Fox to focus on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for NFC finals coverage
SPORTS MEDIA NOTEBOOK — Studio analyst Howie Long: “Kaepernick is a special quarterback who can make plays all over the field.”
— ESPN2's begins its “Big Monday” women's schedule with No. 4 Duke at No. 3 Connecticut at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. (Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo).
— ESPN's “College GameDay” will make its first stop of the 2013 season on Saturday, visiting Indianapolis for No. 13 Gonzaga at No. 8 Butler in the show's first visit to Butler University. Butler star guard Rotnei Clarke, a former Verdigris standout, is questionable with a neck injury. The show will include a tribute to the movie “Hoosiers,” which was filmed at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Host Rece Davis is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose. “GameDay” airs at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN, and the game is at 8 p.m.
— The NFL Network will showcase top college players with coverage of the East-West Shrine Game at 3 p.m. Saturday (Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock and Charles Davis), Senior Bowl practices next week and the Senior Bowl game at 3 p.m. Jan. 26. OU cornerback Demontre Hurst is playing in the Shrine Game, and OU quarterback Landry Jones and offensive tackle Lane Johnson are playing in the Senior Bowl.
— NBC begins its NHL coverage at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings banner raising followed by the Kings hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. The lead team of Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will call most of the 15 NHL games on NBC. NBC Sports Network also is airing 55 games.
— The Texas Rangers are scheduled to make three appearances on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” schedule announced through July 21. They open the MLB season at Houston on March 31, host the L.A. Angeles and former Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton on April 7 and host Detroit on May 19. St. Louis has two appearances: at Philadelphia on April 21 and at Chicago Cubs on July 14. John Kruk will debut as an analyst this season, alongside Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and reporter Buster Olney.