CSTV's Dog Days Follows Virginia Tech
From wake-up calls to "lights out," CSTV captures student-athletes, coaches behind the scenes preparing for upcoming season
August 14, 2003

NEW YORK - CSTV: College Sports Television, http://www.cstv.com/, the first 24-hour college sports network, will provide college football fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the preseason camps of four prominent college football programs via its Dog Days series airing Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 26-29. Dog Days will focus on top-10 staple Virginia Tech, Conference USA contender Louisville, perennial Division I-AA power Georgia Southern and three-time defending Division III national champion Mount Union. The crew is in town today filming Tech's two-a-day routine.

Dog Days will capture the intense physical and mental preparation on and off the field at some of the nation's top programs as student-athletes and coaches lay the foundation for runs at their respective national championships. The CSTV cameras will follow each team's student-athletes and coaching staff for an entire day, starting with the pre-dawn wake-up calls. Dog Days will focus on all aspects of preseason, including two-a-day practices, team meetings, training table meals, and locker and training room activity.

"Dog Days will provide fans with an entirely different perspective of college football," said Joel Feld, executive vice president and executive producer, CSTV. "We'll give viewers a rare taste of the hard work and sacrifice put in during the dog days of August that, for a select few, will pave the way to postseason glory."

Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va., finished the 2002 season with a 10-4 mark and a No. 18 ranking; the team, entering its final BIG EAST season, is led by preseason All-Americans Jake Grove (senior center) and Nathaniel Adibi (senior defensive end). Junior quarterback Bryan Randall has been named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the top collegiate quarterback.

Louisville upset fourth-ranked Florida State in overtime last fall and advanced to the GMAC Bowl; the Cardinals will be led this season by first-year head coach Bobby Petrino; Louisville has produced recent quarterback standouts Chris Redman and three-time Conference USA offensive player of the year Dave Ragone, as well as legendary Hall of Famer John Unitas.

Georgia Southern, in Statesboro, Ga., has won a Division I-AA record six national titles; the Eagles lost to Western Kentucky in the semifinals last season, the fifth consecutive year they made it to the semis; Georgia Southern has also won six-straight Southern Conference crowns.

Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio, has won 96 of its last 97 games, capturing six Division III titles over the past seven years in the process. The Purple Raiders have won 11 straight Ohio Athletic Conference titles and a record 84 consecutive regular season games dating back to 1994.

CSTV is available nationally on satellite and cable. For information on how to receive the network, log on to www.cstv.com.
CSTV's Dog Days Schedule (10 p.m. ET each night)
Tues., August 26    Louisville
Wed., August 27     Mount Union
Thurs., August 28   Georgia Southern
Fri., August 29     Virginia Tech