Havoline Football Saturdays Episode 2 Airs This Weekend

Spotlights Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the UAB Football Program,
NC State’s Jacoby Brissett and Georgia Superfan Big Dawg

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its twelfth season this weekend.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show highlights Deshaun Watson from Clemson. Big things are expected from the sophomore quarterback, who suffered a broken hand and torn ACL during his electric but shortened first year. But Watson is no stranger to fighting adversity. While establishing himself as a prized recruit out of Gainesville, Ga., his mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Hear how his mother’s fight taught Watson to stay grounded in his success, why he chose Clemson, and what he has planned for his sophomore season at Death Valley.

Then head to Birmingham, Ala. and follow the fight for the UAB football program. After the university’s decision to end the sport after the 2014 season, a groundswell of support from students, alumni and the local community forced the administration to reconsider its decision and resurrect the program. Follow the events through the eyes of one of the Blazers’ most passionate fans, Timothy Alexander.

Spend time with NC State’s Jacoby Brissett. A football and basketball star at Dwyer High School in Florida, he enrolled at the University of Florida in 2011. After two seasons fighting for playing time with #1 high school quarterback recruit Jeff Driskel, Brissett transferred to NC State. In his first year at quarterback last season, Brissett led the Wolfpack to the second-largest turnaround in college football.  With expectations high for this season, the redshirt senior talks about his road to Raleigh, N.C. and how a phone call from NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren influenced his final choice between the Wolfpack and West Virginia.

And in Road Trip, travel to Athens, Ga. for game day with host Tommy Kane. Learn about the origins of Big Dawg as the Georgia superfan gives Kane lessons in facepainting and how to bark properly to cheer on the Bulldogs.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

 

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Emmy Award-Winning Havoline Football Saturdays
Kicks Off 12th Season This Weekend

Episode 1 Spotlights Kentucky’s Tim Couch, Florida’s James Bates,
Clemson’s David Saville and NC State’s Terrence and Torry Holt

 Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” begins its twelfth season this weekend.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show highlights 1999 #1 NFL Draft pick Tim Couch from Kentucky. Growing up in the small town of Hyden, Kentucky, Couch became a high school legend as a football and basketball star. He set national passing records and was National Player of the Year as a senior. Couch talks about how he almost attended Tennessee before deciding on Kentucky. He struggled through a tough freshman year at UK and was planning to transfer, but stayed with the Wildcats after a coaching change and a new offense. He set school and SEC records while in Lexington as he became the #1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns.

Then spend time with FOX Sports announcer and former Florida Gator James Bates. An All-SEC linebacker and team captain, Bates led the Gators to the 2006 National Championship. But football doesn’t define him. He also likes to have fun, especially at home with his family, singing, raising chickens and showing off his original paintings. See how this son of an NFL head coach inspires and entertains with his personality and art.

Also visit Clemson to see the inspirational story of Tigers student equipment manager David Saville. Born with Down Syndrome, he has never let that stop him from leading an impactful life. He earned a spot on the equipment staff in high school and was elected Homecoming King. After graduation, Saville enrolled at Clemson University, home of ClemsonLIFE (Learning is for Everyone), a four-year post-secondary program focused on vocational and independent-living success for young adults with disabilities. He earned a spot on the equipment staff and has been an inspiration to the entire Tigers football team. Saville exemplifies a quote from Head Coach Dabo Swinney, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

And in All-Access, spend gameday in Raleigh with NC State greats Terrence and Torry Holt. Both players left their mark with the Wolfpack on the field. Now is a chance to experience what game day is like at Carter-Finley Stadium with these two Wolfpack greats.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Charlotte, N.C.Raycom Sports today announced the ACC Network broadcast team for the 2015 ACC football season. Veteran ACC Network announcer Tim Brant will handle full play-by-play duties, teaming up with Dave Archer, who begins his sixth season as analyst for ACC telecasts. Roddy Jones will join the ACC Network team as sideline reporter. In addition, Katie Witham will join Tommy Bowden in the studio for the ACC Blitz powered by Ram Trucks.

