SEC Network Hires Gail Goestenkors; Announces Roster of Women’s Basketball Commentators

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SEC Network Hires Gail Goestenkors; Announces Roster of Women’s Basketball Commentators

SEC Network has hired Gail Goestenkors as part of a staple of women’s basketball commentators set to cover more than 190 Southeastern Conference games scheduled across the network’s television and digital platforms this season. The newly launched SEC Network will air more than 60 games on television this season with a doubleheader every Sunday and Thursday and a Women’s Game of the Week every Monday. In addition, SEC Network will carry more than 130 games as digitally exclusive SEC Network + events available on WatchESPN and The network will also televise the first, second and quarterfinal rounds of the SEC Women’s Tournament.

Commentators utilized for in-game analysis or in surrounding studio discussion will include:

SEC Network Women’s Basketball Play-by-Play Commentators:

  • Paul Sunderland an Olympic athlete, Sunderland has built a versatile broadcasting career covering professional, collegiate and Olympic sports over nearly 20 years
  • Cara Capuanohas covered women’s sports at ESPN for ten years in addition to her sideline and studio roles, Cara will now cover SEC Network women’s basketball games
  • Brenda VanLengen – a two-time All-American and a basketball coach for eight season, VanLengen has provided commentary for ESPN since 1996


SEC Network Women’s Basketball Analysts

  • Debbie Antonelli– former NC State forward, Antonelli has covered ESPN’s NCAA Women’s Tournament coverage for nearly 15 years. She will now provide weekly analysis for SEC Network
  • Nell Fortner– former Auburn Coach and USA Basketball Coach for the 2000 Olympic Games, Fortner will provide analysis for SEC Network games and studio
  • Gail Goestenkors – former Duke and Texas women’s basketball coach, Goestenkors had seven consecutive 30-win seasons and was the AP National Coach of the Year in 2007. SEC Network will mark her first role as an analyst. She will contribute to other ESPN networks as well
  • Carolyn Peckan accomplished figure in women’s basketball, Peck returned to ESPN in 2007 after coaching at the University of Florida. She played at Vanderbilt University and was also a coaching assistant at Tennessee and Kentucky and won a national title with Purdue in 1999. Peck will continue to contribute across ESPN networks, espnW and now SEC Network
  • Steffi Sorensen– former Florida team captain in 2010, Sorensen will provide analysis for women’s basketball as a recent SEC student-athlete
  • Carol Ross–Ross played guard at Ole Miss and was the head women’s basketball coach at Florida and Ole Miss where she was recognized at the SEC Coach of the Year (2004). After recently coaching in the WNBA, Ross returns to the ESPN to provide SEC coaching and player perspective to SEC Network

Full SEC Network television Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Sun, Nov 16 8 p.m. Duke at Alabama
Thu, Nov 20 7 p.m. Clemson at South Carolina
Sun, Nov 30 1 p.m. Duke at Texas A&M
Mon, Dec 1 9 p.m. Virginia Tech at Florida
Wed, Dec 3 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at LSU
Thu, Dec 4 8 p.m. Charlotte at South Carolina
Sun, Dec. 7 4 p.m. Michigan State at Georgia
Wed, Dec 10 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Florida
Fri, Dec 12 9 p.m. Middle Tennessee State at Kentucky
Sun, Dec 14 1 p.m. Mercer at Alabama
  6 p.m. Belmont at Kentucky
Tue, Dec 16 7 p.m. Wichita State at Tennessee
Sat, Dec 20 1 p.m. Stanford at Tennessee
Sun, Dec 21 1:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Texas vs. Texas A&M (Little Rock, Ark.)
  3:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Oklahoma vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)
Sun, Dec 28 1 p.m. Oregon State at Tennessee
Fri, Jan 2 7 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina
  9 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee
Sun, Jan 4 2 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky
  4 p.m. Florida at Auburn
Mon, Jan 5 7 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Thu, Jan 8 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee
  9 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU
Sun, Jan 11 2 p.m. Georgia at Auburn
  4 p.m. Florida at Missouri
Thu, Jan 15 7 p.m. Florida at Kentucky
  9 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri
Sun, Jan 18 3 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas
  5 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M
Mon, Jan 19 7 p.m. South Carolina at Florida
Thu, Jan 22 7 p.m. LSU at Tennessee
  9 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Sun, Jan 25 2 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee
  4 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri
Mon, Jan 26 9 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn
Thu, Jan 29 7 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky
  9 p.m. Ole Miss at LSU
Sun, Feb 1 1 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Tennessee
Mon, Feb 2 7 p.m. Missouri at LSU
Thu, Feb 5 7 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia
  9 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri
Sun, Feb 8 1 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt
  3 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State
  5 p.m. Alabama at LSU
Mon, Feb 9 7 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas
Thu, Feb 12 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky
  9 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M
Sun, Feb 15 2 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn
  4 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State
Mon, Feb 16 7 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M
Thu, Feb 19 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Florida
  9 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
Sun, Feb 22 2 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt
  4 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M
Mon, Feb 23 7 p.m. Kentucky at Ole Miss
Thu, Feb 26 7 p.m. Florida at Alabama
  9 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia
Sun, Mar 1 3 p.m. Georgia at Florida
  5 p.m. Vanderbilt at Tennessee


The schedule of SEC Network + games available on and WatchESPN can be found here.

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC and will carry the television network nationwide at launch. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.


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Gracie Blackburn

Gracie is the Communications Manager for ESPN’s College Networks. She handles all media requests and questions concerning SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Gracie also supports on college sports airing across ESPN networks.
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