Why is ESPN’s College GameDay at SMU on Saturday



on ESPNU before it shifts to ESPN an hour later.

Davis has made news of his own recently. ESPN announced that next season Davis will slide into Chris Fowler’s familiar host chair on football GameDay alongside Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso.

Davis, 49, knows college football. He had been a studio host alongside Mark May and Lou Holtz as well as the play by play voice on the network’s Thursday night games.

He has been at ESPN since 1995. He recently agreed to a new contract that takes him through 2021.

He’s a native of Alabama and a graduate of the University of cheap authentic college football jerseys Alabama.

What’s the biggest similarity between football and basketball GameDays?

They are both personality driven panel shows that are influential on the day’s narratives.

What’s the biggest difference?

Rarely is there a regular season college basketball game that carries the magnitude of a regular season football game. The football shows are centered on the games of the day. The basketball show looks at the themes of the week.

How excited are you to be joining the football GameDay?

Very. I am extraordinarily eager to work on that show. It’s the pre eminent studio show in college football. Wholesale NCAA Jerseys
I have been in discussion with ESPN for the past year and a half on what I could do to have a larger role in college football. What the show has done is establish the standard of excellence. It is something everyone admires.

Any idea on what your basketball show will look into before the SMU UConn game?

It’s a month until selection Sunday. This game offers the juxtaposition between the program that won the national championship last year and the program that arguably received the biggest snub last year. Obviously, the rosters are different this year but it is a launching point. We are still in the working stages but we expect to talk to Larry Brown about the passing of Dean Smith and Larry’s influence on (UConn Coach) Kevin Ollie. We will talk about the job Larry has done in injecting life into SMU basketball. And yes, there are issues (NCAA investigation) but there doesn’t appear to be any significant advancement of late.

The career of legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt



FILE In this April 19, 2012, file photo, former Tennessee women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt appears at a news conference with her son Tyler Summitt, right, in Knoxville, Tenn. Pat Summitt’s rich legacy in women’s basketball can be seen on the sidelines and in front offices throughout the college and professional ranks. At the time Summitt ended her illustrious, 38 season coaching career at Tennessee in 2012, 78 people who were mentored by her were coaching basketball or working in administrative positions associated with the game. Summitt died Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016. She was 64.(AP Photo/Wade Payne, FIle)

FILE In this April 8, 2008, file photo, cheap college football jerseys, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt holds up the net as her son, Tyler, looks on after Tennessee beat Stanford 64 48 to win its eighth national women’s basketball championship, at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Final Four in Tampa, Fla. Summitt, the winningest Wholesale NCAA Jerseys
coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016. She was 64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

FILE In this Jan. 14, 2003, file photo, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt, center, smiles as she stands with her team after defeating DePaul, 76 57, to get her 800th career win, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tye’sha Fluke is at left, Courtney McDaniel (34), right, and Ashley Robinson, second from right. Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016. She was 64. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, FIle)

What Texas Tech must do to make the NCAA Tournament



Postseason play is starting to become an inevitable outcome after Texas Tech topped Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., before defeating TCU in United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders have three road wins in Big 12 play this season after only winning three games total in conference play last season.

As the Big 12 continues to maintain the highest RPI ranking of any conference, seven teams are projected to make the tournament from the conference, tied for the most along with the ACC and Big Ten.

A win against No. 11 West Virginia on Wednesday would give Texas Tech wins against five of the six teams ranked ahead of the Red Raiders in the Big 12 standings. The Red Raiders lost to No. 1 Kansas, 67 58, last week in Lawrence.

CBS Sports college basketball analyst Jerry Palm and USA Today Sports cheap college basketball jerseys bracketologist Shelby Mast both currently project the Red Raiders will make the tournament as a seven seed, taking on Connecticut in the Midwest region.

ESPN’s Joe Lundardi projects Texas Tech will make the tournament as an eight seed, facing South Carolina in the South region while Sports Illustrated’s Michael Beller predicts the Red Raiders will face Temple in the East region as the seventh seed. The common theme: Texas Tech is in the dance, save the date.

Tech needs a win against either West Virginia or Kansas State in its final week of regular season Cheap NCAA Jerseys
play. After losing to the Jayhawks, the Red Raiders must avoid closing their season on three straight losses. A trio of losses would prove detrimental to coach Tubby Smith’s team, particularly if the Red Raiders were to drop their next two followed by a first round exit in the Big 12 Tournament.

In order to continue making progress in the Big 12 where seven of its 10 teams are projected to make an NCAA Tournament appearance Tech must continue playing competitive basketball, in spite their limited roster, similar to Tech’s five game winning streak in the second half of Conference play.

With games remaining against West Virginia and Kansas State, Tech has two final opportunities to continue boosting its resume prior to the Big 12 Tournament and essentially Selection Sunday.

SMU sees big fall in preseason rankings



CBS’s Matt Norlander took the trouble to rank all 351 Division I basketball programs before the college hoops season starts. It’s a long read but a good way to get yourself ready for the college basketball season that starts next month.

Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, defending champions Villanova and Xavier fill out the top five. The highest ranked local team is Texas at No. 17. Norlander noted that he ranked the Longhorns higher than most will in the preseason because of his high expectations for sophomores Kerwin Roach and Tevin Mack and freshman Jarrett Allen.

“This is a projection on how we think the sport shakes out, so cheap college football jerseys from china while Texas won’t be a top 20 team in November, by the time Shaka (Smart) molds these guys in February, we think UT will be contending for a No. 4/5 seed,” Norlander wrote.

Texas A was the next local school on the list, coming in at NCAA Jerseys China
No. 28, though Norlander wrote that he might be being generous with the Aggies given the loss of four starters. Hogg will probably average 14 points, but overall, the Aggies need to overcome losing four starters and still keep pace with a top 10 defense. A tough ask,” the CBS analyst wrote.

The next local school was No. 35 Oklahoma, who Norlander thinks will survive the loss of Buddy Hield with big years from Khadeem Lattin and Jordan Woodard. Baylor soon followed at No. 40. Norlander wrote that while Johnathan Motley is an All Big 12 caliber player, the offense will still miss Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers this season.

Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were Nos. 47 and 50, respectively, as they go through their coaching changes.

SMU is another local team going through a coaching change with Larry Brown stepping away and Tim Jankovich taking over. The change caused Norlander to admittedly “settle” with the Mustangs at No. 56 despite the team being among the AP Top 25 for much of last season.

“They lose Nic Moore, he was a big piece. They still got plenty there and Tim Jankovich is a good coach (but) I just don’t see SMU as a top 50 team right now,” Norlander said in a video accompanying the rankings.