Tim Brant has spent nearly forty years covering sports for Raycom, CBS and ABC Sports. He has served many roles throughout his career including sideline reporter, analyst and play-by-play. He is a veteran of two Olympics and was a fixture in Washington, DC as the morning co-host for ABC-owned WMAL Radio and then Sports Director for ABC 7/WJLA-TV. A star linebacker and defensive captain at Maryland, he was with the Washington Redskins before a career-ending knee injury.

Dave Archer was part of Raycom’s SEC broadcasts for seven seasons before joining the ACC Network team in 2010. Since 2003 he has also served as a radio analyst for the Atlanta Falcons. An eight-year veteran of the NFL, he played quarterback for the Falcons, Redskins, Chargers and Eagles. He also played 5 years in the CFL and one in the WLAF, where he won a World Bowl championship and was the game MVP. Archer played collegiately at Iowa St. and was inducted into the ISU Hall of Fame in 2005.

Roddy Jones begins his first year as sideline reporter after serving as analyst for Georgia Tech football radio broadcasts and working on ACC baseball broadcasts on ESPN3. He entered broadcasting after a distinguished career at Georgia Tech. As a running back for the Yellow Jackets, Jones was named to the Academic All-ACC team three times while earning both his undergraduate degree and MBA at Tech. He finished his career in the Top 15 in Tech history in rushing yards, and atop the record books in Yards Per Attempt (7.59) and Career Games Started (52). Jones also spent two years as a member of the Georgia Tech Baseball team.

Katie Witham begins her first season as host of the ACC Blitz powered by Ram Trucks. The Emmy and Telly award winning on-air talent has been in broadcasting since 2005, working as an anchor, sideline reporter, analyst and host for the Cleveland Indians, Columbus Crew, Fox SportsTime Ohio, Big Ten Network, Fox Sports South, MLS and Fox Sports 1. Witham is a graduate of Capital University, where she was co-captain of the soccer team and won all-conference athletic and academic honors. She also coached collegiate soccer and high school softball.

Tommy Bowden is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, posting a 72-45 record as the head coach for Clemson University in almost ten seasons. The Tigers were bowl eligible every year he coached at Death Valley. Prior to Clemson, he led Tulane University to an 18-4 record over two seasons and earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. His 1998 Tulane squad went 12–0 and achieved a top-10 final ranking in both polls. Bowden is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he played wide receiver.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. In a partnership with ESPN and the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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North Little Rock, AR – Alliance Productions announced today that Raycom Sports, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has joined Alliance as a partner to provide mobile television facilities throughout North America.  Raycom owns and operates two High Definition Mobile Units and two HD KU Uplink trucks.

“Raycom is a highly respected name throughout the industry and Alliance is proud to add them to our overall facilities lineup,” said Craig Farrell, President, Alliance Productions. “Raycom brings a wide variety of services and experience that will improve our ability to serve our clients and develop new business.”

“Raycom Sports is very excited to join Alliance Productions,” said Charles Moye, Technical Operations Manager, Raycom Sports. “We have a long-standing relationship and have depended on them to supply state of the art HD mobile units for our college football and basketball shows. Joining Alliance will strengthen our relationship with their partners, who collectively bring a wealth of knowledge about the remote business to the table. We appreciate the opportunity to represent Alliance Productions and look forward to growing our business together.”

Founded in 1979, Raycom Sports is a production, syndication, distribution, and event management company with over 30 years of experience and a reputation of being one of the nation’s finest independent sports syndicators and producers. With deep roots in college football and basketball, Raycom offers a vast array of opportunities in sports and entertainment on the local, regional and national level.

Raycom Sports currently offers two 53-foot expando HD Mobile Units:  RHD1 and RHD2. Both trucks are well-equipped for multi-level productions and include GVG Kayenne switchers, Calrec audio consoles, nine Sony HDC cameras, Canon lenses, up to 20 channels of EVS, Evertz routing systems, Chyron Duet Hyper X-3, virtual monitor walls and will operate on either fiber or triax.

