ESPN bringing “MegaCast” to IU; Dakich tabbed as alternate analyst

The stage for Indiana’s season opener against Ohio State continues to get bigger and bigger.

ESPN announced Tuesday that it will bring its “MegaCast” model to Bloomington to broadcast the Aug. 31 showdown between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes, offering viewers seven unique avenues to catch the action.

In addition to ESPN’s traditional broadcast, which will be led by play-by-play man Dave Flemming, analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Laura Rutledge, the network will also utilize ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3 for the following viewing experiences:

— ESPNEWS will carry what the network dubs the “Coaches Film Room.” Former head coaches Mack Brown, Gene Chizik, Les Miles and Mark Helfrich will analyze the game with various camera angles and technology. Throughout the night, the Coaches Film Room will remain live during commercial breaks on ESPN.

— ESPNU will deliver an alternate broadcast of the game featuring homer announcers. Interestingly, the network has tabbed former IU basketball player and coach Dan Dakich as the Hoosier partisan. Dakich and a “to-be-named personality” for Ohio State will react from the sidelines throughout the game. Dakich will be paired with play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, while the Ohio State homer will team with Adnan Virk.

— ESPN3, which is available online and through the WATCHESPN app, will offer four additional viewing options. There will be an “All-22” channel dedicated to showing every player on the field from a camera angle above the end zone. There will be a “Command Center” channel that will have multiple camera angles split into the screen. ESPN3 will also offer a “Sky Cam” channel and a “Data Center” channel, which will illustrate in-game analytics, win probability updates and drive charts.

ESPN’s announcement of the MegaCast comes nearly two weeks after the network confirmed plans to bring its popular “College GameDay” show to IU for the first time.

ESPN will begin broadcasting live from Bloomington at 4 p.m. with a one-hour episode of “College Football Live,” followed by “College Football Countdown. The “College GameDay” crew, which includes former IU coach Lee Corso, host Rece Davis and Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, will take over at 6 p.m. and lead into kickoff at 8.

Indiana is the 69th school and Bloomington is the 80th city to host “College GameDay.”

Last month at Big Ten media day in Chicago, IU coach Tom Allen called the Ohio State game the “biggest opener in the history of Indiana football.”

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  1. Leave Dakich in Indy, he’s a big buddy of the Ohio State Coach Meyer the TV crew will be pro Ohio State enough, without Dakich. Last time Ohio State played in Bloomington, Dakich and his wife stood on the sidelines with the Ohio State team.

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