Dancing with College GameDay

ESPN decides we need to see more of its college football preview show on Saturdays in the fall… and even more of a certain personality.

ESPN will formally announce Monday that its College GameDay football show this fall will expand — and add Erin Andrews.

The Saturday morning show, which began 24 years ago as an hour-long studio show from ESPN’s Connecticut studio but now attracts thousands as it airs at college campuses hosting big games, will run three hours starting at 9 a.m. ET, up from two hours and a 10 a.m. ET start last season. It also will be simulcast for the first time on ESPN Radio. The show will also allow Andrews, who is America’s most-famous TV sideline reporter and who recently signed a new contract to stay at ESPN/ABC, to appear as a part-time host and feature reporter.

Be still, my heart.  How much Corso can America stand, anyway?

It’s depressing to think what the WWL will toss in to that third hour.  One thing’s for sure, it won’t be in-depth analysis.

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33 responses to “Dancing with College GameDay

  1. NebraskaDawg

    Look for more fluff pieces starring Erin in the 3rd hour.

  2. Brandon

    I already thought it was too long when they put another 30 minutes in there to make it 2 hours. Now I guess we’ll get an hour on Notre Dame, an hour on Ohio State, and Southern Cal combined, 30 minutes on whoever the feel good story/man crush of the week is, and 30 minutes for everybody else. At some point in the past this was a pretty good show but now its just a waste of time, I don’t know when it was exactly they lost me, I’m thinking it was around 2003-2004 but the last time it was really good was the 90′s.

  3. Spike

    The show is not as good as it once was, to be sure. One of the worst things about it is Desmond Howard. While he was a great player in his day, he is simply awful on that show, as was Rocket Ismail. With Tebow gone what will they talk about?

  4. Bourbon Dawgwalker

    Maybe they’re bringing back Nick Lachey.

  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    The grassy knoll conspiracy theorist in me says ESPN set up the peeping tom story to make Erin Andrews a bigger ratings draw. There is no such thing as bad publicity.

    • BeerMoney

      I completely agree. Let’s step back and analyze this for a moment…

      Prior to the naked tape surfacing, only football fans knew who EA was. Just another pretty face and T&A grafted on to the weekly broadcast along the same lines of Jill Arrington (who was beautiful, but was a moron).

      After the tape hit…OUTRAGE! However, she parlayed that into a spot on Dancing With The Stars (also owned by Disney/ABC/ESPN) where she made it all the way to the final 2. I simply cannot stand this show, but my wife watches it religiously and would talk about it. Although there is some nice eye candy on there too, but back to my original point.

      Now she was being pitched with “all kinds of offers” as her Q rating is currently through the roof (thanks to the snowball of publicity in the last year). So she got a bigger role on one of ESPN’s signature shows. It’s only a matter of time before she does something for network TV.

      I am a firm believer that this was all planned. I actually know a girl who is friends with EA and she does not have too many flattering things to say about her. So I can definitely see all of this being true.

      • Silver Creek Dawg

        Part of her deal is features (supposedly focused on women’s issues) on Good Morning America.

        Is that network enough for you?

  6. anon

    Did I read somewhere that the new 1st hour would air on espnU?

    That extra hour will probably be filled with Tim Tebow retrospectives and the story about when Matt Leinart was a little kid he needed (G A S P) glasses.

  7. HVL Dawg

    I’ve seen her naked.

  8. D.N. Nation

    IMO, College Gameday is one of the few things on ESPN that isn’t absolutely brain-meltingly awful. (Same goes for the basketball version.) Small praise, I guess, but I still enjoy a lot of it.

  9. Will Trane

    These are the reasons you have multiple
    tvs, a remote with a mute button, and a recorder. Just how much bias and lack of football knowledge can a viewer take from these guys (left Ms. Andrews out). ESPN is the land of the blow hard liberals; those who like to simply run their mouth so they can hear themselves [it is all about me and not football]; and endless hours of the NBA. Who watches the NBA anyway, but ESPN thinks it is a year round sport. Watch the game. I always mute the sound on nearly all college football games. Otherwise you let those guys influence what you see and think what you see. I sure as hell would not have Corso seating next to me at Georgia…Ms. Andrews would be pleasant.

