:

College Football Live: Weeklong Discussion on Notre Dame

Next week’s College Football Live — a weekday afternoon studio show dedicated to college football aired generally at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN — will feature daily analysis, news, interviews and a special weeklong focus on Notre Dame from May 11-15, including interviews with head coach Charlie Weis and quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

 John Saunders (Monday and Tuesday), Kevin Negandhi (Wednesday) and Jonathan Coachman (Thursday and Friday) will host next week’s programs. Analyst Ed Cunningham will work Monday through Wednesday, while Rod Gilmore will provide analysis on Thursday and Friday. Joe Schad will serve as the reporter each day.

 The schedule of Notre Dame-specific topics and guests for May 11-15:

 Monday, May 11

• A discussion on what Notre Dame needs to do to return to prominence and a BCS bowl; George Smith’s conversation with Weis and guard Eric Olsen as guest

 Tuesday, May 12

• A breakdown of the offense, an in-depth look at the depth chart and players to watch this season; with assistant coach Corwin Brown as guest

 Wednesday, May 13

• A breakdown of the defense, an in-depth look at the depth chart and players to watch this season; with safety Kyle McCarthy as guest

 Thursday, May 14

• A discussion on impact players who must step up to get Notre Dame back to a BCS bowl; with linebacker Brian Smith as guest

 Friday, May 15

• What to expect this season, and a game-by-game breakdown of the schedule with a season-record prediction; with Jimmy Clausen as guest

_____________

I don’t have any strong feelings for ND. As a high schooler, one of my teammates had a brother who played defensive back for the Fighting Irish. Some of you might remember Ted Burgmeier. My dad and I followed them for a bit, but we were a Green Bay Packers household through and through (got any Favre stuff for the big bonfire?).

So, there you go. You can choose to turn off your DVRs for the week. Or you can gut it out. Personally, I’m tuning in. I haven’t followed the Irish enough to have a decent opinion. This is study time for me. For you, is it a time to tune out, dry heave or hum the fight song?

______________

He can’t GM a football team, but Matt Millen was pretty good in the studio. He could end up doing an Iowa game next fall for ESPN.

If you ask Lions fans, he’s back where he belongs:

Matt Millen Joins ESPN as Football Analyst

Will Contribute Analysis to NFL Studio Shows and Call College Football Games

 Former NFL player, executive and broadcaster Matt Millen is joining ESPN as an NFL and college football analyst. As part of his multi-faceted role, Millen will serve as a college football game analyst during both the regular season and bowls, and he will contribute to ESPN’s NFL studio coverage throughout the year, appearing on Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and other programs. Millen will also offer analysis on ESPN Radio and other platforms. He is scheduled to start in August.

 As part of Millen’s NFL studio responsibilities, he will travel to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game, where he will appear alongside Stuart Scott and analyst Steve Young on Monday Night Countdown and the pre- and post-game editions of SportsCenter. Millen’s involvement in college football will be even more significant in the years ahead when the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) moves to ESPN as part of its new agreement, beginning in 2010. His specific commentator assignment for the 2009 college season will be determined this summer.

 “Matt will play a major role in our NFL and college football coverage and fans will enjoy hearing the strong, candid opinions which have made him one of the absolute best analysts in the business,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. “His addition gives us our deepest roster of NFL experts ever with the four-time Super Bowl champion joining an ESPN lineup that already features Chris Berman and standouts at every position, and with Kirk Herbstreit, Todd Blackledge and Millen you couldn’t ask for a better group of college football analysts.”

Millen added: “I am very excited about this opportunity and I look forward to working with ESPN and the great group of analysts, commentators and production staff who will be my new teammates.”

Millen was a member of four Super Bowl championship teams during his 12-year NFL career as a linebacker with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1980-88), San Francisco 49ers (1989-90) and Washington Redskins (1991). A Pro Bowl selection in 1988, Millen finished his career with 11 sacks, nine interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. A second-round pick (No. 43 overall) in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Raiders, Millen was an All-American defensive tackle in college at Penn State.

Following his playing career, Millen entered the broadcast ranks in 1992 working on NFL games for CBS and later Fox Sports, where he earned much acclaim for his analyst work on Fox’s No. 2 broadcast team. Millen also provided analysis for Monday Night Football games on the Westwood One radio network.

In 2001, Millen left broadcasting to assume the role of team president for the Detroit Lions, where he worked for eight years. Millen returned to television earlier this year as a guest analyst on NBC’s pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLIII and during the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.

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Responses

  1. I wish we could play them and ram it down their throats. Truly overrated program at this time.

    And Fat Charlie is extrememly overrated as a HC, but not an FC.

