SEC Schools Name Representatives for their “Takeover” of SEC Network

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SEC Schools Name Representatives for their “Takeover” of SEC Network

SEC Network is turning its television schedule over to each of the 14 institutions in the Southeastern Conference in its first “SEC Network Takeover” initiative. Beginning Monday, June 29 (full schedule), each school will personally choose what airs on the television channel for 24 consecutive hours. Programming may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content.

Each school has selected a representative to aid in the task. Representatives are:

  • Mark Ingram (Alabama), Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy winner and former running back for the 2010 BCS National Championship team; first round draft pick, currently playing for the New Orleans Saints
  • Coach Jimmy Dykes (Arkansas), former Arkansas basketball player under Coach Eddie Sutton, ESPN Analyst, currently the Women’s Basketball Head Coach for the Razorbacks
  • Coach Bruce Pearl (Auburn), current Men’s Basketball Head Coach for the Auburn Tigers and former ESPN Analyst
  • Titus O’Neil (Florida), former football player (Thaddeus Bullard) and UF Student Body Vice President in 2000, current WWE Tag Team World Champion
  • D.J. Shockley (Georgia), former Georgia Quarterback and MVP in the 2005 SEC Championship Game win
  • Coach John Calipari & Coach Mark Stoops (Kentucky), current Men’s Basketball and Football Head Coaches
  • Alex Bregman (LSU), second pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft – highest ever drafted position player in LSU history – and finalist for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award
  • Dak Prescott & Coach Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), current Bulldogs quarterback – owner of several school records including total touchdowns and offensive yards – and Mississippi State’s football head coach
  • John Anderson (Missouri), ESPN SportsCenter anchor and Missouri Tiger alum
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy (Ole Miss), legal guardian of Super Bowl champion and first round draft pick Michael Oher, most notably known for Sandra Bullock’s depiction of her life in the film The Blind Side
  • President Harris Pastides & AD Ray Tanner (South Carolina), current President of the University of South Carolina and former two-time national championship winning baseball coach and current Athletic Director
  • Inky Johnson (Tennessee), former Tennessee football player turned author and inspirational speaker after suffering a life-threatening injury on the football field
  • Kayce Smith (Texas A&M), SEC Network sideline reporter and former student of Texas A&M (Class of 2012)
  • David Price (Vanderbilt), first overall draft pick of the 2007 MLB Draft, winner of the 2012 Cy Young Award and current pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
School Representative Takeover day
Alabama Mark Ingram June 29
Arkansas Coach Dykes June 30
Auburn Coach Pearl July 1
Florida Titus O’Neil July 2
Georgia D.J. Shockley July 3
Kentucky Coach Calipari & Coach Stoops July 4
LSU Alex Bregman July 5
Mississippi State Dak Prescott & Coach Mullen July 6
Missouri John Anderson July 7
Ole Miss Leigh Anne Tuohy July 8
South Carolina President Pastides & Ray Tanner July 9
Tennessee Inky Johnson July 10
Texas A&M Kayce Smith July 11
Vanderbilt David Price July 12


In addition to selecting what airs on television, each school will also be tweeting throughout the day from the SEC Network’s account.


About SEC Network Takeover

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content.  In addition to delivering the ultimate day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the its first year. The network televises over 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 includes 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, Verizon FiOS, 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, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS 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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