Erin Andrews has had a regular spot in prime time before.
The chance to become a fixture in prime time was one of the things that lured Andrews from ESPN to Fox, where she will host a weekly Saturday night college football studio show. It premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday prior to Fox's Hawaii-USC game coverage. Eddie George and Joey Harrington will share the set with her.
But the college football gig is just part of the package that brought Andrews aboard.
"Fox has offered me things that I never really had a chance to do … the college football studio show, the NFL and to be able to work the postseason in major league baseball along with some other things, hopefully, if I stay on my best behavior," she said, laughing, during a teleconference.
"The goal is to get better and try new things that were never really there before. With the college football studio show, the No.1 thing that sold me was working with Eddie and Joey. The second I sat down with those two and started talking college football, I was so excited. They live and breathe it."
Andrews said that what could provide sparks on the show are the differences of opinions that Harrington and George will have.
"They don't agree on a lot of things and that will separate our show from other shows," she said. "You don't want guys who think the same way about teams, players and coaching styles."
Once the scene shifts to the game, the ever-excitable Gus Johnson, best known for his buzzer-beating calls during the NCAA basketball tournament, will be Fox's play-by-play voice. Charles Davis will be the analyst and Julie Alexandria will be in Andrews' old role on the sidelines.
It will be hard for Fox to wrest away the lion's share of college football fans from ESPN, but it's clear that the network is excited about getting on the field in the regular season after having only the BCS bowl package for several years.
Fox will have 13 consecutive weeks of regular-season action, including 12 prime-time games and seven doubleheaders.
Although she was a fixture at ESPN, Andrews is ready for a new challenge.
"When you're on the sidelines, you're with the guys and you're going to the meetings and the practices and that will change," Andrews said. "But the preparation for the studio show will be the same. Over the past 10 years I have developed some great relationships with players and coaches and I will still be talking to the coaches.
"The difference is now that I can't just worry about the game that Fox is covering that night. We're looking at all of the schools. I need to be up-to-date on everything that's going on in college football. You can't get enough information."
But she will miss the sidelines.
"I love being out there on the field with the coaches and I love watching the warmups, everything," she said. "Who doesn't love having the best seat in the house, right on the sidelines? I'll miss it, but this is a step in my career that I feel I need to take. I'll still have an opportunity to get on the field doing NFL games."
For the 10th straight year, Lafayette will have all 11 of its football games televised on its Lafayette Sports Network, anchored by RCN Cable and its outlets up and down the East Coast.
But Lafayette games will not be on radio.
As a budgetary decision, Lafayette decided two years ago to move the football radio broadcasts from a commercial station to the college radio station.
"We came to the realization that the while the student station was great about letting us do it, the signal was not really helping us and we also had lots of problems connecting to the station at times," Scott Morse, Lafayette's director of athletic communications and promotions, told colleague Paul Reinhard. "The biggest benefit was streaming, and sometimes that worked and sometimes it didn't."
There was some thought about having longtime Leopards announcer Dick Hammer stream the games on Lafayette's goLeopards.com website.
"We talked with Dick about that for football, but he had already made plans for at least three weekends," Morse said. "Also, you know the investment we have made with TV, and let's face it, if you have a choice as a fan to watch it or listen to it, what are you going to do?"
But the long relationship between Lafayette and the legendary Hammer hasn't completely ended. Morse said Hammer will continue to go on the road with the basketball team and stream radio broadcasts to goLeopards.com. "Maybe some home games, too," Morse said, although the details for the winter have not been finalized yet.
KEITH'S CAN'T MISS … A batch of games on both Thursday and Friday nights got the college football season started, but for many it won't begin until Notre Dame and Navy meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in Dublin, Ireland, in a game televised by CBS. A total of 29 televised games will follow on Saturday.