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ESPN SportsCenter comes to the Farm

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It’s not quite the traditional Saturday “College GameDay” show, but ESPN is still bringing its set to Stanford for tonight’s top-five clash between the Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks.

At 9:15 a.m., ESPN will kick off the first of three broadcasts of “SportsCenter” from the set it has constructed in White Plaza. According to ESPN producer Tom Engle, broadcasters Scott Van Pelt, Kirk Herbstreit, Mark May and Brian Griese will all be on site during the day.

“It is unprecedented for ESPN to send Kirk Herbstreit and this crew to a campus for day-long broadcasts on a weekday during the college football regular season,” wrote Assistant Athletic Director Mike Eubanks ‘97 M.S.’00 in a statement to The Daily. “We are appreciative of not only their interest and coverage for our program, but also the exposure and excitement provided to the Cardinal campus — especially our supportive student body.”

At noon, students are encouraged to attend a rally in White Plaza hosted by the ASSU Senate, Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford Bookstore, the Axe Committee and The Axe and Palm restaurant, where there will be food and Cardinal gear giveaways. Engle said that signs are permitted, but ESPN requests that students are smart and inoffensive in their material.

The ESPN crew will move over to Stanford Stadium to broadcast “College Football Live” at 2 p.m., followed by a 90-minute pregame show beginning at 4:30 p.m. The game kicks off at 6 p.m.

Jana Persky contributed reporting.

Contact Molly Vorwerck at mvorwerc ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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