ESPN College Gameday coming to Notre Dame vs. Louisville

ESPN College Gameday coming to Notre Dame vs. Louisville

ESPN College GameDay will be returning to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center this season. Notre Dame’s matchup with former #1 team Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 9 has been designated as the site for the show. Tipoff for the Big East (a soon to be defunct conference) primetime matchup will be at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Notre Dame’s selection as the site was announced today during ESPN’s College GameDay telecast from Raleigh, N.C., as part of the North Carolina-North Carolina State game. (two teams that are grossly underachieving)

ESPN College GameDay returns to the Notre Dame campus for the second time in 2012-13. The football crew visited South Bend on Saturday, Oct. 13 when the Irish played host to Stanford. And barely escaped with a victory.

This will mark the second time in school history that Notre Dame has been the host for College GameDay during the basketball season. Purcell Pavilion was the site of the morning show and primetime basketball contest on Jan. 24, 2009, when the Irish played Connecticut.

Coupled with visits for football, next month’s College GameDay broadcast will mark the 10th time the ESPN crews have visited Notre Dame. Not sure if that includes the Declan Sullivan tragedy or not. And of course ESPN didn’t cover the Lizzy Seeberg tragedy.

Rece Davis is in his ninth year as the host for College GameDay and is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, former Notre Dame head coach and horribly untalented and uninformative human being Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose. He’s new to this season’s GameDay crew. Maybe Phelps will do his awkward and creepy dancing with a cheerleader bit again.

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A featured analyst throughout the college basketball season, Rose has been with the network since 2007 when he began working as part of the ESPN’s NBA studio coverage.

Including the trip to Notre Dame, the ESPN basketball College GameDay crew will visit the Hoosier State three times in ’12-’13. Last Saturday, the show took place from Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., as part of the Gonzaga-Butler telecast, and one week prior to the Irish taking on the Cardinals, the ESPN cameras will be in Bloomington, Ind., for the Michigan-Indiana game.

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