  2. E, you’re in the belly of the beast in Indy, right? Does ND own Indy, too?

  3. No, this is an IU state first and foremost. SB is two hours north and they get the same coverage as Purdue.

    PU fans think the Indy Star slights them and you really don’t hear ALOT about ND, not as much as you would think for being in this mullet ridden state of missing teeth.

  4. Forgive my density but exactly how does being a Green Bay household preclude you from following the Irish?

  5. Saturdays were for playing. Sundays were for watching.

    When I was a kid, I often watched the Wisconsin replays on the Wisconsin PBS. We did go to a few Iowa games at Kinnick, but we were big Packers fans. The only football we were really passionate about.

  6. E, you’re not running for mayor this year?

  7. One of my favorite games ever was the Tennessee comeback over Notre Dame in 1991. I watched it in an Iowa City apartment and you could hear a lot of noise after the game. People came out onto their decks to cheer and set off fireworks.

    The key is that under Parseghian and Devine a walk-on who could be played in a movie by an actor small enough to be a hobbit really had to have heart and dream of suiting up. Now they probably will play. Seriously, being the premier Catholic school isn’t as much of a selling point as it once was and with the reduction in scholarships, they can’t stack players like they did. Showing every loss on tv can’t help either.

  8. ND must be money with ratings. Otherwise, NBC wouldn’t be putting up the money.

  9. Wow, what a schedule:
    Monday, May 11
    • A discussion on what Notre Dame needs to do to return to prominence and a BCS bowl; George Smith’s conversation with Weis and guard Eric Olsen as guest

    Tuesday, May 12
    • A breakdown of the offense, an in-depth look at the depth chart and players to watch this season; with assistant coach Corwin Brown as guest

    Wednesday, May 13
    • A breakdown of the defense, an in-depth look at the depth chart and players to watch this season; with safety Kyle McCarthy as guest

    Thursday, May 14
    • A discussion on impact players who must step up to get Notre Dame back to a BCS bowl; with linebacker Brian Smith as guest

    Friday, May 15
    • What to expect this season, and a game-by-game breakdown of the schedule with a season-record prediction; with Jimmy Clausen as guest

    Everything but a televised mass.

  10. LOL!

    Don’t give them any ideas!!

  11. Ugh…I sort of wish we could get some real behind the scenes stuff. Like when Chuck bonds with the team in a offense vs. defense vs. Charlie wing eating contest. Or 30 minutes on J-Claw’s hair gel selection. Or the passing of the metrosexual mantle from Smardzjia to Clausen.

    That would be solid television.

  12. I’ve got $20 on Charlie, Jake.

  13. Seriously, How does the NCAA allow this to keep going? They have an exclusive national broadcast contract already. I mean, shouldn’t the NCAA have some sort of thought in keeping the schools on an equal playing field. Keep in mind 75% of the schools are state funded, i.e. with our tax dollars

  14. Here’s an article (pay) about why NBC is still happy with low ratings for ND football:

    http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071020/SPORTS13/71019076/1001/Sports

    Excerpt is here:

    http://awfulannouncing.blogspot.com/2007/10/notre-dame-football-ratings-on-nbc-are.html

    The team playing them is the second-favorite team of a many people.

  15. And it’s not like NBC has a lot of other options for Saturday afternoons in the fall.

  16. Sticking with something that’s not working. What did Einstein say about that?

  17. […] College Football Live is going to have a whole week for Notre Dame? That’s nice, but we here at the Big Ten Network would like to remind you that we have our own […]

  18. I have a full set of teeth, too many to run for any position in Indiana.

    And I like Matt Millen, bad GM, good talking head.

  19. I do love me some B10 Network.

  20. Marc, any chance you can get us series on recruiting since there’s a lull here between camps.

    Maybe address their needs and their prospects or something.

  21. I’m planning a scholarship breakdown broken down by position. That should show us a lot on where the schollies are needed.

    Off the top of my head, I think the 2010 class will be heavy defense.

  22. I’d agree. I’d like to see them land a stud O lineman too. I have a feeling Bulaga might be done after this year, scouts love him. He’s just a true junior though, so we’ll see. Sounds like Spievey has his eyes on the NFL from what I’ve heard as well. Too early to say I suppose.

  23. In a lot of cases it comes down to who else is coming out for the draft. In that regard, it is too early to tell.

    I saw the Kiper stuff a week or so ago. In this case, I think Iowa players can really take advantage of Ferentz’s knowledge and contacts with the NFL.

    Iowa players will always get a clean read of what the NFL thinks of them.

  24. Loved Millen as an announcer. Thought he was the best before he took that GM job. He was like Madden with a brain.

  25. ESPN Loves ND?

    In other news, Rain is Wet. Details @ 10.

  26. So, I win “Captain Obvious” today?

    Again!! 🙂

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  29. Is Notre Dame playing in Ireland next year. I’d like some information if possible? Thanks


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