Memphis Tigers football excited to see the university and the city showcased on ESPN’s College GameD

Memphis Tigers football excited to see the university and the city showcased on ESPN’s College GameD


IT TOOK JUST ONE TWEET FROM ESPN — TO CHANGE THE MEMPHIS SPORTS SCENE.. AND GIVE THE CITY SOME SWAG. TONIGHT.. MORE REACTION POURING- IN TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ESPN’S GAME DAY IS COMING TO MEMPHIS.. AND AFTER THAT ABC IS CARRYING THE GAME TO A PRIMETIME AUDIENCE. GOOD EVENING. I’M RICHARD RANSOM. Katina: AND! I’M … KATINA RANKIN. BEALE STREET … IS ABOUT TO GET A FOUR DAY MAKEOVER … TO PREPARE FOR A SATURDAY SHOW THAT WILL BE SEEN BY MILLIONS. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER CAITLIN MCCARTHY … IS LIVE ON BEALE STREET … WITH WHAT FANS AND THE TEAM ARE SAYING. CAITLIN! Caitlin: RICHARD AND KATINA- I TALKED TO FANS. I TALKED TO THE COACH. AND EVERYONE AGREES THE ARRIVAL OF ESPN GAMEDAY BRINGS AN EXCITEMENT THAT’S HARD TO OVERSTATE FOR BOTH THE UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY OF MEMPHIS. CAITLIN MCCARTHY REPORTING: EVEN BASKETBALL FANS HEADING INTO FEDEXFORUM TO SEE THE TIGERS PLAY.. WERE TALKING FOOTBALL. RANDY WILLIS/MEMPHIS FAN: “It brings the city together. When Memphis is winning you can feel the love.” FANS AND THE UNIVERSITY COULDN’T CONTAIN THEIR EXCITEMENT OVER THE ANNOUNCMENT OF COLLEGE GAME DAY COMING TO MEMPHIS! COACH MIKE NORVELL SAYS HIS TEAM ALWAYS STRIVES TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY WELL.. AND IT WILL DO SO ON SATURDAY, TOO. MIKE NORVELL/U OF M FOOTBALL HEAD COACH: “it’s a great showcase for our city, for our football program, and the young men I get to Coach each and every day for them to be in the spotlight.” EVERYONE’S IN ON THE FUN. THE UNIVERSITY SELLING MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND TICKETS IN THE FIRST TWO HOURS OF ANNOUNCING A FLASH SALE THIS AFTERNOON. TICKETS PRICED AT NINE DOLLARS AND ONE CENT TO REPRESENT THE 901. COACH NORVELL/U OF M FOOTBALL HEAD COACH: “the university of Memphis and our football program represent this community. And that’s one of the best parts of the job I have is who we get to represent.” ESPECIALLY WITH IT BEING HOSTED ON THE CITY’S MOST FAMOUS STREET IN MEMPHIS- FANS CANT WAIT FOR THE PARTY TO START. ONE MEMPHIS FAN WHO WORKS ON BEALE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO CHEERING ON THE TIGERS. NATALIA HEWLETT/ MEMPHIS FAN: “This is the T-shirt that BB King sponsors and it represents everything cool about Memphis. Be kool Memphis Memphis be kool! Go tigers!” COACH NORVELL SAYS HE’LL MAKE SURE PLAYERS ARE PREPARED TO PLAY THEIR BEST. BECAUSE HE KNOWS NO MATTER WHAT- THIS GAME WILL BE CELEBRATED ACROSS MEMPHIS. COACH NORVELL/U OF M FOOTBALL HEAD COACH for game day coming on Beale street it’s going to be a celebration of our entire community. Caitlin: LIKE THIS GAME NEEDS ANY MORE BUILDUP.. THIS IS ALSO HOMECOMING FOR THE U OF M. SO IT SHOULD BE A BIG TURNOUT OF ALUMS AND FANS — WITH THE ENTIRE NATION WATCHING. LIVE IN DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, CAITLIN MCCARTHY, LOCAL 24 NEWS. THE UNIVERSITY REALLY WANTS THE NATION TO SEE A SOLD-OUT LIBERTY BOWL STADIUM SATURDAY.. SINCE

Randy Schultz

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