ESPNU: Never Graduate

Originally Published: March 3, 2005
ESPN.com

Wondering what ESPNU is all about? Well, here are some of the answers. Be sure to take a look at our syllabus.

What: ESPNU, a multi-media college sports initiative including a new 24-hour television network

ESPNUWhen: Launching "03-04-05" - Friday, March 4, 2005, the eve of Championship Week (a week-long series of basketball conference tournament games)

Where: ESPNU is available on DirecTV Channel 609, or you can call your cable operator and tell them you want ESPNU on your system.

Multi-Media Effort: In addition to the TV network, ESPNU content and components will be featured across ESPN's services, such as ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine , ESPN Mobile (wireless), ESPN Radio, ESPN Interactive, ESPN360 (broadband), merchandising and more.

TV Network Programming: Event programming will be the cornerstone, highlighted by approximately 300 live events (regular season and NCAA Championships) in the network's first year. Action will include a variety of top Division I football and men's and women's basketball mixed with baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, wrestling and more. ESPNU will also offer comprehensive studio programming, replays of ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television games, plus specials and more.

Talk college sports in the ESPNU Show
ESPNUESPNU, a multi-media college sports initiative including a new 24-hour television network, kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. ET. To help celebrate, some of the top college athletes from around the country and ESPN analysts will be joining The Show on Friday. Join in at 11:30 a.m. ET or send in questions now! ESPNU Show Here's part of the lineup:
  • Syracuse's Hakim Warrick - 11:30
  • Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez - 12:30
  • Texas' Cat Osterman - 1:30
  • Stanford's John Mayberry Jr. - 3:30
  • Johns Hopkins' Kyle Harrison - 4
  • Duke's Monique Currie - 4:30
  • Vermont's Scott Mifsud - 5:30
  • ESPNU's first week of programming will include approximately 25 additional live basketball conference tournament games (not currently on ESPN or ESPN2).

    ERT: ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, Inc., will handle the primary production responsibilities for the ESPNU television network out of its Charlotte, N.C. headquarters. ERT is the nation's largest syndicator of college sports programming with more than 740 events produced each year, accounting for more than 2,000 live and/or original hours.

    Signature Commentator: Original Dream Job winner Mike Hall will serve as the signature anchor for ESPNU, hosting studio programming from Charlotte , N.C.

    ESPNU VP & General Manager: Burke Magnus

    ESPNU Syllabus
    On Friday (03-04-05), when ESPNU - ESPN's new college sports television network - opens its doors for classes, fans can expect a diverse collection of college sports. The network, the cornerstone of the multi-media ESPNU initiative, will combine extensive coverage of major events such as college football and basketball with marquee Olympic sports, including wrestling, volleyball, baseball, softball, ice hockey and more.

    Highlights of the ESPNU syllabus include:

    March:
    NCAA Women's Basketball Championship
    Championship Week conference tournament games
    NCAA Hockey and Wrestling Championships

    April:
    Inside-out coverage of the NFL draft
    Live spring football
    Baseball, softball, lacrosse

    May:
    Women's College World Series
    Baseball, softball, lacrosse
    NCAA Lacrosse Championship

    June:
    NCAA Baseball Championship
    Women's College World Series
    College World Series re-airs and stunts

    July/August:
    Conference themed programming blocks featuring multiple sports

    September/October:
    College football
    Women's volleyball game-of-the-week
    College football re-airs from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television (ERT)
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football game-of-the-week

    November:
    College football
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football game-of-the-week
    College basketball
    Women's volleyball game-of-the-week

    December:
    Division I-AA, II and III football playoffs
    Bowl game re-airs
    College basketball

    January/February:
    College basketball: Monday - Saturday
    Women's college basketball game-of-the-week
    HBCU college basketball game-of-the-week
    College football signing day