With the college football season beginning in 29 days, ESPN announced this morning their signature pregame show, College Gameday, will broadcast from Atlanta ahead of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Weekend matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles. Hosts Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Desmond Howard will broadcast live September 2nd from the International Plaza overlooking the sparkling Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta native and UGA graduate Maria Taylor will join College Gameday as a host this season. The show will also end the 2017 campaign at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Meanwhile, 333 miles away from Atlanta, Ole Miss has opened fall camp with Matt Luke as interim head coach. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports has listed the many potential head coaches should the Rebels go in a different direction. Best believe, Jimmy Sexton will be contacted between now and December 20th.
Temple Athletics announced Monday they will introduce a new donor incentive program called “The 9” that allowing fans to sponsor individual jersey numbers 1-9. With a $50,000 annual donation, fans can sponsor one of the program’s coveted single-digit numbers.
“As our single digit numbers are earned and limited to our top players, this is limited to our top supporters,” deputy athletic director Craig Angelos said in a release. “It is an exclusive club and these nine members will feel special in so many ways.”
Among the ways the donors will feel special: They’ll get a personalized jersey bearing their number, receive tickets for them and a guest to travel to one road game on the team plane, and have “Interaction with your assigned student-athlete throughout the year.”
Funds raised via the program will benefit a variety of programs for athletes, including academic support, mental health services and facility upgrades. Temple compliance officers will have one big job to make sure the football department and the donors don’t run afoul of the NCAA.