LSU to 'Takeover' SEC Network on Sunday

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
LSU to 'Takeover' SEC Network on Sunday

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers stage their SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) beginning late Saturday and continuing for 24 hours through Sunday evening with the assistance of former LSU No. 2 overall draft pick, shortstop Alex Bregman.

LSU has selected 13 events in eight different sports from the archives to relive with fans on the national television network for 24 consecutive hours. (Note: takeover schedules were created from available television inventory available to ESPN and the SEC Network. NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.)

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools are crafting their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original contest and some school-produced content.

The oldest event on the schedule dates back to Dec. 21, 2002, when the LSU men’s basketball team was able to defeat the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 66-65, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Dick Vitale was on the call in a game shown nationally on ESPN2. Basketball will also be featured in another recent classic under present Head Coach Johnny Jones when the Tigers were able to defeat No. 11 Kentucky, 87-82, on a night when sleet and freezing rain practically made travel to the game impossible. Play-by-Play announcer Brad Nessler renamed the “Deaf Dome” the “Ice Dome” for that one night.

Football has three slots in the lineup with two games in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium and a replay of an SEC Championship game. At 1 a.m., fans can watch the September 2007 win over No. 9 Virginia Tech and at 8 a.m. see another win over another No. 9-ranked team, this time Florida. The final football game will open the night session on Sunday at LSU meets No. 12 Georgia in the 2011 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

LSU Baseball will be shown twice surrounding that LSU-Georgia football game with LSU meeting Florida at 3:30 p.m. in the championship game of the 2014 SEC Tournament from Hoover, Ala., and then one of the more dramatic games from this past season when LSU met No. 2 Texas A&M in the first game of a series at Alex Box Stadium in April. That game will conclude the takeover beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The 24-hours of LSU coverage begin at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 4, when the LSU gymnastics team meets Florida before over 12,000 at the Maravich Center in a battle of top 3 teams. At 3:30 a.m. it will be LSU volleyball’s dramatic win on the road at Texas A&M from this past November.

Women’s Basketball will be on twice, once at 5 a.m. for a February 20113 battle with No. 9 Georgia and then at 11 a.m. for a matchup against No. 10 Kentucky from this past season.

Before winning the program’s first national championship in 60 years, the LSU Men’s Golf team took home the SEC Championship at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in South Carolina. The conference victory was the Tigers first in 28 years.

The LSU softball program will also showcase a game from this past season when they were able to go to Gainesville and knock off No. 1 Florida in one of the wildest contests of the season. This game will be broadcast beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

LSU’s SEC Network Takeover Schedule

Start (CT) Watch Sport Opponent Date Recap Score
11 p.m. Watch It Gymnastics #2 Florida 2/20/2015 Recap W, 197.950-197.425
1 a.m. Watch It Football #9 Virginia Tech 9/8/2007 Recap W, 48-7
3:30 a.m. Watch It Volleyball Texas A&M 11/6/2014 Recap W, 3-2
5 a.m. Watch It Women’s Basketball #9 Georgia 2/10/2013 Recap W, 62-54
6:30 a.m. Watch It Men’s Basketball #1 Arizona 12/21/2002 Recap W, 66-65
8 a.m. Watch It Football #9 Florida 10/6/2007 Recap W, 28-24
10:30 a.m. Watch It Men’s Golf 2015 SEC Championship 4/19/2015 Recap 1st (827, -13)
11 a.m. Watch It Women’s Basketball #10 Kentucky 1/18/2015 Recap W, 84-79
12:30 p.m. Watch It Softball #1 Florida (Game 2) 3/14/2015 Recap W, 14-10
2 p.m. Watch It Men’s Basketball #11 Kentucky 1/28/2014 Recap W, 87-82
3:30 p.m. Watch It Baseball #7 Florida (SECT CG) 5/25/2014 Recap W, 2-0
6 p.m. Watch It Football #12 Georgia (SECCG) 12/3/2011 Recap W, 42-10
8:30 p.m. Watch It Baseball #2 Texas A&M 4/23/2015 Recap W, 4-3

About The SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televised over 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original contest such as SEC Storied, spring football games and more. AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV Dish, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of addition live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.