ESPN College GameDay Coming to Ann Arbor for Contest with Notre Dame

Aug. 5, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN College Football GameDay will make a return trip to Ann Arbor, for the first time since the 2007 season, when Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the "Under the Lights" matchup on Saturday, Sept. 10, the cable network announced today (Friday, Aug. 5). The U-M/Notre Dame game kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT and will be televised on ESPN. Former U-M Heisman Trophy winner (1991) and current ESPN College Football GameDay analyst Desmond Howard will be honored in conjunction with the game.

The Wolverines, who are 13-7 all-time when GameDay is present, will be making their first appearance on the morning preview show since hosting Ohio State on Nov. 17, 2007. This also will be the 10th time GameDay visits Ann Arbor, as U-M is 7-2 at the "Big House." The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry has been showcased four other times by ESPN, including twice in Ann Arbor. The last time ESPN was at a Wolverine-Fighting Irish tilt was on Sept. 13, 2003, when No. 5 Michigan defeated No. 15 Notre Dame, 38-0.

Howard, a 1991 consensus All-American, was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as the only Heisman Trophy winner in the 14-member class. He became the first receiver in history to lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring and he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records during his senior year.

The exact location of the award winning college football show will be announced at a future date.

ESPN GameDay at Michigan Football Games
13-7 All-Time Record

Sept. 10, 19946/3Notre Dame Away W, 26-24
Oct. 15, 1994 5/3Penn StateHome L, 24-31
Sept. 14, 199611/5ColoradoAway W, 20-13
Sept. 13, 199714/8ColoradoHome W, 27-3
Oct. 25, 19975/15Michigan StateAway W, 23-7
Nov. 8, 19974/3Penn StateAway W, 34-8
Nov. 22, 19971/4Ohio StateHome W, 20-14
Jan. 1, 19981/8Washington State Neutral W, 21-16
Sept. 5, 19985/22Notre DameAway L, 20-36
Sept. 4, 19997/16Notre DameHome W, 26-22
Sept. 25, 19994/20WisconsinAway W, 21-16
Oct. 9, 19993/11Michigan StateAway L, 31-34
Sept. 30, 20009/17WisconsinHome W, 13-10
Aug. 31, 200213/11WashingtonHome W, 31-29
Nov. 23, 200212/2Ohio StateAway L, 9-14
Sept. 13, 20035/15Notre DameHome W, 38-0
Nov. 22, 20035/4Ohio StateHome W, 35-21
Jan. 1, 20044/1Southern CaliforniaNeutral L, 14-28
Nov. 18, 20062/1Ohio StateAway L, 39-42
Nov. 17, 200723/7Ohio State Home L, 3-14

Desmond Howard talked about the announcement that GameDay is coming to Ann Arbor for the first-ever night game against Notre Dame on Sept. 10., when the athletic department will be honoring him for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

About bring game day back to Ann Arbor ... "This is exciting to be able to have GameDay at Michigan's first night game. This is what a lot of people have been hoping for. It's historic and the only thing that would have been better for me was if I was playing in this first night game. This is going to be as exciting as it gets during the regular season."

How special is having game day back on campus the day you are being honored? ... "Ann Arbor is a place that will always be special to my heart. To be able to bring the game day crew to broadcast from the Big House is tremendous for me and it's special to be able to share this moment with a lot of people that have been a part of my tenure while at the University of Michigan."

How will your colleagues at game day react to the announcement that game day is coming to Ann Arbor the day you are being honored? ... "I don't think people understand, but the people that I work with on game day, both in front of the camera and behind the camera, are all family. We are all supportive of each other. I don't think they could be any happier for me and more supportive of this broadcast in Ann Arbor. They are going to be elated that we are in Ann Arbor for the night game and for the day in which I get honored by the university. We are a very close knit group and they have been so supportive of me and each other. It's special. This is going to be a special day and this just made it even more special."

How has your family reacted to the announcement that game day will be in Ann Arbor? ... "(Laughing) They don't know yet. They are going to be ecstatic. It doesn't get any better than this to go back to Ann Arbor and do a live broadcast at one of the biggest games of the season. Obviously, it's a historic game at a historic venue. They are going to be beyond themselves."

What do you think this day will be like for you? ... "This is going to be one of those days when I will need to constantly try and keep my emotions in check. It's one of those types of experiences because of everything that has been going on so far, the hall of fame induction and the book is coming out. Being honored by the athletic department that day is special. It's almost like surreal that we are going to be there doing a broadcast so I need to really keep my emotions in check. I'm excited about it right now."

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