BIG EAST Announces Football Television Schedules
The Beat
July 22, 2002

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - College football viewers will have plenty of chances to catch BIG EAST football on television this season. By virtue of its agreements with ABC and ESPN, the league will once again be among the nation≠s most televised conferences. What it means for the college football fan is that BIG EAST games will be televised every week of the season.

On ABC, four games have thus far been selected for air. Virginia Tech will be one of the teams to kick off the first full weekend of college football when it hosts LSU on Sunday, September 1. Miami will renew its rivalry with Florida State by hosting the Seminoles on October 12. The first scheduled league game on ABC is slated for November 30, with the Hurricanes traveling to Syracuse. UM and the Hokies will conclude the BIG EAST season for the second straight year, facing off on December 7. Additional selections will be added later in the fall.

Among the numerous contests slated for ESPN, Syracuse at BYU on August 29 will begin the network≠s Thursday night schedule. Three conference matchups have also been announced for ESPN. Boston College travels to Miami on Sept. 21, while the Eagles host Virginia Tech on Thursday, Oct. 10. The ‘Canes are also slated for Thursday, hosting Pittsburgh on Nov. 21. Two conference squads will begin the ESPN2 schedule. BC hosts Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, followed by North Carolina at Syracuse at 8:00 p.m. West Virginia at Virginia Tech will be the first league squads to play on a Wednesday, facing off on Nov. 20. More games will be added at later dates.

Games will also be shown on CBS and NBC, giving the league exposure around the country. Miami will face the Florida Gators in the regular season for the first time since 1987. The contest will be shown by CBS. Pittsburgh (Oct. 12), Boston College (Nov. 2) and Rutgers (Nov. 23) all travel to Notre Dame this season, with each game slated for NBC.

The BIG EAST also has numerous games scheduled for ESPN Regional Television. The BIG EAST Game of the Week package is one of the largest in the nation, reaching more than 33 million homes. Three games lead off the schedule in September - West Virginia at Wisconsin (Sept. 7), Miami at Temple (Sept. 14) and Rutgers at Pittsburgh (Sept. 21). Several more matchups will be announced at later dates. All games broadcast by ERT are offered as part of the ESPN GamePlan pay subscription service. Comcast Sports Southeast and Action Sports Cable Network in the Pacific Northwest, regional subscriber networks that boast over 3.3 million subscribers, will also carry games.

2002 BIG EAST FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
ABC
Sun. Sept. 1LSU at Virginia Tech2:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 12Florida State at MiamiNoon
Sat. Nov. 30Miami at Syracuse1:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 7Virginia Tech at Miami1:00 p.m.
At least one additional game to be announced
 
ESPN
Thu. Aug. 29Syracuse at BYU7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 7Texas A&M at PittsburghNoon
Thu. Sept. 12Marshall at Virginia Tech7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 21Boston College at Miami7:45 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 10Virginia Tech at Boston College7:30 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 21Pittsburgh at Miami7:30 p.m.
Additional games to be announced later in the season
 
ESPN2
Sat. Sept. 7Stanford at Boston College3:30 p.m.
 North Carolina at Syracuse8:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 20West Virginia at Virginia Tech7:00 p.m.
Additional games to be announced later in the season
 
CBS
Sat. Sept. 7Miami at Florida5:00 p.m.
 
NBC
Sat. Oct. 12Pittsburgh at Notre Dame2:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 2Boston College at Notre Dame2:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 23Rutgers at Notre Dame1:00 p.m.
All times Eastern and subject to change.

ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Game of the Week
Many BIG EAST contests will be broadcast by ESPN Regional Television as part of its BIG EAST Game of the Week package. The following dates and games are scheduled as of July 22. A majority of the selections will be made later in the season (schedule subject to change).
Sat. Sept. 7West Virginia at WisconsinNoon
Sat. Sept. 14Miami at TempleNoon
Sat. Sept. 21Rutgers at PittsburghNoon
Sat. Sept. 28To Be DeterminedNoon
Sat. Oct. 5To Be DeterminedNoon
Sat. Oct. 19To Be DeterminedNoon
Sat. Oct. 26To Be DeterminedNoon
Sat. Nov. 2To Be DeterminedNoon
Sat. Nov. 9To Be DeterminedNoon
Sat. Nov. 16To Be DeterminedNoon
All times Eastern and subject to change.

BIG EAST STATION LINEUP
As of July 22, the following is the station lineup for the ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Game of the Week. Additional channels may be added prior to the season (Stations may not carry games all games every week - check local listings or the BIG EAST web site for schedule).
SchoolStation Lineup
BOSTON COLLEGEBoston - WCVB (ABC)
Providence, R.I. - WPXQ (PAX)
 Hartford/New Haven - WTXX (UPN)
Manchester, N.H. - WMUR (ABC)
 Bangor, Maine - WBGR (WB)
Portland, Maine - WMTW (ABC)
 
MIAMIMiami/Ft. Lauderdale - WFOR (CBS)/WBFS (UPN)
Tampa/St. Petersburg - WFTS (ABC)
 Orlando/Dayton Beach - WRBW (UPN)
Jacksonville - WTLV (NBC); WJXX (ABC)
 Fort Myers - WINK (CBS)
Gainesville - WCJB (ABC)
 West Palm Beach - WPEC (CBS)
 
PITTSBURGHPittsburgh - WTAE (ABC)
 
RUTGERSNew York City - WABC (ABC); WWOR (UPN)
 
SYRACUSESyracuse - WNYS (UPN)/WSYT (FOX)
Buffalo - WNGS (UPN)
 Rochester - WRWB (WB)
Watertown - WWTI (ABC)
 Utica - WFXV (FOX); WPNY (UPN)
 
TEMPLEPhiladelphia - WPHL (WB); WPVI (ABC)
Harrisburg/Lancaster - WHP (CBS)
 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - WOLF (FOX); WSWB (WB)
 
VIRGINIA TECHRoanoke - WFXR/WVBA/WJPR (FOX)
Richmond - WRIC (ABC)
 Norfolk - WSKY (Ind.)
Washington, D.C. - WJLA (ABC)
 
WEST VIRGINIAWheeling, W. Va. - WTRF (CBS)
Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. - WCHS (ABC)/WVAH (FOX)
 Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill, W. Va. - WVSX (FOX)
Clarksburg/Weston, W. Va. - WBOY (NBC); WVFX (FOX)
 Parkersburg, W. Va. - WBOY (NBC)
Other stations included in the ESPN Regional Lineup:
Baltimore, Md. - WJZ (CBS); Indianapolis, Ind. - WNDI (Ind.); Greenville, N.C. - WHNS (FOX); Dayton, Ohio - WWRD (Ind.); Burlington/Plattsburgh - WBVT (UPN); Columbus, Ga. - WCGT; Greensboro, N.C. - WXLV (ABC)/WUPN (UPN).