Recognized as an industry leader in multi-level facilities and overall client satisfaction, Alliance Productions works closely with broadcasters on a national, regional and local level to provide clients with an efficient and appropriate level of services and support.  Alliance Productions is the largest partnership of mobile truck providers in North America and now includes twelve partner companies.  For more information about facilities available from Alliance Productions and Raycom Sports, visit:  www.allianceproductions.com  and www.raycomsports.com,

Contacts:
Chuck McKean            Director, PR & Business Development, Alliance Productions
(501) 823-2129           chuck@allianceproductions.com

Charles Moye              Technical Operations Manager, Raycom Sports
(704) 374-3829           cmoye@raycomsports.com

Frank Kay                    Director of Communications, Raycom Sports
(704) 378-4428           fkay@raycomsports.com

YouTube turns 10 years old this May.

And the ACC Digital Network has created a strong presence on YouTube ever since joining in July of 2012.

With just over 7,500 videos and 35,000 subscribers, the ACCDN is the official YouTube home for all of the best ACC action. In light of this anniversary, the ACCDN has put together a Top 10 list of our favorite ACC YouTube videos. These videos range from action-packed highlights to viral and funny clips.  

For more ACC highlights, moments and access, please subscribe to the ACCDN Channel today: 

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1.) Jameis Winston vs Tajh Boyd: The Video Game (Published on Oct 8, 2013)

Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd were two of the hottest QB’s in the ACC and in all of college football in 2013. In week 5 of the 2013 season, both QB’s put up video game type numbers in dominating wins. The ACCDN put together a really neat “Video Game” piece where the QB’s face-off against each other.

2.) The Hall of Famers | Good Friends (Published on Jun 25, 2014)

ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel sits down with Hall of Famers Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim to share some more memorable stories. Listen as the coaches talk about the friendship and bond developed between them over years of coaching.

3.) North Carolina vs Duke Hype Video (Published on Feb 14, 2015)

It’s the best rivalry in college sports. This hype video was released this past season when Duke hosted UNC in the ultimate rivalry game. Get hyped for the game as we take a look at the epic players and games in this Tobacco Road tilt!

4.) Draw my life – Jeff Fischel (July 16, 2013)

Meet Jeff Fischel, the host of the ACC Digital Network, the best job in college sports. From Hollywood beginnings, to making Michael Jordan angry, to a life filled with Star Wars and hoops, meet the most interesting man in digital sports media.

5.) Sports Announcer Fail! (Published on Mar 26, 2013)

Mike Hogewood took a tumble in our ACCDN blooper. This video went viral fast, making it all the way to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Luckily Mike was a great sport about it all.

6.) Jameis Winston Goofs on Clinton’s Corner (Published on Jul 20, 2014)

While spending time at ACC Kickoff Florida State QB Jameis Winston sat down with ACC Digital Network analyst and Miami great Clinton Portis. Can the Heisman winner handle the heat on Clinton’s Corner?

7.) Best of the ACCDN Photo Booth | ACC Football Kickoff (Published on Jul 24, 2013)

The ACC Digital Network Photo Booth was a huge hit with the coaches and players at ACC Football Kickoff. We take a look back at some of our favorite pictures and videos from the weekend in Greensboro, N.C.

8.) Introducing Red Lightning (Published on Dec 7, 2013)

Florida State’s ballboy known as “Red Lightning” became a celebrity across the college football landscape. During Saturday night’s ACC Championship game, Red Lightning was first on the scene to help Jameis Winston up after a late hit near the Duke sideline.

9.) The Fake Punt at the Boston College Game (Published on Aug 31, 2013)

On Villanova’s first drive of the game against Boston College, Jamal Abdur-Rahman ran for a touchdown on a fake punt to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead. Watch as the cameraman gets fooled when Abdur-Rahman holds on to the ball!

