College GameDay, the weekly college football preview show, will go from two to three hours, ESPN announced.
Here’s a rundown of the show, which airs live on site.
• ESPNU to Televise First Hour of Expanded Show
• Erin Andrews Adds College GameDay, Good Morning America to Sideline Reporting Role
• ESPN Radio to Simulcast College GameDay for First Time
• College GameDay on ESPN Radio to Originate from ESPN’s College GameDay Site
• Chris Fowler and John Saunders Add Weekday Hosting Duties
• Play-by-play Commentator Rece Davis, Reporter Jenn Brown Added to Thursday Night Games
ESPN’s two-time Emmy Award winning College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will expand to a three-hour format and now be aired from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., providing an extra hour of college football analysis, news and features every Saturday during the season beginning Sept. 4.
ESPNU will televise the new first hour of the popular show — originating from the site of the day’s best game or the game with the most compelling storyline — from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., GameDay will continue to air on ESPN. The first site of the season is yet to be announced. Each location throughout the year will generally be determined on the preceding Monday.
The three-hour College GameDay will feature show host Chris Fowler with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. Also, Erin Andrews will join the College GameDay lineup, anchoring several segments during the first hour on ESPNU, and contributing reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion of the show.
As part of her role, Andrews will also work as the sideline reporter on the game from which College GameDay originates from, if the game is on an ESPN network (ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.). In addition to her responsibilities across ESPN platforms, Andrews will provide select reports on ABC’s Good Morning America throughout the year.
“Millions of fans can start their college football Saturdays an hour earlier and the ever-expanding ESPNU offers the perfect home for more award-winning College GameDay,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. “As part of the new lineup, we’re thrilled to announce an enhanced role for Erin Andrews that includes GameDay, while some of our most prominent college football personalities will have new and expanded responsibilities.”
College GameDay and College GameDay on ESPN Radio
For the first time, ESPN Radio will simulcast the television version of College GameDay (8 a.m.-11 a.m.). In addition, every remote edition of College GameDay on ESPN Radio – Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — will now originate from the same site as ESPN’s College GameDay. The program – hosted by Ryen Russillo with analysts Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards – is scheduled to travel to eight regular-season games in 2010.
ESPN’s Thursday night series and studio coverage
Rece Davis, who will continue to anchor ESPN’s daylong Saturday studio coverage with analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May, will assume play-by-play responsibilities for ESPN’s popular weekly Thursday night ESPN College Football Primetime game series. He will join returning analysts Craig James and Jesse Palmer. Jenn Brown will join the Thursday team as the sideline reporter.
As part of ESPN’s year-round commitment to college sports and the Bowl Championship Series, Chris Fowler — adding to his extensive duties with ESPN — will host College Football Live and contribute college football content to SportsCenter on Mondays and Tuesdays during the season. John Saunders, who will continue to anchor Saturday pregame, halftime and postgame studio segments on ABC with analyst Jesse Palmer, will also host College Football Live and studio coverage around game telecasts every Thursday and Friday on ESPN and ESPN2.
College Football Live, the weekday college football studio show providing in-depth analysis, news, interviews and more – is aired generally at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN through the conclusion of the BCS National Championship Game.