  10. Ron

    It’s really pretty simple why the show has lost its luster. When it started, news was much slower. Today, news is immediate with the internet. True die-hard college football fans already know about injuries, weather, scandals or breakdowns. The show tells us old news and it’s just a rewind of the week leading up to the game.

  11. Brandon

    Good point, but back in the day they used not to ask us to put a little zing in our zang zang either, who needs that kind of crap on a football show.

  12. JK

    if only they would provide some actual analysis of 5 or 10 of the top games that day i would be happy. Show me the average weight of one team’s d-line v. the other team’s o-line and talk about it. Talk about the matchups and mismatches in one team’s secondary v. the other team’s receivers. Obvious stuff. The closest they ever get to anything like that is when they go to their stupid ass “film room thing” which they, for some reason, hype up for two commercial breaks before showing 30 seconds of some chotch explain why a single play out of the spread scored a touchdown because the safety ignored the slot receiver. I swear its the same every time.

  13. kevin

    An extra hour means more human interest pieces with sappy music and video montages of zooming in and out on photographs with dramatic lighting and some football artifacts from the 40s.

    the exact shit i change the channel for when it comes on.

    • Normaltown Mike

      They could pay me a fraction of whatever they pay their producers to come up with the personal interest garbage they shovel at ESPN.

      Here’s an easy formula we can look forward to:
      (1) Fish out of water story: poor black kid adopted by rich white folk. Story line: struggles, perseveres then THRIVES! Money shot: Christmas photo of Quantavious w/ Thurston Howell, III.
      (2) Stereotype confirmation story: poor black kid comes from wretched inner city. Crack head mother, no father, blah, blah, blah. Story line: struggles, perseveres, THRIVES! Money shot: Athlete in Letterman jacket on porch of housing project or leaning against a chain link fence.
      (3) Yesteryear story: Beefy OL from Big 10 or Big 12(?) grows up on farm in small town America, dad almost “loses” farm. Story line: struggles, perseveres, THRIVES! Money shot: Beefy OL operating John Deere.
      (4) Brush w/ Death story: Athlete is in a severe car accident or (if ESPN is lucky) shot by stray bullet. Story line: struggles, perseveres, THRIVES! Money shot: Athlete in hospital bed.

      • JC in Powder Springs

        Add in a country football song and the part where Holtz or Corso makes an ass of themselves, and you’ve nailed it.

    • Zdawg

      And don’t forget the wobbly camera–its like your eyes ARE the camera! Next up, they’ll start blinking for you too!

  14. Spike

    Don’t forget the DR. LOU segment with “Granny” Holtz.

    • Normaltown Mike

      I can’t stand Lou. But I REALLLLLY can’t stand Mark May’s snide condescension towards him.

    • JC in Powder Springs

      Holtz never could pronounce Shockley’s name. It would always end up sounding something like De-shay-choshkey.

      • ArchDawg

        Or, one classic time, JD Stokely.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Have you guys noticed how many of the WWL’s henchmen have a grudge against UGA because of one reason or another? Holtz was coach of the GameChickens and got thrashed by Richt repeatedly; Jesse Palmer was a QB at FLA; former UT corner Charles Davis (now at Fox) used to use his WWL forum to trash us; Mark May has some sort of grudge, too, probably going back to when he played at Pitt (a superiority thing I guess from their bowl wins); I can’t figure out Kirk Herbstreit or Lee Corso, though.

  15. Personal bias on my part means that I do not like & do not agree with the ESPN CF experts & analysts that are on the ESPN staff. I just can not watch them very long without getting “blanked”.

  16. Moggs

    Great!! I can start drinking at 9 am instead of 10!
    woo woo

  17. Dawgfan17

    Even if you don’t like the show when is more stuff on college football ever a bad thing? What is it taking away in the 9-10 am slot, another rerun of sportscenter? Either A) sleep in or B) watch it if nothing else just to see a few extra highlights of the previous weeks games. With a little bit of luck that extra hour will mean they will cover someone outside UF/USC/OU/AL/UTexas once in awhile.