For the second year, the SEC Network is turning over its control room to the 14 Southeastern Conference schools for a two-week stretch. Beginning Monday, July 18, each school will exclusively program 24-hours of the network with classic games, films, ESPN original content and school-produced content.
UGA takeover day on the SEC Network is set for Tuesday, July 26 and will feature 10 marquee events from Bulldog annals, as well as a number of feature films. Included on the list of scheduled games are a pair of wins from Georgia’s national football championship season of 1980, the basketball victory that propelled Georgia to the 1983 Final Four, and most recently, the softball team’s dramatic win over Florida that sent the Bulldogs into the Women’s College World Series this spring.
The programming schedule for Georgia’s SEC Network Takeover Day follows:
12:00 a.m. — Kirby Smart All-Access: an inside look at the spring practice and the Bulldogs’ preparations for the ‘’93K Day’’ that set the SEC Attendance record for Spring football games.
12:30 a.m. — SEC Storied: Herschel Walker: The inaugural episode of this ESPN Films series tells the life story of perhaps the greatest college football player of all time.
1:30 a.m. — Georgia vs. Florida (Football – Nov. 8, 1980): The last minute 93-yard miracle touchdown pass from Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott kept Georgia undefeated and moved the Dawgs into the top spot in the national polls.
3:30 a.m. — 2008 NCAA Super Regional Final (Baseball – June 8, 2008): Paced by seven home runs, including two from All-America shortstop Gordon Beckham, the Diamond Dogs earned a trip to the College World Series with a dominant 17-8 win over N.C. State.
5:30 a.m. — SEC Storied: Sarah & Suzanne — ESPN Films documents the story of two women dominating college gymnastics, while creating one of the most heated rivalries in SEC history.
6:30 a.m. — 2001 Women’s Basketball SEC Tournament Final (March 4, 2001): The Lady Bulldogs defeated Vanderbilt in dramatic, buzzer-beating fashion and captured the fourth SEC Tournament title in the program’s history.
8:00 a.m. — 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships (March 25, 2016): Georgia held off Stanford and Cal to win its seventh national team championship.
10:00 a.m. — 2012 Men’s Basketball vs. Florida (Feb. 25, 2012): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points as the Bulldogs upset 11th-ranked Florida at Stegeman Coliseum.
12:00 p.m. — 2016 NCAA Super Regional Final (Softball – May 27, 2016): Pinch hitter Kaylee Puailoa hit a dramatic two-run homer in the seventh inning to defeat top-ranked, top-seeded Florida and send the Bulldogs to the Women’s College World Series.
2:00 p.m. — 2000 Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 2000): Georgia posted its biggest comeback in the program’s bowl history, erasing a 25-0 deficit and defeating Purdue 28-25 in overtime.
4:00 p.m. — Beneath the Helmet: a series of special features that highlight team members and and focus on their stories and what brought them to the University of Georgia, and what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog.
5:00 p.m. — Best of the Bulldogs: a magazine style show that will highlight some of the best feature stories from Georgiadogs.com, including the Devon Gales story and the Cancer Awareness Day at football in September of 2015.
6:00 p.m. — 1980 National Championship Game (Football – Jan. 1, 1981): Freshman Herschel Walker rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns, leading Georgia to a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame and completing the season as the nation’s only undefeated, untied team, and the consensus national champions.
8:00 p.m. — Kirby Smart All-Access: an inside look at the spring practice and the Bulldogs’ preparations for the ‘’93K Day’’ that set the SEC Attendance record for Spring football games.
8:30 p.m. — 1997 Georgia vs. Florida (Football – Nov. 1, 1997): Robert Edwards scored four touchdowns and Kirby Smart had a pair of interceptions as Georgia soundly defeated No. 6 Florida 37-17 in Jacksonville.
10:30 p.m. — 1983 NCAA East Regional Final (Men’s Basketball – Mar. 27, 1983): Given long odds at advancement, the 1983 Bulldogs reached the Final Four by upending the East Regional’s top two seeds, first No. 1 St. John’s and then North Carolina in the championship game.
Each SEC school’s appointed date, drafted at random during The Paul Finebaum Show on May 17, follows:
July 18 – Vanderbilt; July 19 – Texas A&M; July 20 – Kentucky; July 21 – LSU; July 22 – Missouri; July 23 – Arkansas; July 24 – Auburn; July 25 – Florida; July 26 – Georgia; July 27 – Mississippi State; July 28 – Ole Miss; July 29 – South Carolina; July 30 – Tennessee; July 31 – Alabama.
SEC schools are heavily involved in producing the more than 1,000 SEC Network + events streamed annually on WatchESPN, SECNetwork.com and the ESPN app. Every campus has at least one control room, fibered sports facilities and a bureau cam room. This year, more than 350 students gained national television experience contributing to those on-campus productions.