TV/Radio Sports: Fired Gophers coaching keep landing on TV

What happens to fired University of Minnesota head football coaches?

They join the media or more specific, do TV work on college football.

Glen Mason will start his fifth season as both a game and studio analyst for the Big Ten Network. He was fired by the Gophers following the 2006 season.

Tim Brewster, on the other hand, was fired midway through last year and now he will work with Fox Sports Net. He is scheduled to work as a sideline reporter on the FX Game of the Week along with Gus Johnson, who will do play-by-play, and Charlie Davis, who will work as a game analyst.

They'll work a 14-game schedule featuring matchups from the Big 12, Pac 12 and Conference USA, beginning on Sept. 3.


The Johnson-Davis-Brewster trio will also call one of Fox's two conference championship games, either the Pac 12 or Big 10 along with the Cotton Bowl Classic.

There will be additional weekly games on Fox Sports Net (locally Fox Sports North), featuring the Pac 12, Big 12 and Conference USA.

Fox NFL Sunday rules analyst Mike Pereira will be available live during each college football game of the week broadcasts on FX.

• The Big Ten Network will air an hour Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon special at 11 a.m. on Aug. 6. The luncheon was held Thursday in Chicago.

• It was announced earlier this week that St. Charles native Brad Nessler will work the ESPN Saturday primetime college football telecast this season, with analyst Todd Blackledge and sideline reporter Holly Rowe.

The ABC primetime game has Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews.

Urban Meyer, who resigned as Florida football coach last year, will work a Saturday noon game on ESPN with Dave Pasch and analyst Chris Spielman.

Around the tube


• The Chargers at Dallas preseason game has been moved from Saturday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Aug. 21, and will now be televised nationally on NBC beginning at 7 p.m. That game replaces the cancelled Pro Football Hall of Fame game, which was previously scheduled for Aug. 7.

The first national TV preseason game is Thursday, Aug. 11 with Seattle at San Diego (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

If you're looking ahead, NBC will televise the first NFL game of the 2011 season six weeks from Thursday, with New Orleans at Green Bay on Sept. 8.

• NBC will televise the State Farm Bayou Classic football matchup between Southern University and Grambling State through the 2012 game. NBC has broadcast the Bayou Classic, which takes place annually on Thanksgiving weekend, since 1991.

• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to ESPN this week with a biggie, the Brickyard 400 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show airs at 11 a.m. with the green flag at 12:19 p.m.

Dale Jarrett, who is now an analyst with ESPN, is a two-time winner of the Brickyard 400. He was asked last week to rank those two wins.

"Near the top for sure, '' he said. " Just the history itself of this race track, it was such an honor to be able to come here and race and have that opportunity, but then to go to victory lane where I know that some of the most talented race car drivers and respected race car drivers in the world have been."

The Indianapolis race is the first of 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup events on ESPN networks to close out the 2011 NASCAR season, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.


• The one-year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games was on Wednesday. Do you think NBC, which will televise the Games,  and its family of networks will remind you of that between now and then?


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