Saturday, September 02, 2006

Jim Williams: So, you say you like college football?

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Sep 2, 2006 5:00 AM (4 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 5 of 5,505 articles

BALTIMORE - Starting this weekend and going on through January, there will be more than 1,000 games available on TV. Whether your favorite team is Maryland or Texas Christian, if you have a TV (with cable) and a computer, you are good to go.

Local Maryland fans can watch the Terps on Comcast tape delay starting Sunday night with the opener against William & Mary. Comcast will also do Ralph Friedgen’s coach show, which will air every Friday night during the season. Also, starting on Sept. 8, “Ralph Friedgen Report” can be seen on SportsNite every Wednesday night.

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network starts their football coverage this weekend with Marshall at West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. Navy games will be seen live on CSTV, with local favorites Pete Medhurst and former Maryland quarterback Scott Zolak handling the broadcast duties.

Remember this: Starting today, there will no longer be an ABC Sports. All games on ABC 2 will be called ESPN on ABC. The graphics will say ESPN with a little bug on the screen showing the ABC logo.

The marquee games of the week for the top 25 will all air on the ESPN family of networks (that now includes ABC 2), CBS 13, TBS, FSN (which can be seen on CSN) and ESPN regional TV (which can be seen on MASN).

Still can’t find your favorite team? Go to the Web. There, you can look at ESPN 360, CSTV and, of course, your favorite school’s site. In most cases, what you will find is everything from live game coverage to streaming audio of the games to the simple game tracker, which gives you a written play-by-play.

Some of these sites require a sign-up fee, so check them out first to see what the best value is. CSTV and ESPN will offer subscription services that give you the live game or live audio in some cases.

Both XM and SIRIUS have extensive college football packages worth checking out. XM has the Big Ten, PAC-10, ACC and Big East. Meanwhile, SIRIUS has a number of the top 25 schools signed, plus plenty of major and smaller colleges.

Local radio

» Maryland: 1300 ESPN Radio/105.7 WHFS-FM

» Navy: 1090 WBAL-AM

» Towson: 89.7 WTMD-FM

» Morgan State: 88.9 WEAA-FM and its Web site

» Johns Hopkins: Web site has game tracker and home game audio

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.


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