Wednesday’s football: ESPN goes all-in for championship
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — ESPN will broadcast 14 alternate productions of the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night.
It will be the second year ESPN will use its so-called Megacast.
The main broadcast for No. 1 Clemson against No. 2 Alabama will be on ESPN. ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS and online streaming ESPN3 will give viewers different views and analysis.
Film Room on ESPN2 will feature commentators Brian Griese and Chris Spielman, along with Florida coach Jim McElwain, providing in-depth analysis from headquarters.
ESPNEWS will feature some non-college football personalities such as Michelle Beadle and Jay Bilas commenting on the game from Los Angeles. The SEC Network will feature the Finebaum Film Room with talk-radio host Paul Finebaum and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday that he and defensive coordinator John Jancek “have mutually agreed to part ways.”
... Former BYU receivers coach Guy Holliday has accepted the same position at Utah. Also, Lewis Powell moves from tight ends coach to defensive line coach, and Fred Whittingham Jr. takes over the tight ends.
... New Georgia coach Kirby Smart has added Scott Sinclair and Ed Ellis to his staff as strength coaches.
Roberto Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, is skipping his senior year at Florida State to enter the draft.
... Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogba, AP’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, announced via Twitter that he has declared early.
... Also leaving early are Florida safety Keanu Neal and North Carolina State tight end David J. Grinnage.
Arizona State has dismissed linebacker Ismael Murphy-Richardson after the redshirt freshman was arrested on charges of fraudulent credit card use.
... George MacIntyre, the football coach at Vanderbilt from 1979-85, has died. He was 76.
MacIntyre died Tuesday at home, according to his son Matt. MacIntyre was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than 20 years ago.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash hired Rick Mantz as his director of high school relations and named Nick Quartaro as director of player development.