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ESPN College Sports Update – April 24, 2012


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This Week in College Sports:

Baseball: Conference Nights

ESPNU’s weekly SEC and ACC baseball game of the week continues with ranked teams in each game. The inaugural season of ACC Monday spotlights No. 25 Virginia at No. 18 Miami in a matchup of ranked teams April 30 at 7 p.m. ET. This week’s Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week on April 26 will pit Alabama at defending National Champion No. 5 South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Additional games this week:

Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
(Saturday, April 28, at 10 p.m., ESPNU)

Oklahoma State at Kansas State
(Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m., ESPNU)

Georgia at No. 6 LSU
(Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m., ESPN2 & ESPN3)

No. 17 Arkansas at No. 2 Florida
(Sunday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m., ESPN & ESPN3)

Softball: A Texas Showdown
2012 Women's College Softball on ESPNESPN2 will showcase a top-25 Texas softball showdown when Beth Mowins and analyst Michele Smith call the No. 6 Texas at No. 16 Texas A&M softball matchup on Thursday, April 26.

Another look at previous games, ESPN Images of the Week: Women’s College Softball
and follow all the ESPN Softball chatter on Twitter.

Football: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

As spring football practices continue around the country, the DIRECTV bus may be rolling through a town near you. College Football Live will pull through the campuses of Oregon, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Stanford this week with various analysts and head coaches stepping on board. The show schedule with locations and the analyst on the bus:

Date Time DIRECTV Bus Stops Analyst Network
Tue, Apr 24 3:30 p.m. Oregon Brock Huard ESPNU
Wed, Apr 25 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma State Andre Ware ESPNU
Thu, Apr 26 3:30 p.m. Texas A&M Joey Galloway ESPNU
Mon, Apr 30 3:30 p.m. Stanford Rod Gilmore ESPN

Gruden’s QB Camp Encore

‘Twas the night before the Draft, and all through the lands,
not a creature was stirring not even the fans.

Coaches and draftees all wondered with glee,
Who should we take? Who will want me?

But one man with a plan and a room full of tape,
Told the best of the best what to do, to avoid ‘third round’ wait.

Jon Gruden, is he, and 10 quarterbacks he saw,
And on this long night you can re-watch them all!

On Griffin, On Luck, On Weeden and Moore,
Six hours to watch ‘til fans learn who they’ve scored.

ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp marathon on Wed, April 25 from 6 p.m. – midnight, including never before-seen moments with each of the 10 players and Gruden discussing the experience.
Full Schedule

NFL Draft with a College Twist

ESPNU will supplement ESPN’s extensive multiplatform NFL Draft coverage with three days of original programming geared towards college fans.

The lineup includes shows discussing the NFL prospects with the analysts that called their games across all three days of the NFL Draft.  In addition, along with ESPNU commentators, former coaches of 2012 prospects will analyze the current state of college teams and discuss how these programs will replace draftees in the upcoming season.

Date Time
Day One: Thu, Apr 26 10:30 p.m. – Midnight
Day Two: Fri, Apr 27 6-10 p.m.
Day Three: Sat, Apr 28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Full schedule of ESPN draft coverage across platforms: