Michigan State Preparing for College Gameday

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

If you stopped by the Brelin Center at 4:00 on Friday you'd see an unusual thing.

You'd see four freshmen setting up to spend a very windy night in front of MSU's basketball home in order to be the first ones in to see a live broadcast of ESPN's College Gameday.

"It's cold, but it'll all be worth it tomorrow when we're in there," said freshman Brett Konkle.

"I think its going to be a great time," said freshman Kevin Fanning. "No [Dick Vitale] or Erin Andrews, but Gameday is where its at."

They've even gotten a chance to meet a few athletes. Basketball player Durrell Summers stopped by to say hi as well as MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins.

"Is this something you guys do on a regular basis?" asked Cousins. "You're dedicated... that's what we need."

Meanwhile, inside the Breslin Center, preparations were underway. The set was being assembled and lights and cameras were getting set for Saturday morning's live broadcast. Michigan State is thrilled at the national exposure the show brings.

"It's a great opportunity to showcase our program," said associate athletic director Paul Schager. "From the morning to the night MSU's going to be featured on ESPN and it's going to be great for our program."

This is the second time College Gameday has been at MSU. The first time was back in 2007. Despite a season in which the Spartans have limped to 11 losses, the university is hoping for a big turnout.

"We think this is going to be a special day for our basketball program, our campus and our entire community," said Schager.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8 am at the Breslin Center.

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