ESPN College GameDay Returns to Blacksburg
Network alerts Tech of change in venue
September 21, 2005 ESPN College GameDay producer Michael Fountain has alerted officials in the Virginia Tech Athletics Department that it will broadcast its weekly show from Tech's Blacksburg campus this Saturday. The show, which airs live on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon, features Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso previewing the day in college football. The show was originally scheduled to broadcast from the Tennessee-LSU game in Baton Rouge, but the threat of Hurricane Rita has forced the move. "We are very disappointed about not coming to Baton Rouge and Tiger Stadium this weekend," Fountain said. "With the uncertainty of the weather, we just couldn't take a chance of not being able to have a show." Crews will begin rolling in Thursday to set up for the show to feature No. 4 Virginia Tech against No. 15 Georgia Tech. More information on set location, as well as fan information and parking, will be made available later this week. The last time the GameDay show originated from Blacksburg was in 2000 for the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech match-up in the BCA Bowl. That game never kicked off as lightning strikes and torrential downpours eventually canceled the game. One of the first bolts of lightning to strike hit Corso's rental car. GameDay also originated from Blacksburg twice in 1999. The crew was in town for Tech's 62-0 win over No. 16 Syracuse and Tech's 43-10 victory over No. 19 Miami. Also confirmed to be aired is a piece on Tech freshman Victor "Macho" Harris on the turbulent December he had last winter. Tom Rinaldi and an ESPN crew were in town in the preseason to talk to him, as well as head coach Frank Beamer and recruiting coordinator Jim Cavanaugh.