Nov. 16, 2005
Bristol, CT - Every ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU men's college basketball telecast (begun Nov. 14) will include an ESPNU's Pride of the Program segment celebrating an historic moment from each of the 326 Division I programs in alphabetical order. From Air Force on November 14 (during Boston University at Duke on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET) to Youngstown State on March 30 (during the NIT championship on ESPN at 7 p.m.), the season-long initiative will offer fans 30-second vignettes looking back at a significant event in each school's history.
The moments, which will be narrated by the on-site game commentators and may include a combination of video and photography, can be from any time in the history of the program. A list of teams with their ESPNU Pride of the Program date is below (specific moments will be announced throughout the season).
"Every program has a story to tell and this will serve as a platform to recognize each school nationally," said Dan Steir, ESPN coordinating producer. "ESPNU's Pride of the Program is an all-inclusive diverse initiative that celebrates the passion and tradition of men's college basketball while giving the sports fan a history trip down memory lane."
The moments, with narration by ESPNU's Mike Hall, will be available throughout the season after the original airing via ESPN360, ESPN.com and Mobile ESPN.
From great shots to the memorable players and coaches to the improbable victories, ESPNU's Pride of the Program will encompass the best of the best from the history of college basketball. Select moments will include (air date):
Oldest Moment Jan. 16, 1925: Fordham opens Rose Hill Gym (January 5)
Newest Moment March 18, 2005: Bucknell defeats Kansas (November 25)
Big Upsets April 1, 1985: Villanova over Georgetown (March 11) March 14, 1991: Richmond over Syracuse (February 22) March 15, 2001: Hampton over Iowa State (January 11)
Great Players Artis Gilmore (Jacksonville State - January 19) Pete Maravich (LSU - January 28) Bill Walton (UCLA - March 10)
Great Coaches Clair Bee (Long Island - January 24) Bob Knight (Army - November 21) Rick Pitino (Boston University - November 23) Unforgettable March 26, 1990: Loyola Marymount's Bo Kimble shoots free throws one-handed in honor of Hank Gathers (January 28) March 26, 1979: Magic Johnson and Michigan State defeats Larry Bird and Indiana State in the NCAA championship game (February 1)
Improbable March 14, 1981: Kentucky comes back from 31 points down in second half to beat LSU (January 21) March 14, 1996: Princeton's back-door on final play beats defending champ UCLA (February 20) Feb. 12, 2005: Pacific comes back from eight-point deficit with 33 seconds left to beat Utah State (February 18)
Big Shots March 14, 1981: Rolando Blackman - Kansas State beats Oregon State (January 20) March 19, 1981: Danny Ainge - BYU beats Notre Dame to advance to Sweet 16 (November 26) March 22, 1990 Tate George - Connecticut beats Clemson to advance to Elite 8 (December 10)
ESPNU's Pride of the Program schools in alphabetical order (air dates)
Air Force (Nov. 14) Akron (Nov. 15) Alabama (Nov. 16) Alabama A&M (Nov. 17) Alabama State (Nov. 17) Albany (Nov. 17) Alcorn State (Nov. 17) American (Nov. 18) Appalachian State (Nov. 18) Arizona (Nov. 19) Arizona State (Nov. 21) Arkansas (Nov. 21) Arkansas-Little Rock (Nov. 21) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 21) Arkansas State (Nov. 21) Army (Nov. 21) Auburn (Nov. 22) Austin Peay (Nov. 22) Ball State (Nov. 22) Baylor (Nov. 22) Belmont (Nov. 22) Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 22) Binghamton (Nov. 23) Birmingham-Southern (Nov. 23) Boise State (Nov. 23) Boston College (Nov. 23) Boston University (Nov. 23) Bowling Green (Nov. 23) Bradley (Nov. 23) Brown (Nov. 24) Bucknell (Nov. 25) Buffalo (Nov. 25) Butler (Nov. 25) BYU (Nov. 26) Cal Poly (Nov. 28) Cal-State Fullerton (Nov. 29) Cal-State Northridge (Nov. 29) California (Nov. 29) Campbell (Nov. 29) Canisius (Nov. 29) Centenary (Nov. 30) Central Connecticut State (Nov. 30) Central Florida (Nov. 30) Central Michigan (Nov. 30) College of Charleston (Nov. 30) Charleston Southern (Dec. 1) Charlotte (Dec. 3) Chattanooga (Dec. 3) Chicago State (Dec. 3) Cincinnati (Dec. 3) The Citadel (Dec. 6) Clemson (Dec. 6) Cleveland State (Dec. 6) Coastal Carolina (Dec. 7) Colgate (Dec. 7) Colorado (Dec. 7) Colorado State (Dec. 8) Columbia (Dec. 8) Connecticut (Dec. 10) Coppin State (Dec. 10) Cornell (Dec. 10) Creighton (Dec. 10) Dartmouth (Dec. 10) Davidson (Dec. 13) Dayton (Dec. 17) Delaware (Dec. 17) Delaware State (Dec. 16) Denver (Dec. 17) DePaul (Dec. 17) Detroit (Dec. 17) Drake (Dec. 17) Drexel (Dec. 18) Duke (Dec. 19) Duquesne (Dec. 19) East Carolina (Dec. 21) East Tennessee State (Dec. 21) Eastern Illinois (Dec. 21) Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 22) Eastern Michigan (Dec. 22) Eastern Washington (Dec. 27) Elon (Dec. 28) Evansville (Dec. 29) Fairfield (Dec. 30) Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 31) Florida (Dec. 31) Florida A&M (Jan. 2) Florida Atlantic (Jan. 2) Florida International (Jan. 5) Florida State (Jan. 5) Fordham (Jan. 5) Fresno State (Jan. 5) Furman (Jan. 7) Gardner-Webb (Jan. 7) George Mason (Jan. 7) George Washington (Jan. 7) Georgetown (Jan. 9) Georgia (Jan. 9) Georgia Southern (Jan. 9) Georgia State (Jan. 10) Georgia Tech (Jan. 10) Gonzaga (Jan. 10) Grambling State (Jan. 11) Hampton (Jan. 11) Hartford (Jan. 11) Harvard (Jan. 11) Hawaii (Jan. 11) High Point (Jan. 11) Hofstra (Jan. 12) Holy Cross (Jan. 14) Houston (Jan. 14) Howard (Jan. 14) Idaho (Jan. 14) Idaho State (Jan. 14) Illinois (Jan. 14) Illinois-Chicago (Jan. 14) Illinois State (Jan. 16) Indiana (Jan. 16) Indiana State (Jan. 16) Iona (Jan. 16) Iowa (Jan. 17) Iowa State (Jan. 17) IPFW (Jan. 17) IUPUI (Jan. 17) Jackson State (Jan. 18) Jacksonville (Jan. 18) Jacksonville State (Jan. 19) James Madison (Jan. 19)