10.) Shane Larkin dunk: Lebron & D-Wade Sighting (Published on Feb 9, 2013)

The Miami Hurricanes steam-rolled the North Carolina Tar Heels 87-61 Saturday afternoon, and one of the highlights that stole the show was Shane Larkin’s alley-oop off the backboard to Kenny Kadji…check it out!

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CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the recipients of its 2015 Golden Anniversary Awards, today. The Golden Anniversary Award is a unique award recognizing those individuals, companies and organizations that have had significant impact on NACDA over its first 50 years. Honorees will be recognized at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Luncheon, in conjunction with NACDA’s 50th Anniversary Convention on Tuesday, June 16 in Orlando, Fla.

Honorees include the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), represented by Grant Teaff; Collegiate Licensing Company, represented by Pat Battle; Host Communications, represented by Jim Host; John McLendon Minority Foundation, represented by NACDA Past President Kevin Anderson; NACDA Exhibitors, represented by Kathy Polanshek for NACDA Insurance; NAIA, represented by Jim Carr;National Football Foundation, represented by Steve Hatchell; NATYCAA, represented by Vin Cullen; NCAA, represented by Mark Emmert; Raycom Sports, represented by Ken Haines; SportsBusiness Journal, represented by Richard Weiss; and USA TODAY, represented by Tom O’Toole.

Raycom Sports — Ken Haines
Ken Haines has been a dear friend of NACDA since 1983. Always behind the scenes, Haines assisted NACDA as an unpaid media consultant in all of our Kickoff and Pigskin Classic preseason football games. Proceeds from those games, in excess of $8 million through the years, had NACDA as the secondary charity, and greatly enhanced the financial status of the National Football Foundation (Kickoff) and American Football Coaches Association (Pigskin). In addition, since 1994 Raycom Sports has been sponsoring NACDA’s Final Four pregame reception, and under Haines’ guidance, Raycom became a sponsor at this year’s inaugural NACDA/FBS Leadership Summit.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 50th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 5,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.

Raycom Sports, in conjunction with USG, will host the 2015 NACDA Final Four Party on Saturday, April 4 in Indianapolis. This is the 22nd straight year that Raycom has put on the event with NACDA.

Online Coverage and Updated Mobile Apps Bring Action Directly to Fans   

 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – ACC Digital announced today an extensive, multiplatform coverage plan for the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament during March 10-14. The expanded coverage will be available online through TheACC.com and the ACC Digital Network (ACCDN), as well as through mobile devices.

The 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament will be online for free, with the ACC Network syndicated telecasts streamed live on TheACC.com and on the ACC Sports Mobile App. Postgame press conferences will also be streamed live on the ACCDN, and available for download on Livestream.

The ACCDN will have extensive coverage of every game from the tournament. Hosts Jeff Fischel and Courtney Cox will be joined by former ACC greats Jason Capel from North Carolina and Drew Barry from Georgia Tech. Coverage will include Game Previews, Official Highlights, Must See Moments and Performances, Breakdown and Analysis, Postgame Interviews and #ACCStar. All ACCDN videos are viewable on theACC.com, the ACC mobile and tablet app, as well as various streaming and connected mobile and TV devices, or fans can subscribe to www.youtube.com/accdn.

A pair of free mobile Apps, the ACC Sports Mobile App and the ACC Gameday App, will give access to content from the ACCDN. Both can be found as a free download in both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. The ACC Sports Mobile App will provide live game streams and real-time scores, stats, news and highlights.

The ACC Gameday App is an in-depth event resource for fans in town for the tournament, including a fan guide with tournament and FanFest activity times and locations, and information on the ACC Legends Class of 2015. It also has need-to-know information about the Greensboro Coliseum and the Greensboro Area including maps and parking, weather alerts, and real-time social streams from Instagram and Twitter. It includes an ACC Experience App section, where fans may view and bid on unique experiences available at the tournament.

TheACC.com will host the ACC Social Hub within its tournament coverage, updated with real-time relevant content featuring the tournament and schools competing. The Social Hub will aggregate social media content from Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Facebook, giving fans access to all the sights, sounds and buzz during the tournament. Fans will be able to customize their experience sorting content by school, or get all content associated with the tournament. A social polling feature will allow fans to vote on who they think will win. During tournament play, Social Hub will feature a live video window to let fans watch the games while keeping up with social chatter all in one site.

