Fanfare, fans ring in Longhorn Network debut

ESPN's Lee Corso wears the Bevo mascot head alongside his fellow College GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit. The Emmy award
ESPN's Lee Corso wears the Bevo mascot head alongside his fellow College GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit. The Emmy award-winning sports show will do a live broadcast of a special episode on the university's campus for the debut of the Longhorn Network.

The 24-hour Longhorn Network will debut at 6 p.m. Friday with a special on-campus filming of ESPN College GameDay open to all students and Longhorn fans.

The new network is dedicated to telling the stories of The University of Texas at Austin through sports, academic and cultural programming.

"The starting gun is finally going to go off, which we've been waiting for, for a long time," said Stephanie Druley, vice president of production for the Longhorn Network.

The university, ESPN and UT Athletics' multimedia rights partner, IMG College, first announced the agreement to develop the network last January and anticipation on campus and across the country has been building.

The Longhorn Network is the first network of its kind, bringing unprecedented exposure to the university community. It will cover 20 sports, offer original sports programming and give fans a taste of the university's academic, arts and cultural offerings.

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A live broadcast of College GameDay kicks off the Longhorn Network on Friday. Join hosts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews, at the South Mall in front of the Tower. The show starts at 6 p.m., but fans are encouraged to arrive early at 5 p.m.

Also at the event will be the new on-air team for the Longhorn Network: Kevin Dunn, Lowell Galindo and Samantha Steele as well as Mack Brown, the Longhorn Band and Bevo. Coverage of that night's volleyball game against Pepperdine University begins on the new network at 8 p.m.

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