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Media notebook: Bob Knight to call Big Monday games

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Published: October 16, 2009
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Former Texas Tech coach Bob Knight will move to ESPN’s "Big Monday” Big 12 basketball telecasts this season, working with Brent Musburger and reporter Holly Rowe. Knight also will call various nonconference games and appear weekly on "College GameDay.”

Fran Fraschilla, who had called Big Monday games, will do a Big East game Wednesday nights with John Saunders, and call select Big 12 games with Ron Franklin.

Short takes

→Kansas will be one of nine college basketball teams featured on ESPNU’s Midnight Madness, 8 to midnight tonight on ESPNU.

→"ESPNU Road Trip,” a one-hour series that captures the fan and student perspective of games, will broadcast from the OU-Texas game in Dallas at 8 a.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

→Franklin and Ed Cunningham will broadcast the Missouri-OSU game at 8:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

Todd Lisenbee, better known as "Pork” in his eight years with WWLS, the Sports Animal, has left the network. Lisenbee, 27, who had been part of the Morning Animals and handled high school play-by-play, said he was undecided about continuing his sportscasting career.

→TBS’ coverage of the baseball division series averaged a 3.1 rating, up 11 percent from last year.

→HBO Sports has begun production on a documentary about basketball legends Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic” Johnson, chronicling what many consider the fiercest rivalry in sports.

→NBA TV, which is previewing all 30 teams in half-hour specials, looks at the Thunder at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.