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Big & Rich, ESPN coming to USF Tuesday

Posted May 19, 2008 by Brett McMurphy

Updated May 19, 2008 at 01:07 PM

Big & Rich is Coming to This City.

Big & Rich, who performs “Coming to Your City, will tape its concert intro for ESPN’s College GameDay Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the University of South Florida campus at the corner of 50th Street and Holly Drive, just south of Fletcher Ave.

The outdoor concert footage will be used all season for the lead in to ESPN’s College GameDay. Any one is invited to attend. Admission is free and there will be concessions for sale.

Promoters request that people come dressed for an outdoor concert in generic shirts.

“If I have 100 people wearing USF shirts, it’s not good,” said Rick Paiva, vice president of creative services at ESPN. “We’ll have the [Rocky the] Bulls head out there, but this has to work for all games and all locations around the country.”

Tampa was chosen as the site over Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, Paiva said.

“We came here because this was the best place to shoot,” Paiva said.

This fall will be the fourth year, ESPN’s College GameDay has used Big & Rich’s “Coming To Your City” intro.

“We’re refreshing it for this year,” Paiva said.

Just because USF and Tampa is the site for the College GameDay intro, Paiva said it does not guarantee the school would host the popular College GameDay show during the season.

“But if USF keeps winning, we’ll show up,” Paiva said.

Reader Comments

Por (Hector Jimenez) on May 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Wow Brett…I was about to go into detox for lack of fball news, you saved me!

ESPN should do an entirely new opening but that said, I am very excited that they are considering USF for this and other things…..USF has truly come a long way and anythin positive news is good for USF and our fball program.

Brett are you going to be jumping off stage, and doing some crowd surfing?

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Por (Gary Blackman) on May 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I hope everyone shows up in USF gear.

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Por (Kevin Brahm) on May 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Exciting to have USF host the video shoot, but I wish ESPN College Gameday would bring back Bubba Sparxx for the theme song.

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Por (david M) on May 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Ok…so only 100 in usf bout the rest in bucs, rays and lighting shirts, that would be awsome…

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on May 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hector, crowd surfing? Not a bad idea. I think they’re probably hoping for a little younger target age than me, though.

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