By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen will make a live appearance on “College GameDay” on Saturday morning, senior coordinating producer Michael Fountain said Wednesday.
Petersen is scheduled to appear between 8 and 9 a.m.
His players, though, won’t be anywhere near the stage in Bronco Stadium. That might be a distraction.
“You know how Pete is,” quarterback Kellen Moore said. “Trust me, there’ll be no one down there.”
Here are some other highlights from Fountain:
— The ESPN crew is excited to come to Boise and wants to see how Broncos fans respond. The challenge, Fountain said — break Nebraska’s attendance record of 15,800 (vs. Notre Dame, 2001).
— ESPN has secured a guest picker. “We think it’s someone that the crowd is going to be familiar with and enjoy. We try to build a little excitement and keep it a secret if we can. … We try to set the bar high.”
— Desmond Howard will break down Boise State’s passing attack in a virtual feature where he stands on the field surrounded by computer-generated EA Sports figures.
— Other Boise State content will include a feature on the blue turf and a story by Tom Rinaldi on the rise of Boise State.
— The stars of the show do spend some time greeting fans and signing autographs after the show.
— The GameDay stars will tape a bunch of segments Friday on a smaller set inside Bronco Stadium. Those will air on various shows. They also use the smaller set for appearances on scoreboard shows during the day Saturday and for halftime and postgame reports.
— The GameDay stage will be built overnight after high school football Friday night. That is believed to be a first for the show. “The crew will basically be there all night,” Fountain said. “It’s a daunting challenge for our tech and stage crew.” ESPN wanted to be on the field — a rarity for the show. “This is a unique opportunity with the blue turf and the country has heard so much about this blue turf — we’re going to show it off to the country,” Fountain said. “It’s always been our intent whenever we did get there, we’d love to do it on the blue turf.”
— Fans are welcome to bring appropriate signs. “We love the signs,” Fountain said. “It’s just a part of what the show is and what we do. We encourage everyone to come out and show their spirit. It’s about having fun.”
— Fans will be able to watch the show on video screens. “That’s been a focus for us the past couple years. We’ve tried to improve the onsite experience as much as we can,” Fountain said.
The ESPNU 2010 College GameDay Tour will be in Boise on Saturday as part of the “College GameDay” broadcast. The ESPNU minibus features a DJ and a body- and face-painting station. The minibus will be available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.