College GameDay adds third hour
ESPN's "College GameDay" is expanding to three hours for the coming season, providing an extra hour of college football analysis, news and features every Saturday during the season, beginning Sept. 4.
ESPNU will televise the new first hour of the show, originating from the site of the day's best game or the game with the most compelling storyline, beginning at 9 a.m. ET. From 10 a.m. to noon, GameDay will continue to air on ESPN.
Erin Andrews will join the "College GameDay" lineup, anchoring several segments during the first hour on ESPNU and contributing reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion of the show. The three-hour show, entering its 24th season, will continue to feature host Chris Fowler with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
As part of her role, Andrews will also work as the sideline reporter of the game from which "College GameDay" originates, if the game is on an ESPN network. She will also provide reports on ABC's "Good Morning America" throughout the year.
"Millions of fans can start their college football Saturdays an hour earlier and the ever-expanding ESPNU offers the perfect home for more award-winning College GameDay," said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president for production. "As part of the new lineup, we're thrilled to announce an enhanced role for Erin Andrews that includes GameDay, while some of our most prominent college football personalities will have new and expanded responsibilities."
For the first time, ESPN Radio will simulcast the television version of "College GameDay." Also, every remote edition of College GameDay on ESPN Radio (Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. ET) will now originate from the same site as ESPN's College GameDay. The program, hosted by Ryen Russillo with analysts Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards, is scheduled to travel to eight regular-season games in 2010.