In the course of two days and 12 hours, ESPNU (Cox 253) will attempt to interview all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision coaches for its “ESPNU Coaches Spotlight Special.”
ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo will host six-hour specials 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The shows are an expansion of the five-hour “ESPNU Coaches Spotlight: College Basketball Special” the network aired in March, when ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz attempted to interview all 65 head coaches in the NCAA Tournament. Katz successfully interviewed 64 of the 65 coaches.
At press time, ESPNU confirmed 110 of the 120 FBS coaches to participate, including Urban Meyer (Florida), Jim Tressel (Ohio State), Charlie Weis (Notre Dame), Mack Brown (Texas) and Frank Beamer (Va. Tech) for Monday’s show and Rich Rodriguez (Michigan), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Pete Carroll (USC) and Gene Chizik (Auburn) on Tuesday.
“We’re going to try to make history,” Galindo said. “We’re going to talk about everything a college football junkie would want to talk about, from the coaches’ expectations for the 2009 season to Colt McCoy’s facial hair.”
Cara Capuano will host discussions with analysts Charles Arbuckle (Monday), Tom Luginbill (Monday and Tuesday) and Jay Walker (Tuesday) from a separate set, offering additional perspectives on each conference.
ESPNU also has annouced plans for “ESPNU Road Trip,” a new one-hour series that will capture the fan and student perspective of ESPN’s “College GameDay Built.” The show is scheduled to air three times this season, debuting at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 from Columbus, Ohio, for USC at Ohio State. The other two shows will be from the site of “College GameDay” on Oct. 17 and Nov. 28. The Oct. 17 show likely would be from the State Fair of Texas for OU-Texas.