Gameday coming to Murfreesboro

CSS will pattern pregame show after ESPN Gameday

September 15, 2008 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Gameday is coming to Murfreesboro ... Blue Raider style.

The ESPN Gameday crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbsreit will not be on campus for the September 30 Blackout game against Florida Atlantic but CSS and Middle Tennessee have teamed to provide a similar experience for Blue Raider fans.

"Blue Raider Gameday" will include a pregame television show patterned after ESPN Gameday that will be broadcast live locally on CSS from 5:00 to 6:00 PM with hosts Thom Abraham, Kelly Holcomb, and Kevin Dyson. Beaman Automotive is the title sponsor and will build a similar set in Walnut Grove on campus and fans are encouraged to attend and display their Blue Raider spirit.

As part of the event, Blue Raider flagship radio station ESPN 106.7 The Fan will broadcast simultaneously from the Grove beginning at 2 PM. Abraham and Jonathan Shaffer will serve as hosts.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early with signs, flags spirit, and decked in Black and White ... or even sporting Blackout shirts for the event.

Blue Raider Gameday is a chance to show a CSS audience the tradition and ambience surrounding Middle Tennessee football.

The one-hour segment will include previews of the game, live interviews with Rick Stockstill and Howard Schnellenberger, interviews from the tailgating area, keys to the game, and breakdowns on both the Blue Raiders and Owls. The show will end with one of the hosts providing his game prediction by donning the appropriate mascot head.

"To our knowledge this is a first re-creation of ESPN Gameday and we are very excited about the opportunity," said Chris Massaro, Director of Athletics. "We have an incredible pregame atmosphere and this is a great way to show people around the region what we have to offer and how passionate our fans are about Blue Raider football."

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