Riggins to Contribute to Orange Bowl Broadcast

New York - Beginning New Year's Day, FOX Sports bowls fans over with a week of college football's most prestigious events. Beginning with the AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC and ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL on Tuesday, Jan. 1 (11:30 AM ET and 8:00 PM ET, respectively), FOX Sports presents five college bowl games over a seven-day span. Coverage continues on Wednesday, Jan. 2 with the TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL (7:30 PM ET), Thursday, Jan. 3 with the FEDEX ORANGE BOWL (7:30 PM ET), and culminates on Monday, Jan. 8 with the ALLSTATE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (7:30 PM ET). Each exclusive broadcast is presented live in High Definition and in Dolby 5.1 audio.

FOX Sports captures college football's unmatched energy prior to kick-off as BCS on FOX anchors Chris Rose and Jimmy Johnson host pregame, halftime and postgame coverage live from the site of each network broadcast. Rose and Johnson will be joined by guest analysts along the way to provide breakdowns, previews and the latest information surrounding each match-up.

FOX Sports kicks off its 2008 Bowl Bash on Tuesday, Jan. 1 starts with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic at 11:30 AM ET to be called by play-by-play legend Pat Summerall, analyst Brian Baldinger and reporter Jeanne Zelasko. After Missouri and Arkansas battle for the 71st Cotton Bowl trophy, FOX's focus shifts to the Louisiana Superdome. There, BCS on FOX lead play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman and lead analyst Charles Davis and reporter Chris Myers present the 2008 ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL between the University of Hawaii and the University of Georgia (8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT). During pregame coverage from New Orleans, Rose and Johnson will be joined on set by former University of Georgia quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. Tarkenton was under center for the Bulldogs from 1957 to 1960 where he led Georgia to an SEC title in 1959 and an Orange Bowl victory vs. Missouri in 1960. Producer Mike Burks and director Rich Russo lead the production team.

On Wednesday, Jan. 2 (7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT), FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian is joined by former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue and former USC quarterback Pat Haden for the TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL. FOX Sports broadcasts the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia Mountaineers live from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. FSN football reporter Laura Okmin handles sideline reports. During pregame, halftime and postgame coverage from Glendale, Rose and Johnson will be joined on set by former University of Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer. Switzer took control of the Sooners in 1973 and immediately led the team to consecutive undefeated seasons. Under Switzer's leadership, the team won national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985. During his sixteen years as head coach at Oklahoma, his teams won eight of the thirteen bowl games they participated in. He and Johnson are the only two head coaches in football history to win both a college national championship and a Super Bowl. Jeff Gowen produces and Emmy Award-winner Bill Webb directs.

FOX Sports' 2008 BCS campaign continues on Thursday, Jan. 3 (7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT) when the Virginia Tech Hokies meet the University of Kansas Jayhawks in the FEDEX ORANGE BOWL. Kenny Albert teams with Daryl Johnston and former Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez to call the action. FOX Sports reporter Jeanne Zelasko patrols the sidelines. Former University of Kansas running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Riggins joins Rose and Johnson on set. While at KU, Riggins broke Gale Sayers' school rushing record and won All-Conference honors twice. Producer Barry Landis and director Mike Frank handle the live broadcast from inside the production truck at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

FOX Sports' lead BCS broadcast team returns to New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 7 (7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT) for the 2007-2008 college football season's main event. BCS on FOX's Brennaman, Davis and Myers cover each twist and turn as the Louisiana State University Tigers face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes for the coveted crystal ball trophy in the ALLSTATE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer and former Ohio State Buckeye and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George join Rose and Johnson for all pregame, halftime and postgame coverage from New Orleans. After two short years as head coach, Meyer returned Florida to national prominence when he led the Gators to victory in last year's TOSTITOS BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME over No. 1 ranked Ohio State. In 1995, George won the Heisman Trophy and left Ohio State second in school history in career rushing yards (3,768) and third in rushing touchdowns (44).

For the first time ever, FOXSports.com on MSN will provide daily live video coverage from New Orleans, the home of the ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL and the ALLSTATE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. The 30-minute online shows begin on January 1 and air every day leading up to the ALLSTATE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. FOX Sports' Chris Myers hosts and brings viewers game previews, interviews with players and coaches, and features from FOXSports.com columnists Mark Kriegel and James Washington. The live shows also feature interviews via satellite with FOX Sports broadcasters at the TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL, FEDEX ORANGE BOWL and AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC. A first for BCS coverage, FOXSports.com on MSN produced similar live shows for the MLB All-Star Game, the MLB Playoffs and the World Series this season.

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