ESPNU Plans 11.5 Hours Of Coverage Dedicated To National Signing Day
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: In Indianapolis, Mark Ambrogi noted Notre Dame today will have "seven hours of programming," starting at 7:00am ET at UND.com. Last year's webcast "drew more than 48,000 page views and the goal is to top 50,000 on Wednesday." Notre Dame has "added a digital media studio to direct the coverage from remotes at the football center as well as collecting social media chatter on Twitter and Facebook." Fighting Irish Digital Media Associate Producer Ryan Camden will host the show and basketball radio play-by-play broadcaster Jack Nolan will "conduct interviews with coach Brian Kelly and the assistants." A noon press conference also was scheduled to be "streamed live." The goal is to have "more programming when the flow of letters of intent slows and have significantly less time off the air" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 2/5).
SOMEBODY'S MISSING: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Rachel Bachman writes under the header, "Signing Day Loses Its Voice." For the first time in more than 25 years, Alabama-based college football talk-show host Paul Finebaum will have "no show on the biggest off-season day of the year, which he described as 'different.'" Finebaum has been "off the air since Jan. 21, when his contract expired" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/6).
NOT FOR EVERYONE: In Miami, Michelle Kaufman notes through the recruiting process, some players "get wrapped up in the hype." Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said, "Some kids flip schools three or four times, or hold out until the last minute even if they know where they're going because they love the attention from the media and recruiting websites. The Internet makes money off uncommitted kids because they're creating news and drama about their announcements" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/6). USA TODAY's Mike Lopresti wrote National Signing Day is about boosters and media "obsessed with the hourly whims of teenagers." It involves "bright lights and center stage that seem so early." Or the "hyper-hype, which is like chocolate." Too much of it "can't be good for kids." This is "not to deny the day is often interesting, occasionally fascinating and invariably necessary." The phenomenon "only grows more torrid each February with social media now the booster rocket." It is big-time college football "in all its many tones; lively, loud -- and sometimes overheated" (USA TODAY, 2/5).
HAVING SOME FUN: The beginning of today's “The Dan Patrick Show” broadcast featured host Dan Patrick seated at a desk with a Georgia, Notre Dame and Dayton football helmet in front of him, while the “Danettes,” his production crew, were standing behind him in spoof of National Signing Day. Patrick said, “I want to thank everybody for coming out today. It’s a big day, big moment for me. I did not happen upon this decision overnight. I’d like to first thank my teachers for allowing me to be average. I’d like to thank my teammates for being below average to make me look even better. I’d like to thank my parents, my drama teacher, debate, my math teacher so I could count up my stats during the game. And I’d like to thank the big man for making this all possible. I narrowed this down to three.” Patrick became emotional and announced he “was taking my talent” to Dayton because the Notre Dame and Georgia helmets would not fit his head (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 2/6).