- SEC Nation, SEC Now and The Paul Finebaum Show live from Phoenix
- Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema joins Finebaum Film Room as guest analyst
- Extensive look-back on Alabama’s road to the championship
SEC Network will surround Alabama’s appearance in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Presented by AT&T with four days of coverage from Phoenix, Arizona highlighted with a live SEC Nation, SEC Now and The Paul Finebaum Show. In addition to comprehensive pre- and post-game coverage, a live Finebaum Film Room will air during the No. 2 Crimson Tide vs. No. 1 Clemson Tigers matchup, one of 14 viewing options in ESPN’s Megacast.
Friday through Sunday
Dedicated coverage begins on Friday, with SEC Now’s CFP National Championship Preview show (7 p.m.) featuring both SEC Network’s Charlotte, N.C. studios and the Arizona Camelback Mountain Inn set. It continues with Media Day coverage on Saturday (10 a.m.), coaches press conference on Sunday hosted by Dari Nowkhah (10 a.m.) and an SEC Now: CFP National Championship Special (6 p.m.). Sunday’s SEC Now special is hosted by Joe Tessitore alongside two BCS Champions under Coach Nick Saban – analysts Greg McElroy and Marcus Spears – along with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, also a BCS National Champion.
Kaylee Hartung will join the crew with live reporting and contribution to several features, which include Alabama quarterback Jake Coker’s idol, an examination of Derrick Henry’s “Heisman Stiff Arm” and a special interview between McElroy and his former Alabama coach Nick Saban.
In addition to original features, interviews and analysis, SEC Network highlights the Alabama Crimson Tide’s journey to the Championship all weekend with a look back on the 2015 regular season. Re-airs of key Alabama games such as LSU (video), and the SEC Championship, are scheduled alongside deeper dive commentary on the program from Coach Saban in SEC Film Room (video) and two SEC Inside shows (LSU video, Championship video) .
On Championship Monday, SEC Network is live from Arizona at 3 p.m. with The Paul Finebaum Show outside the University of Phoenix Stadium and ends with an SEC Now post-game show on the sidelines featuring interviews and game analysis from three former National Championship players (McElroy, Spears and Tebow).
During the game, SEC Network offers an alternate view featuring Arkansas head coach and guest analyst Bret Bielema, alongside McElroy, two-time Super Bowl Champion Booger McFarland and Finebaum. Similar to past Finebaum Film Room specials (video), Monday’s show will include calls from passionate fans and guest interviews. The show will also feature tweets from #FinebaumFilmRoom throughout.
SEC Network CFP National Championship Schedule (subject to change):
|Fri, Jan. 8||7 p.m.||SEC Now: CFP National Championship Preview (Charlotte, N.C.)|
|Sat, Jan. 9||10 a.m.||SEC Now: CFP National Championship Media Day|
|12:30 p.m.||SEC Film Room: Alabama (Oct. 28)|
|10:30 p.m.||SEC Now|
|Sun, Jan. 10||10 a.m.||SEC Now: CFP National Championship Coaches Press Conference|
|6 p.m.||SEC Now: CFP National Championship Special|
|10 p.m.||2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
Michigan State vs. Alabama (Dec. 31)*
|Mon, Jan. 11||Midnight||LSU vs. Alabama (Nov. 7)*|
|7 a.m.||SEC Inside: LSU vs. Alabama*|
|7:30 a.m.||SEC Inside: SEC Championship*|
|8 a.m.||2015 SEC Championship: Florida vs. Alabama (Dec. 5)*|
|10 a.m.||2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
Michigan State vs. Alabama (Dec. 31)*
|Noon||SEC Inside: LSU vs. Alabama*|
|12:30 p.m.||SEC Inside: SEC Championship*|
|1 p.m.||SEC Now: CFP National Championship Special*|
|3 p.m.||The Paul Finebaum Show|
|6 p.m.||SEC Nation|
|8 p.m.||Intuit TurboTax College Football Pregame (ESPN simulcast)|
|8:20 p.m.||Nissan Pregame Rush
|8:30 p.m.||Finebaum Film Room: College Football Playoff National Championship|
|Midnight||SEC Now (post game)|
|Tue, Jan. 12||Noon||SEC Now|
|1 p.m.||2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T:
Clemson vs. Alabama*
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