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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
A Keith Jackson statue at the Rose Bowl is in the works
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation hopes to raise $400,000 via crowdfunding for a statue in honor of the legendary sports venue "where he coined the moniker 'The Granddaddy of Them All' as the voice of the most Rose Bowl games ever."
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Keith Jackson dies: The voice of college football and Monday Night Football’s first play-by-play man was 89
Jackson called Major League Baseball and NBA games and worked 10 of ABC’s Summer and Winter Olympics broadcasts. He helped kick off Monday Night Football in 1970 as its first play-by-play man during its inaugural season. But Jackson will be remembered as the signature voice of college football with his famous “Whoa, Nellie!” line. “For generations of fans, Keith was college football,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and a memorable presence.” Jackson retired after calling one of college football's most memorable games, the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC. He also called Desmond Howard’s “Goodbye … hello, Heisman" moment in 1991. “Having a hard time finding the right words to express what the icon Keith Jackson meant to me personally, Michigan football and CFB, in general,” tweeted Howard, now of ESPN's College Gameday. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, fresh off calling this week’s college football championship game, added: “Just heard the news that everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away last night. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls.” In 1975, Jackson said of his work: “If you sit down and watch a football game with me and you have absolutely no recollection of my having been at the football game, and you turn off your television set entertained, informed and satisfied with what you’ve seen, then I think that I’ve done a pretty good job because I didn’t get in your way.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Erin Andrews accused of going “Hollywood” while working on ESPN’s College Gameday
Andrews was an ESPN sideline reporter who had just come off of competing on Dancing With the Stars when she joined ESPN’s iconic college football pregame show in 2010. According to College Gameday’s Desmond Howard, Andrews seemed more interested in the goings-on in Hollywood than in college football. “She had the Dancing With the Stars and the whole Hollywood thing going on, whatever,” Howard said on ESPN historian James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. “We are talking football and she’s in there on that website,” PerezHilton.com. Andrews spent two seasons on Gameday before moving to Fox Sports to cover college football and the NFL in 2012. Fox Sports wouldn’t allow her to be interviewed for the podcast.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
President Trump left the College Football National Championship game at halftime
The president was greeted by a mixture of cheers and boos at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium when he walked on the field for the National Anthem. But less than two hours later, Trump was gone. The president's plane landed at Andrews Air Force base before the game was over. As predicted, the game, which went into overtime, lasted past midnight on the East Coast. The president also wasn’t around for Kendrick Lamar’s performance, which took place at a park outside the stadium and was shown inside the venue.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
A Tank McNamara TV comedy is being developed by the ESPN college football commentator who walked away
Ed Cunningham, who made headlines after he quit ESPN over the head-to-head collisions that have become a part of college football is shopping a TV series based on the sports-themed classic comic strip.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
ESPN’s new pitch to advertisers: We reach women!
Advertisers are finding that they can reach female viewers by advertising on college football games.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
President Trump is unlikely to speak to ESPN tonight during the College Football Playoff championship game
"We're still taking to the White House. I don't get the sense he's going to do an interview," ESPN spokesperson Stephanie Druley tells the Associated Press. "We will, obviously, show him at the game when we see where he is sitting."
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
President Trump reschedules “The Fake News Awards” due to high “interest” — and because he’s attending tonight's College Football National Championship game
Trump had previously announced he would present the awards today at 5 p.m. ET, but the following day news broke that he would be attending the Alabama-Georgia championship game in Atlanta, which is scheduled to kick off just three hours later, at 8 p.m. E.T. “The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday,” Trump tweeted. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!” In response, Dr. Saturday, a college football media website, tweeted that “The National Championship Game is so big it bumped the fake news awards.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
New Year’s Day was the second-most watched day in ESPN’s 38-year history
An average of six million tuned in for ESPN’s New Year’s Day bowl games, which included the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The No. 1 most-watched day happened on New Year’s Day 2015.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
Does President Trump understand how long a college football game runs?
The president is planning to attend the Alabama-Georgia college football national championship game in Atlanta on Monday. But will he stay for a game that is likely to last more than four hours and end past midnight?
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
President Trump plans to attend the college football national championship game, which kicks off three hours after his “Dishonest Media Awards”
Trump announced yesterday he would be announcing “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” next Monday at 5 p.m. ET. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution now reports that Trump plans to attend the Alabama-Georgia College Football Playoff National Championship game, which kicks off in Atlanta on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Trump will be hosted by Nick Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence. First Lady Melania Trump is also expected to attend the game at the newly opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Rose Bowl generates big ratings
The Georgia-Oklahoma college football playoff matchup did not, however, match the 2015 Rose Bowl, which set a record for the playoffs.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
The Bachelor meets the college football playoff mascots
The Bachelorette winner Jordan Rodgers, who now analyzes college football for ESPN, welcomed the four college football mascots to The Bachelor mansion. ALSO: Here’s how to pronounce Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s name.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 2:48PM EST
Kendrick Lamar to perform halftime show at the college football national championship — outside the stadium
ESPN will put on a halftime show for the first time for the College Football Playoff title game, but Lamar’s performance on Jan. 8 will not be inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Instead, he’ll perform at Centennial Olympic Park outside the stadium.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Like the NFL, college football has seen its TV ratings decline this season
Only Fox and its sister cable network FS1 saw average viewership go up this season, while CBS, ABC, NBC and ESPN all saw their college football ratings drop.