The Friday night lights have gotten brighter. The 6:00 p.m. airing of SportsCenter on the Road announced earlier in the week will feature live interviews with Boston College head football coach Steve Addazio and the parents of 9/11 hero Welles Crowther, and headlines a marquee lineup of analysts and reporters familiar to the college football scene.
"Host Linday Czarniak will be joined by analysts Mack Brown, Tim Hasselbeck and Robert Smith, and ESPN NFL Nation Patriots reporter Mike Reiss and SportsCenter daily fantasy analyst Cynthia Frelund," an email from ESPN read.
Czarniak plans to host the program outside of Conte Forum and next to Maloney Hall for the first hour, where she will interview Addazio after the team does the traditional, marching band-led "Eagle Walk" from Gasson Hall to Alumni Stadium. After the first hour, Czarniak will move to inside Alumni for the last 30 minutes of the show.
The parents of former BC lacrosse player Welles Crowther, Jeff and Alison Crowther, plan to talk with Czarniak almost a week after the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Their son, Welles, was featured in the ESPN documentary The Man in the Red Bandana. He died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 after reentering the South Tower to rescue colleagues and complete strangers. The university has designated Friday night's game as the “Red Bandana Game” in honor of his memory. The first 25,000 fans to walk through the gates receive a special red bandana for the game's festivities.
Hasselbeck, now a pro football analyst for ESPN, started at quarterback for BC in 1999 and 2000. He is the younger brother to Matt Hasselbeck, the All-Pro quarterback currently second-stringing for the Indianapolis Colts.
SportsCenter on the Road originates from a number of big-time events this past year. The show made appearances at the NBA Finals, NFL Draft, Super Bowl XLIX, the College Football Playoff and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
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