Today is the day. The long-awaited launch of ESPN’s SEC Network is here and not a moment too soon. SEC fans have been clamoring to see what’s in store, and if you missed FanSided’s preview, you can check that out here.
Here’s what you can expect in the first couple of days of programming from the SEC Network.
The network will launch at 6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday with a three-hour airing of the studio highlight and news show, SEC Now. Then at 9 p.m. ET, the first of four new SEC Storied specials, “The Stars Are Aligned”, will air.
Here is ESPN’s press release on the special:
What do Ashley Judd, Darius Rucker, James Carville and Governor Rick Perry have in common? Well, they live and die with the fortunes of their respective SEC schools. In “The Stars Are Aligned,” 14 famous figures—each representing a different college in the Southeastern Conference—spill their emotions and explain why they’ll never forget where they came from. Among the other celebrities featured are Charlie Daniels, Amy Robach, Jonathan Papelbon, Melissa Joan Hart, Emmitt Smith, Shepard Smith and Ralphie May.
The stars who will be profiled are as follows:
- Darius Rucker – South Carolina
- Jason Dufner – Auburn
- James Carville – LSU
- Ashley Judd – Kentucky
- Shepard Smith – Ole Miss
- Charlie Daniels – Tennessee
- Amy Robach – Georgia
- Willie Geist – Vanderbilt
- Melissa Joan Hart -Alabama
- Rick Perry – Texas A&M
- Ralphie May – Arkansas
- Emmitt Smith – Florida
- Carl Edwards – Missouri
- Jonathan Papelbon – Mississippi State
Friday morning will be the kickoff of a series of “Best of” marathons for each SEC team, starting with Alabama at 3:00 a.m. – the 2009 SEC championship game against Florida, the 2012 SEC championship game against Georgia, the 2013 Texas A&M game and the 2012 BCS national championship game against Notre Dame.
Then at 1:00 pm on Friday, you’ll get to see some college hoops action, with Kentucky vs. the Dominican Republic, called by Dave Neal and Jay Bilas
Friday’s lineup will continue with what will be a more regular rotation on the network.
3 p.m. – The Paul Finebaum Show
8 p.m. – SEC Nation special
9 p.m. – Georgia football preview
8:30 p.m. – Florida football preview
10 p.m. – Best of Georgia (2007 Auburn game, 2013 LSU game, 2007 Alabama game, 2007 Florida game)
This sounds like an amazing kickoff to what will become one of the premier sports networks in the country. Plenty of great content for Georgia and all SEC fans. We invite you to comment below or tweet us at @DawnOfTheDawg with your feedback after watching some of the shows. We’ll be doing our own review after the first couple of days.