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ESPN announces 11-hour marathon signing day coverage


If you’re a recruitnik, start working on that groove on your couch.

ESPNU will air 11 hours of signing day coverage Feb. 5, including 13 live commitment announcements from recruits. The network will also have a dozen reporters at the following schools:

Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
Auburn (Maria Taylor)
Florida State (Holly Rowe)
LSU (Niki Noto)
Miami (Mark Schwarz)
Notre Dame (Paul Carcaterra)
Ohio State (Quint Kessenich)
Penn State (Pedro Gomez)
Tennessee (Jeannine Edwards)
Texas (Kaylee Hartung)
Texas A&M (Cara Capuano)

A 12th school is TBD by the network. Every major conference except the Pac-12 will be represented by a reporter.

Only Texas (No. 13) and Penn State (No. 23) currently rank outside ESPN’s top 12 recruiting classes. The Longhorn Network likely locked in ESPN to head to Austin, while Pedro Gomez going to State College is a good call for news value there.

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22 Responses to “ESPN announces 11-hour marathon signing day coverage”
  1. overratedgators says: Jan 23, 2014 3:29 PM

    You left out the most important part: FOR GOD’S SAKE WILL THERE BE A FAX CAM

  2. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jan 23, 2014 3:29 PM

    And then immediately following that, ESPN will run another 11 hour marathon where the Bob Leys and Jeremy Schaaps of the world pompously wonder why athletes get such an inflated sense of importance and entitlement at such a young age but are oblivious to any connection.

  3. asimonetti88 says: Jan 23, 2014 3:44 PM

    No PAC-12? Seriously? Are we just going to pretend the West Coast doesn’t exist?

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jan 23, 2014 3:44 PM

    Why aren’t they sending anyone to Wake Forest, Utah and some of those other hotbeds of college football?

  5. bigdinla says: Jan 23, 2014 5:18 PM

    PAC-12 channel has that coverage.

  6. djshnooks says: Jan 23, 2014 5:35 PM

    11 hours of coverage, and 13 commitments? So for 10.5 hours, we will have to listen to fools talk like the NFL Network’ coverage of the Senior Bowl?

    Count me out. Lol.

  7. gatorcheme says: Jan 23, 2014 5:46 PM

    I don’t even think Deb would be interested in 11 hours straight of college recruiting coverage.

    I’m out, too.

  8. ajarkoski says: Jan 23, 2014 8:17 PM

    It seems to me that this is going to be combination of a couple of things that drive me nuts: dead air time while we are supposed to be waiting for something big to be announced and the camera focuses on a group of people who are making this decision and combine this with new people repeating the same lines over and over and discussed ad nauseam.

    Agree – AM OUT.

  9. floridacock says: Jan 23, 2014 8:20 PM

    At least I know which channel NOT to watch, even though I don’t watch anything but games anymore on that network

  10. Deb says: Jan 23, 2014 10:17 PM

    gatorcheme says:

    I don’t even think Deb would be interested in 11 hours straight of college recruiting coverage.


    As I reached your comment, was literally thinking “Don’t think I’ll watch 11 hours of recruiting coverage. What will they cover for 11 hours?” LOL

    And yes … I do watch the entire NFL draft :)

  11. normtide says: Jan 24, 2014 12:06 AM

    Only two programs outside of the South. It’s clear where all the action is. I’ll probably have it turned on, background setting while I’m going about my normal activities.

  12. ronm1963 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:10 AM

    I began my annual hibernation from ESPN the day after the NC game.

    I can assure anyone who might care that this blissful hibernation will continue through the network’s 11-hour exercise in news creation directed at the grossly over-rated annual event known as recruit signing day. Further, said hibernation will extend to late August of this year when college football will again take center stage as the greatest sports spectacle in the nation — with or without help from ESPN.

    For anyone who shares my disdain of ESPN and its suffocating intrusion of all things sporting, I encourage you to begin your own snooze through.

  13. gatiger says: Jan 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    Does this mean I can’t check Rivals, or Twitter, or any of the million ways on the internet whenever I want to get the same info…..without having to listen to all the other crap.

    I’ll be sure to set my DVR to record, NOT!

  14. drsportsjock says: Jan 24, 2014 8:08 AM

    This is music to drsportsjock’s EARS! I for one take every national signing day off from work to see where these young men will play at the next level. Thanks. -drsportsjock

  15. bballnut50 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:39 PM

    Typical ESPN bias- glad I can get my info from better more update to date information. The bias is killing college football… Remember this SEC fans…

  16. taliesinrt says: Jan 24, 2014 1:55 PM

    I hear that Lee Corso will be predicting each choice by putting on the headgear just before each announcement is made… should be exciting!!

  17. normtide says: Jan 24, 2014 2:51 PM

    Espn just follows trends. If the sun belt state’s domination of football is killing the sport, that puts the blame on the upper Midwest teams that can’t compete. Also, college football has never been bigger. It isn’t on life support. It just isn’t strong in the winter states. Again, that’s on those programs. The successful teams shouldn’t lose on purpose just to aid the lesser teams.

  18. tides1 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:32 PM

    Call it what you want. It seems clear to me. ESPN is in this business to make money. The whole country is against them. The SEC ruled for a long period of time…..for now FSU does. Even they can’t deny they’re from the South. UNTIL an icebox team wins the NC, everybody posting here should just chill. Its been a while and will be a lot longer before a Northern team wins it back. How long has it been ? Long enough my memory fails me. ESPN knows where the money is…..That’s Southern football.

  19. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 24, 2014 10:37 PM

    Shocking. Espn has ridiculous sports programming scheduled. We interrupt this Lebron James slam dunk replays marathon to talk about some teenagers deciding where they will attend college. Brilliant.

  20. dhardy8207 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:51 AM

    I’ll be at work soooo can’t watch 11 hours of anything but patients…

    I’m sure the scrolling ticker across the bottom of ESPN will continue to anounce the results of the highest ranked prospects and then I’ll count on CFT to do the rest :-)

  21. korybooth72 says: Jan 26, 2014 1:12 AM

    Everyone knows ESPN is extremely biased toward the SEC and helps to artificially inflate the conference in the AP Poll. No, I’m not remotely suggesting the SEC isn’t a great conference, but the overinflation is absurd.

  22. normtide says: Jan 26, 2014 2:14 AM

    Kory, could it be espn talks about the SEC more because of the recent success of the league? I’m not calling you out, or being smart about it. It’s just that I ask people why espn would do promote one over any other. They have contracts with every league, and cbs actually has the primary contract with the SEC. If anything, wouldn’t they promote the programs from the larger markets? Eyeballs are espn’s agenda, they want ratings. I’m trying to keep an open mind, but have not heard a real explanation for the claim. I also have a problem understanding why ap voters from areas outside the south would be bias to the SEC. There maybe reasons why espn and voters would. But, until someone actually states them, it just sounds like sour grapes.

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