ATLANTA — The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be announced at 8 a.m. CDT Monday on ESPN. One of its members, Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, was revealed Sunday on ESPN.
Among those of local interest on this year’s ballot: LSU running back Kevin Faulk, New Orleans Saints and Michigan State kicker Morten Andersen (he went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August), Saints and Pittsburgh running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Destrehan and Miami (Florida) safety Ed Reed, Tulane wide receiver Marc Zeno and Louisiana Tech coach Maxie Lambright.
The event that ate ESPN is back.
For the fifth straight year, ESPN is tackling the CFP National Championship Game with elements across virtually all of its platforms. The network said there will be 20 productions in all and will utilize 110 cameras within Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Here’s a look at what you can see, and hear, Monday night:
• ESPN: Traditional game coverage, with play-by-play man Chris Fowler, analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Alabama sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi and Georgia sideline reporter Maria Taylor. Rules expert Dave Cutaia is also on call.
• ESPN2: “Homers” telecast with ex-Alabama and Dutchtown High School safety Landon Collins and former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
• ESPNews: Coaches Film Room.
• ESPNU: ESPN Voices. ESPN personalities chime in. Ever wonder if Dan Le Batard knows anything about college football aside from the Miami Hurricanes? Find out here.
• SEC Network: Finebaum Film Room. SEC Network firebrand Paul Finebaum banters with SEC Network analysts Gene Chizik and Greg McElroy and even takes calls from fans (“Pawwwl!”).
• ESPN Classic and ESPN3: Sounds of the Game. Pregame festivities, bands and the telecast sans announcers. Also on ESPN3: Alabama and Georgia radio broadcasts, an All-22 camera shot, Data Center, Sky Cam and a new feature, High Sky Cam.
• ESPN Goal Line: Command Center. Split screen and multiple camera views.
• ESPN Radio: “Monday Night Football” announcer Sean McDonough calls the game with analyst Todd Blackledge and sideline reporters Holly Rowe (Alabama) and Ian Fitzsimmons (Georgia), plus rules expert Bill LeMonnier.
• ESPN Deportes: Spanish language call of the game. Also on ESPNDeportes Radio.
All of ESPN’s Megacast coverage is available via the WatchESPN app.
Million dollar ticket?
It was probably a tongue-in-cheek request, but as of Sunday afternoon someone was asking $1 million for a lower end zone seat for Monday’s game on StubHub.com.
Upper deck tickets could be had for $1,400, a relative bargain.
Face value of tickets was $375-875, according to CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock. Last year, tickets in Tampa, Florida, were priced at $450-650.
President Trump is attending the game, prompting CFP officials to encourage fans to arrive early because of extra security. … Game officials will be from the Big Ten. … No. 3 Georgia, as the higher seed (not because the game is in Georgia) is the home team and wear its home red jerseys. No. 4 Alabama will wear white. … Rap artist Kendrick Lamar will perform at halftime. Lamar criticized Trump last year in one of his songs.
The last word
“I don’t yell at my assistants very much at all, I don’t think. I don’t ever recall getting really upset at Kirby.”
— Alabama coach Nick Saban, referring to Georgia coach Kirby Smart