ACC Digital is a part of Charlotte-based Raycom Sports, a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current digital and syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network and ACC Digital, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

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Series Features Unique Stories with Some of the Biggest Names in ACC Basketball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The third episode of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “Havoline Kings of the Court,” will begin airing this weekend and throughout the month of March. Hosted by former University of Virginia star and 8-year NBA guard, Cory Alexander, the series is syndicated throughout the ACC Network to over 100 television markets.

The final show of the season features Duke legend Christian Laettner. One of the greatest college players of all time, Laettner led the Blue Devils to back-to-back NCAA National Championships. But his desire for greatness polarized perceptions of him personally. Laettner talks about how his competitive nature was developed as a youth in Angola, N.Y., and how his work ethic translated into success on the court. Hear how he grew from a freshman learning from senior teammates into a senior leader at Duke.

Then spend time with NC State standout Dereck Whittenburg. Known as the heart of the “Cardiac Pack,” Whittenburg helped his team win the 1983 national championship. But it was his relationship with head coach Jim Valvano that was the driving force for success. Growing up outside Washington, D.C., Whittenburg was heavily influenced by his parents. Their decision to enroll him at DeMatha Catholic High School paired him with future NC State teammate Sidney Lowe. Both players chose to play for the Wolfpack and, after Valvano’s hiring, realized they were building something special. Hear from Whittenburg as he describes the foundation of that national championship team.

Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series, “Havoline Kings of the Courtis dedicated to spotlighting the continued tradition of excellence that is Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. The series, three monthly half-hour shows, goes beyond the game to tell the unique story of a player or coach, and how they made a name for themselves in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

For complete information on “Havoline Kings of the Court,” including airdates and times, station affiliates and platforms, visit theACC.com/kings.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.

In a partnership with ESPN and the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

 

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RAYBURN CHOSEN AS FRANCIS AWARD WINNER

LEWISVILLE, NC – Jimmy Rayburn, the Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports, is the winner of this year’s Marvin ‘Skeeter’ Francis Award. The Francis Award recognizes individuals for distinguished service to, or coverage of, the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Rayburn joined Jefferson-Pilot Sports in 1986 as Vice President of Operations/Executive Producer. He continued under that title with Raycom Sports, after its acquisition of JP Sports in 2007. He was promoted to COO of Raycom Sports in 2012.

Rayburn has overseen all production and operation elements for Raycom Sports, including staffing, logistics, asset management and allocation, and talent management. He has served as executive producer for ACC and SEC college football and basketball games, as well as other sports and entertainment programming.

Rayburn was graduated from the University of Tennessee and earned his graduate degree in Sports Management from Ohio University. He is a native of Manchester, TN, and lives in Charlotte with his wife Beth. They have two children, Joe and Rachel.

The Award is named after Marvin ‘Skeeter’ Francis, who served as the longtime sports information director at Wake Forest and the first administrator of the ACC’s media services division. It will be presented during the ACC Tournament semifinals on March 13 in Greensboro, NC.

SKEETER FRANCIS AWARD WINNERS

2015       Jimmy Rayburn

2014       Brian Morrison

2013       Lenox Rawlings

2012       Caulton Tudor

2011       Johnny Holliday

2010       Jim Thacker

2009       Bob Harris

2008       Frank Weedon

2007       Tom Mickle

2006       Gene Corrigan

2005       Billy Packer

2004       Bob Jordan

2003       John Feinstein

2002       Rick Brewer

                Woody Durham

2001       Furman Bisher

2000       Ron Green Sr.

1999       Jim Phillips

1998       Bill Brill

1997       Irwin Smallwood

1996       Dick Herbert

1995       Mary Garber

                Smith Barrier

1993       joe f. blair

1992       Hugh Morton

1991       C.D. Chesley

1990       Bob Bradley

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