Aug. 8, 2011
The University of Cincinnati football team's Sept. 22, 2011 game against NC State will be televised by ESPN 3D in addition to the previously announced ESPN and ESPN3 broadcasts.
The Bearcats, scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff with the Wolfpack inside Nippert Stadium, will be the first BIG EAST Conference team to play host to an ESPN3D broadcast.
The game will be one of 20 regular-season ESPN 3D broadcasts for the year, in addition to the Allstate BCS National Championship and five postseason bowl games.
ESPN 3D is the television industry's first 3D network and brings together more than three years of research and development by multiple departments throughout the company. ESPN 3D is available nationwide to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.
ESPN has produced many 3D domestic telecasts in 2010 and 2011, including the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship, BCS National Championship game, the Masters, X Games, multiple college football and basketball games, the State Farm Home Run Derby and more.
Head coach Butch Jones enters his second year with the Bearcats and has the BIG EAST's top retuning passer and runner. Quarterback Zach Collaros (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) threw for 2,902 yards and 26 touchdowns, while tailback Isaiah Pead (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy) ran for 1,029 yards and six TDs. Collaros was a unanimous First-Team All-BIG EAST selection at quarterback a year ago while Pead was a Second-Team All-BIG EAST honoree.
The Bearcats return 50 letterwinners from the 2010 squad, including a pair of Second-Team All-BIG EAST honorees in linebacker J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and wide receiver D.J. Woods (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville).
The Bearcats reported to campus on Aug. 7 to begin preparations for the 2011 season. The first practice of training camp is scheduled for Aug. 8 and the season opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. against Austin Peay inside Nippert Stadium. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.