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Two former SEC coaches on ESPNU Signing Day Special
Two of the four fired SEC coaches have found work, albeit very temporary. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley will serve as guest analysts during ESPNU’s 10-hour live coverage of National Signing Day.
Chizik and Dooley will join studio hosts Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah, ESPN football recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert, and college football analysts Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore for the 24-hour college sports network’s coverage of football recruiting’s biggest day of the year.
Both Chizik and Dooley were fired from their schools in December following losing seasons. Despite his serious demeanor and penchant for canned answers while at Auburn, Chizik actually did a decent job as guest analyst during coverage of the 2012 National Championship Game, and Dooley’s wit and candor have always made many of his meetings with the media worth watching.
Coverage begins Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. ET on the U. According to ESPN, there will be live announcements from “at least 17″ of the nation’s top recruits.
ESPNU will have 13 reporters on campus providing live updates and interviews with coaches throughout the day. Those reporters and their locations are:
- Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
- Auburn (Paul Carcaterra)
- Clemson (Eamon McAnaney)
- Florida (Cara Capuano)
- Florida State (Jeannine Edwards)
- LSU (Holly Rowe)
- Michigan (Josina Anderson)
- Notre Dame (Bob Holtzman)
- Ole Miss (Allison Williams)
- Ohio State (Quint Kessenich)
- Texas (Longhorn Network: Lowell Galindo)
- Texas A&M (Pedro Gomez)
- USC (Shelley Smith)