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Sports media notebook: Longhorn Network launches Friday with 'College GameDay' crew on campus

by Mel Bracht Published: August 25, 2011

* For the fourth consecutive year, ESPN will celebrate the opening of the college basketball season with a marathon of telecasts. Beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, it will include 19 live matchups – 17 men's and two women's – in 25 hours. The Tuesday, Nov. 15, schedule is by highlighted by the inaugural State Farm Champions Classic doubleheader from Madison Square Garden with Duke vs. Michigan State at 6 p.m. and Kentucky vs. Kansas at 8 p.m. Other televised Big 12 games include San Diego State at Baylor at 1 p.m., Rhode Island at Texas at 3 p.m. and Louisville at Texas A&M in a women's at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

* ESPN's “Outside the Lines,” 8 a.m. Sunday, looks at former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan's involvement in an alleged ponzie scheme and increasing the heighth of stadium railing in the wake of a fan death July 7 at Rangers Ballpark.

* Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are returning as CBS' top NFL broadcast team. The network's other NFL teams are: Greg Gumbel-Dan Dierdorf, Ian Eagle-Dan Fouts, Marv Albert-Rich Gannon, Kevin Harlan-Solomon Wilcots, Bill Macatee-Steve Tasker, Spero Dedes-Steve Beuerlein and Don Criqui-Randy Cross.

* Vince Cellini is returning to Turner Sports as a full-time host for NBA TV and serve in a similar capacity for a collection of online programs across Turner Sports' digital properties, including a new college football preview show on

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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