ESPNU Coaches Spotlight Special Attempts to Interview all 120 FBS Coaches in 12 Hours
In the course of two days and 12 hours, ESPNU will attempt to interview all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision coaches for its ESPNU Coaches Spotlight Special presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo will host a six-hour special Monday, Aug. 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. ET. The show is an expansion of the five-hour ESPNU Coaches Spotlight: College Basketball Special the network did in March 2009, when ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz attempted to interview all 65 head coaches in the NCAA Tournament. Katz successfully interviewed 64 of the 65 coaches. At press time, ESPNU confirmed 110 of the 120 FBS coaches to participate, including Urban Meyer (Florida), Jim Tressel (Ohio State), Charlie Weis (Notre Dame), Mack Brown (Texas) and Frank Beamer (Va. Tech) for Monday’s show and Rich Rodriguez (Michigan), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Pete Carroll (USC) and Gene Chizik (Auburn) on Tuesday.
“We’re going to try to make history,” Galindo said. “We’re going to talk about everything a college football junkie would want to talk about, from the coaches’ expectations for the 2009 season to Colt McCoy’s facial hair.”
Cara Capuano will host discussions with analysts Charles Arbuckle (Monday), Tom Luginbill (Monday and Tuesday) and Jay Walker (Tuesday) from a separate set, offering additional perspectives on each FBS conference.
ESPNU launched on March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network features more than 550 live events annually, including college football, college basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.
ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.
ESPNU will be available nationwide in more than 46 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with nine of the top 10 providers – Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 614), DISH Network (Channel 148), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.