ESPN and Ohio State Team Up for All-Access Series

By Jason Priestas on August 2, 2012 at 12:31p
60 Comments

ESPN and Ohio State are BFFs again.

Ohio State fans will get a close-up on the 2012 football season with new head coach Urban Meyer when ESPN debuts a series of All-Access specials beginning August 14 on ESPNU and additional ESPN platforms. ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days will showcase the Buckeyes as they train under Ohio native (Ashtabula, Ohio) Meyer who has returned from a coaching hiatus to lead the team.

With extensive behind-the-scenes access to on- and off-field play, team meetings and campus facilities, ESPN cameras will introduce players and coaches as they complete grueling pre-season training across six days. Viewers will see four, 30-minute specials on ESPNU (August 14-17), a five-part series across College Football Live Presented by Dick’s Sports Goods and SportsCenter (August 19-24) and a one-hour special on ESPN (August 22).

Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer, said, “Anytime we can provide behind-the-scenes access inside one of the traditional power programs, it's a treat for the viewers and the fans. Urban Meyer's success at Florida and the unique story lines surrounding the Ohio State program will add to the intrigue of this series."

For a taste of what the series will bring, here's video of the Sooners All-Access from last season.

Full schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Tue, Aug 14 5pm ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days ESPNU
Wed, Aug 15 5pm ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days ESPNU
Thu, Aug 16 5pm ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days ESPNU
Fri, Aug 17 5pm ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days ESPNU
Wed, Aug 21 7pm ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days ESPN

 

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MJT's picture

Let's raise a glass to the World-Wide Leader...for once.

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."  -Woody Hayes

bassplayer7770's picture

This sounds like fun if I can manage to get home by 5pm...

kgus's picture

this is solid. Urban doing work.

tbdbitl

Buckeyeneer's picture

Finally, my DVR is worth having!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

bassplayer7770's picture

Yeah, I don't pay for DVR, so I'm hoping they'll reshow these sometime...

SLVRBLLTS's picture

If this isn't enough to get you to get DVR, you'll be stuck in the dark ages for a long time my friend.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

Pam's picture

What?? (picks jaw off the floor)

osu07asu10's picture

Similar reaction Pam,...whats the over/under at least 5 minutes of every show is dedicated to slamming us?

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Pam's picture

I am going with each episode starting or ending with how Ohio St. "is currently on probabtion for violations committed by former players and fomer head coach Jim Tressel covering it up.

LouGroza's picture

With the difference being Meyer getting into someones ear about it as soon as he hears they are doing a diservice to the program. My experience is having a guy like Urban at the helm will keep people from wanting to step on our toes if at all possible.

Rapping Bum's picture

BAH GAWD!!!
 
/GoodOlJR

Help is on the way.

BuckeyeSki's picture

+1 for Wrasslin' Reference

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flipbuckeye's picture

Um, yep. Can't wait.

Colby3333's picture

Won't watch it @ my house......may have to go support my local establishment though....

FROMTHE18's picture

This is going to be sexy.

Northbrook's picture

Buckeye Football is a big sexy beast.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

so does this make up for dragging osu through the mud for 15 months and suing the university?   i'll watch it but espn can still kiss my ass.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Ethos's picture

Lets just say i'm cautiously optimistic..... call me a conspiracy theorist, but I feel like this is just a great way for ESPN to create more news at Ohio State's expense.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I'm guessing this won't hurt recruiting, eh?

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LouGroza's picture

Guess this answers the question of how having Urban would change the relationship with ESPN. We're best buds now......wow.

tennbuckeye19's picture

"Urban Meyer's success at Florida and the unique story lines surrounding the Ohio State program will add to the intrigue of this series."

Unique story lines surrounding Ohio State, eh. This makes me think they are gonna focus attention on the bowl ban, Tressel, tattoos, and etc. 
 

dubjayfootball90's picture

these times suck.....

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

hodge's picture

B-B-B-B-But......
THEY HATE US!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I almost threw up. Next they'll have a LeBron appreciation night at the Mens game.-_-

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Adambob's picture

seems like a distraction

Alhan's picture

That does it!  Shenanigans, shenanigans!!!
Fans of Ohio state, do you declare shenanigans on ESPN?
ESPN, do you accept this decree of shenanigans?
Well, that settles it!  Everybody grab a broom, it's shenanigans!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Buckeyeneer's picture

+1. I imagined you were saying it as Officer Barbrady.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I almost threw up. Next they'll have a LeBron appreciation night at the Mens game.-_-

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I think I hear an echo?

sir rickithda3rd's picture

hopefully osu and espn kiss and make up... keep your friends close and your enemies closer

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Denny's picture

ERMAHGAWD! It's like Meyer is using his previous year's employment connections to increase OSU's overall 'brand awareness' (if that's a thing) around the nation! But they were mean to us! I'm So torn.

Taquitos.

