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News Nuggets, 09.23.03

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West Point GameDay details revealed by ESPN


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ESPN's popular College GameDay show, which will originate live from West Point on Saturday, Sept. 27, has announced its set location for Saturday's broadcast at the Academy. The stage will be erected on Patton Field, located at the"library corner" just behind Doubleday Field and opposite the "The Plain."

The area will be open and accessible to the public. With a trademark following of rabid fans filling the show's background, fans are encouraged by ESPN to attend the broadcast session, which will air from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. The Cadet Review on "The Plain" will begin at 10:15 a.m. that day, delayed 15 minutes in order to support the broadcast.

The game itself, pitting the Black Knights against South Florida in a Conference USA battle, will be televised as a part of Army's RNN regional network package with ESPN sportscaster Bob Stevens handling play-by-play duties and former East Carolina coach Steve Logan providing color analysis.

The GameDay crew will tape its first West Point segments at 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday for airing on ESPNews and ESPN's SportsCenter shows later that night. ESPN will tape another brief spot on Saturday morning at approximately 9:50 a.m. before telecasting live from West Point at 10:30 a.m.

Additional tapings will occur later on Saturday, following the conclusion of Army's game against South Florida. The times of those spots will be announced next week.

With a patriotic theme and the storied grounds of the Military Academy providing a historic backdrop, the nation's premier Saturday morning college football preview will be making its first appearance at West Point and only the third trip to one of the country's service academies. GameDay visited the U.S. Air Force Academy on Nov. 3, 2001, in advance of the Army-Air Force matchup at Falcon Stadium.

Featuring host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, College GameDay is generally regarded as television's most comprehensive and authoritative college football studio program. Each Saturday morning, it covers college football with game previews, one-on-one interviews, behind-the-scenes features, analysis and predictions, in addition to capturing the passion, rivalries, personalities and traditions of the sport.

GameDay, celebrating its "10 Seasons on the Road," began traveling to the site of the day's best matchup Nov. 13, 1993, for a Florida State at Notre Dame clash. The show debuted with an "in-studio format" seven years earlier.

High-profile TV week in store for C-USA teams

ESPN's GameDay telecast from West Point, sandwiching the regionally-televised (RNN) 1:00 p.m. Army-South Florida game, is not the only national exposure Conference USA programs will receive this week. Southern Miss hosts No. 11 Nebraska on Thursday night (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. EDT) and Tulane No. 13 Texas on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. EDT, TBS Superstation).

Cougars' freshman QB gains offensive award

Following their teams' victories on Saturday, Conference USA's weekly honors have been awarded to players from three different schools. Houston true freshman quarterback Kevin Kolb (offense) is joined by Cincinnati sophomore defensive end Trent Cole (defense) and Texas Christian kicker Nick Browne (special teams) as this week's honorees.

OFFENSE: Kevin Kolb, QB, Houston
Kolb was 20-of-29 for 321 yards and four touchdowns in Houston’s 42-35 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night. He became the first UH quarterback to throw four TDs in a game since 1998 and the win marked the third game this season in which the true freshman did not throw an interception.

DEFENSE: Trent Cole, DE, Cincinnati
Cole registered 14 tackles, including 10 solo, in the Bearcats triple-overtime win over Temple on Saturday. He also had three tackles for loss and a pass breakup.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Nick Browne, K, Texas Christian
Browne accounted for 12 of TCU’s 30 points in the win over Vanderbilt, kicking three field goals and three extra points. He connected on a career-high tying 50-yarder and also hit from 22 and 35 yards out.

Seminoles QB nabbed for handicap parking violation

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State quarterback Chris Rix used an unauthorized handicap parking tag on campus, and paid a $100 fine after fellow students told police. Students recognized Rix as he parked his sports utility vehicle near one of his classes last Thursday, and chastised him as he walked away. They then left a note on his windshield and called police, who put a lock on a tire so the vehicle couldn't be moved, school officials said.

Rix said after practice Monday night that the handicap tag belongs to a family friend he occasionally helps gets medicine. He said he drove her to the hospital Thursday morning, then parked in the handicap spot because he was running late for class.

``There were four handicapped spots. I thought I'd be OK for an hour,'' Rix said. ``I definitely made a mistake. ... I definitely regret it and shouldn't have parked there.''

Rix said coach Bobby Bowden has been making him run extra each morning this week as punishment. Quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey said Rix would start Saturday at Duke.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically from staff, ECU, Conference USA and its member schools, and from Associated Press and other reports. Copyright 2003 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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