NEW YORK – November 24, 2010 – A Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues as NBC Sports, for the 20th consecutive year, broadcasts the State Farm Bayou Classic between Southern University and Grambling State, Saturday, 2 p.m. ET from the Louisiana Superdome.
Aaron Taylor, who played tackle at Notre Dame and then in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers and former Tulane and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Shaun King each make their NBC Sports debut as analysts for the Bayou Classic. They join Tom Hammond, NBC Sports voice of Notre Dame football, who will call the game. Lewis Johnson will host the broadcast and provide interviews.
The first ever Bayou Classic, won 21-0 by Grambling, was played in New Orleans’ Tulane Stadium in 1974. This is the 37th time they have met and each school has won 18 games, but Grambling has won four of the last six, including last year’s Classic, 31-13.
One of the highlights of NBC’s broadcast is the renowned halftime show, during which the marching bands of both Southern University and Grambling State University put on an exciting display of talent. Weaved throughout the broadcast will be interviews with the head coaches and drum line battles between the bands.
The Bayou Classic on NBC Sports is produced by Rob Hyland and directed by Jeff Simon.
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