Squirrel Master's picture

and espn totally has a big butt!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Nappy's picture

ermahgerd*  FTFY

Fan of bacon since 1981

Squirrel Master's picture

I will be happy to watch this until the second time they bring up last year! If it doesn't stick to this years story, then I will be pissed and I am sure Urban will too. I understand a backdrop and starting point but if it is going to be a constant theme then it is not even worth watching. This is a great opportunity for everyone, don't screw it up eSECpn!
So does this mean Herbstreet jumps right back on the bandwagon or will he still try to be a "conscientious commentor" or in other words, stab us all in the back and watch the blood drain out!
 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

oh yeah, nothing on their "buckeyenation" yet either! That is what I love about 11W, they even scoop espn on their own stories! lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

CincyOSU's picture

My God ppl, when are some of you going to let go of this "ESPN hates us" mentality? 1) They were NOT the ppl digging up dirt or doing the investigating...they simply reported it. Were they guilty of shoddy reporting? Definetly. But they most certainly have no intention of bringing down our program which some seem to think. 2) You might as well get used to hearing about OSU's off the field issues ALL SEASON, in EVERY GAME we play. I don't care if its on ESPN, ABC, BTN, etc....you are going to hear multiple references about it. So all this talk about "how long til ESPN slams us" is really unfounded...we are in fact on probation and will not go to a bowl. This is something EVERY network we are on is going to discuss...not just ESPN. It's not a slam, just the facts.

hodge's picture

I'll drink to that, Cincy.  It is worth mentioning, though, that a lot of these responses have been sarcastic (at least that's how I took 'em).

CincyOSU's picture

Oh, I know some have been. But there are certainly still quite a few ppl out clinging to their conspiracy theories.

Denny's picture

(i wasn't being srs)

Taquitos.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Sars? Too soon dude.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

OSUBias's picture

Spectacular random comment. Love it.

Shitter's full

Denny's picture

Nicely done.

Taquitos.

Alhan's picture

SARs has a cure...7up and chicken noodle soup.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Buckeyejason's picture

ESPN HAS IT IN FOR US!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
lol

BUCKEYES BABY!

Poison nuts's picture

@Cincy - I didn't really see a ton about how "ESPN hates us" in the comments here. Nobody loved the amount of coverage OSU got for Tat-Gate & what followed so an amount of soreness is both acceptable & to be expected IMO. I've noticed any time someone posts anything related to ESPN - you inevitably come on & say ESPN is OK. While I agree that there's likely no conspiracy, I do think many of the commentators on there did seem to have an anti OSU agenda. Some of them even called for firings & severe penalties instead of just reporting the story before all the evidence was gathered so...while they may not be evil - people are well within their rights to feel like as though ESPN gave OSUs football program a bigger black eye than it deserved.
Edit: last sentence - "feel like as though"....wtf? I'm dumb sometimes.

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CincyOSU's picture

I never said they were OK, I also got rather annoyed at their reporting of stories before the facts were fully vetted. But many ppl feel like they were indeed out to get us....even though ESPN did very little invesigative reporting on our issues. OSU is a big program that draws large ratings so of course we are going to get more coverage than a program like UNC, UCF, etc. The only ESPN commentator I really saw hating on OSU was, surprise, Mark May. I actually saw more OSU hate from Doyel and Dodd at CBS who at the time acted like OSU was all that was wrong with CFB. Eve the hometown Dispatch seemed hell bent on breaking any "story" that they could. Personally, I feel like most media "hate" should be directed elsewhere, or at least not entirely at ESPN.

Poison nuts's picture

Thanks for the response - I wasn't trying to be a dick - just saying that some animosity was warranted. Yes others were wrong but it's ESPN that the stories were running 24 hrs a day on so I think that's why they bare the brunt of the anger.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

SensibleBuckeye's picture

Plan on having a team of CSI / Detective types scan the place for bugs, micro video cams and other listening devices after the "Worldwide Leader" has left the complex.  Simply put..ESPN has lost my trust.......FOREVER!!!!

CincyOSU's picture

In related news...Neil Armstrong really didn't walk on the moon, Elvis is still alive, and there was a 2nd gunman on the grassy knoll.

Northbrook's picture

Camp starts tomorrow and now this? I'm going to have several beers to calm myself.

Bucksfan's picture

Oh, NOW they want to be friends after they practically slashed our tires and egged our house.

schooey's picture

ESPN is a tabloid. I agree with those who say that they will watch until ESPN reveal themselves as the *&^%% mongers that they are, and then turn it off. 

schooey's picture

You have to admit though, often ESECPN reads like the SEC police blotter. That is always fun. 

hail2victors9's picture

Hmm, well isn't this ironic?

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

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Buckeyejason's picture

This series is going to be like Buckeye porn. Ahhh can't wait !

BUCKEYES BABY!

buckeyefanatic's picture

>>  ESPN and Ohio State are BFFs again.
More like ESPN is a dirty hooker and will do just about anything for a buck.  What does that make Ohio State?  Look, I dunno I'm talking about ESPN and my rage ...
ESPiN IS A DIRTY HOOKER!

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OSUBias's picture

Breaking news: Craig James killed 5 ESPN's while at SMU

Shitter's full

Liening's picture

According to my DVR schedule, the correct date for the ESPN airing of the OSU All-Access program is Aug 22, not Aug 21.  Still 7-8 PM. 

GLiening