COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
Wall-to-Wall Content Spread Across Television and Digital Properties Featuring Recruiting Expert Tom Lemming
Rick Neuheisel and Ron Zook In Studio to Offer Insight and Analysis
JAN. 25, 2012: CBS SPORTS NETWORK, CBSSPORTS.COM, MAXPREPS.COM and the CBSSPORTS.COM COLLEGE NETWORK are providing fans the most extensive multi-media coverage of college football’s annual National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1 with in-depth content across all platforms. Both CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com will offer eight hours of live programming. CBS Sports Network’s coverage features recruiting expert Tom Lemming and guest analysts, former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and former Illinois coach Ron Zook, while CBSSports.com’s coverage is highlighted by college football insider Bruce Feldman and recruiting expert Bryan Fischer. In addition, CBS Sports Network’s coverage includes the 2012 International Bowl, which features the United States Under-19 national team against the IFAF (International Federation of American Football) World Team.
CBS SPORTS NATIONAL SIGNING DAY presented by American Family Insurance kicks-off on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (6:30 PM, ET) with a special edition of LEMMING REPORT, the weekly high school football recruiting show. Recognized as the country’s leading expert on college football recruiting and high school talent, Lemming logs approximately 55,000 miles each year visiting the top recruits in the country. He is also a regular contributor to CBSSports.com and MaxPreps.com.
Coverage continues on Wednesday with a five-hour program (1:00 PM-6:00 PM, ET), anchored by Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim, who are joined in studio by Lemming, Neuheisel, Zook, MaxPreps.com National Football Editor Steve Spiewak. Aaron Taylor reports from the University of Arizona where he will have a behind-the-scenes look at signing day with Wildcats’ new head coach Rich Rodriguez. Brian Jones reports from the International Bowl in Austin, Texas, where he will interview many of the nation’s elite prep players.
The show also features interviews with college coaches including Al Golden (Miami), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Greg Schiano (Rutgers), Mack Brown (Texas), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Brady Hoke (Michigan), Jim Mora Jr. (UCLA), Chris Petersen (Boise State) and Larry Fedora (North Carolina), as well as comprehensive video footage and in-depth analysis of elite recruits and recruiting classes, live cut-ins to player commitment press conferences, conference breakdowns and a special look at the top high school juniors. Live coverage of the International Bowl follows at 6:00 PM, ET. Studio coverage of National Signing Day returns at 12:30 AM, ET to wrap up the day with news and analysis.
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The centerpiece of signing day coverage on CBSSports.com is “Signing Day Central,” eight straight hours (9 AM-5 PM, ET) of live news and in-depth analysis on the latest commitments, class rankings, and the day’s winners and losers. Hosted by Feldman and Fischer, Signing Day Central will feature interviews with coaches, players and a number of CBS Sports experts while also allowing viewers to interact directly with the show and ask questions about their favorite school or player. The first half of Signing Day Central will focus on commitments from the CBS Sports Top 100 list while the second half will turn to analysis of how the recent signings will affect Lemming’s Top 25 classes and which kids could make an impact during their freshman year.
CBSSports.com will also rank the top college recruiting classes, provide a state-by-state breakdown of all signed players, track major players who remain unsigned and provide a match-up tool allowing users to do a head-to-head comparison of any of the 2,500 players in the MaxPreps.com database. CBSSports.com also features a comprehensive player commitment database with a dedicated page to every Division I recruit as well as a page listing the signings for each of the 120 FBS programs.
In addition, the over 160 official athletic school sites produced by the CBSSports.com College Network, will offer live streaming press conferences and exclusive on-demand video content, with various in-depth features and individual recruit highlight packages when available. The CBSSports.com College Network produces the official athletic site for 50 of the 66 (76%) BCS eligible schools from the big six conferences, and finished the 2011 college football season in a dominant position with 18 schools in the AP Top 25, including the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide (rolltide.com).
The CBSSports.com College Network includes top programs such as Michigan (MGoBlue.com), Florida State (seminoles.com), Notre Dame (und.com), Oklahoma (soonersports.com), North Carolina (tarheelblue.com), Ohio State (ohiostatebuckeyes.com), Southern California (usctrojans.com), and Wisconsin (UWBadgers.com). The National Signing Day online content can be accessed through each individual school’s All-Access broadband product.
* Tom Lemming, Stephen Spiewak, Bryan Fischer, and Bruce Feldman are available for recruiting interviews. If interested, please contact Dan Sabreen, Alex Riethmiller or Mariel Brady.
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