CBS Sports Unveils ’11 CFB Schedule And Rich Rodriguez
CBS Sports Network kicks off its ninth season of college football coverage with a lineup of 42 games and some new on-air talent, including former University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez, who was fired last January.
Rodriguez spent three seasons at Michigan, compiling a 15-22 record. In seven seasons prior to that as head coach at West Virginia he was 60-26. The Michigan football program in 2010 was hit with NCAA sanctions for the first time in its history due to rules violations while Rodriguez was coach. Rodriguez teams with play-by-play announcer Dave Ryan to call Conference USA and Mountain West games.
CBS’ schedule includes games from the Mountain West, Conference USA, Army and Navy football, NCAA Division II and the Patriot League.
CBS Sports and Showtime this season also are working on a docu-drama about the Army-Navy showdown, A Game of Honor,which will premiere on Showtime on Dec. 21.
National coverage on CBS begins Thursday, Sept. 1 (U. Mass at Holy Cross) and Sept. 3 (Delaware at Navy). It concludes on Dec. 3 (Fresno State at San Diego State).
Miley Cyrus Bowling Balls Beat Beiber, Gaga, Jordan
Singer/actress Miley Cyrus has been inducted into induction into the Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame, beating out the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Michael Jordan. She will have a spot in the Celebrity Wing of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, which is located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, TX.
Voting was conducted on-line among fans and others. According to the Hall of Fame, Cyrus was selected for her “public support of bowling over the past year.”
Bieber came in second in the voting for the second year, losing out in 2010 to Taylor Swift.
“We knew that with mega stars such as Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber in our line-up that this year’s race would be a close one,” Steve Johnson, executive director of the Bowling Propreitors’ Association of America, said in a statement. “We are honored to welcome her into the Hall of Fame and grateful for her support of the great sport of bowling.”
Final voting percentages among the ten 2011 Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame nominees:
1. Miley Cyrus 42%
2. Justin Bieber 30%
3. Nick and Joe Jonas 10%
4. Jeff Bridges 5%
5. Lady Gaga 3%
6. Bill Murray 1%
7. Lil Wayne 1%
8. Michael Jordan 1%
9. Jimmy Fallon 1%
10. Kim Kardashian 1%
Warrior MMA Movie Gets National Support
The MMA-based film Warrior, scheduled for national release Sept. 9 from Lionsgate, now has marketing support from “We Are All Warriors,” a national grassroots and online initiative intended to “identify everyday heroes – the real life warriors among us.”
People are being directed to www.WeAreAllWarriors.com, to nominate and vote for heroes in real life, including teachers, firefighters, cops, soldiers and others. “We Are All Warriors” is being promoted through media, corporate and non-profit partnerships on both national and local levels, including such social media destinations as Facebook and Twitter.
A national promotion with AMC Theatres centers around a sweepstakes where one everyday warrior will receive a free hometown premiere of the film at the nearest AMC theaters. Warrior stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison and Nick Nolte.
Jets’ Mark Sanchez Returning to Los Angeles, Via Radio
ESPN LA has reached an agreement with the Jets to broadcast the team’s games during the upcoming NFL season. All 16 regular-season games will air live on 710 ESPN, beginning with the Jets’ Sept. 11 match-up with the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s an honor to be able to bring Mark Sanchez back to L.A. and back to his huge local fan base,” Scott McCarthy, vp/GM for ESPN LA, said in a statement about the former USC quarterback and Orange County native. “There is tremendous passion for the NFL here in L.A., and this partnership with an elite franchise will further energize the Southland’s sizable population of football fans, who continue to express excitement about the potential return of an NFL team to the region.”
“I’m happy that Jets fans in the L.A. area will now be a part of our 2011 season,” said Sanchez, who earned Offensive MVP honors with a 413-yard performance in the 2009 Rose Bowl victory over Penn State.
The ESPN broadcasts will feature the play-by-play tandem of Bob Wischusen and Marty Lyons, who are in their tenth season together as the voices of the Jets on ESPN New York 1050.