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Live Blog: ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasts live from campus

This is a live blog covering the broadcast of ESPN’s College GameDay from the Coral Gables campus of University of Miami. The Miami Hurricane will be adding information as College GameDay continues and updates become available.

Desmond Howard and guest celebrity picker Alex Rodriguez both picked the Hurricanes, and Lee Corso – after talking for nearly a minute about how much he loves Miami – went with the Fighting Irish.

And it all came down to this … The College GameDay analysts made their predictions for Saturday’s games, including Miami-Notre Dame.

UM fans pack the Lakeside Patio to represent the university  and watch the College GameDay analysts preview Saturday’s games. Photo credit: Isaiah Kim-Martinez

Two Hurricanes supporters are decked out in Miami gear from head to toe. The fans displayed their creativity through their signs. Photo credit: Isaiah Kim-Martinez

After an hour into the broadcast, campus is only getting more packed and lively for College GameDay.

While many people on campus are just here to support their alma mater, the Canes hold special significance as more than just a football team for some in attendance. Shelton Douthett puts a lot of effort into showing up for the Canes in order to honor his brother who was a season ticket holder and passed away years ago.

One of the most used themes for GameDay signs is the beloved turnover chain, introduced this season. The phenomenon has inspired clothing, homemade replica chains and lots of word-play for the signs. One read “You can’t spell national CHAmpIoNs without the CHAIN,” another “The turnover chain was made of leprechaun gold.” Fans in the film above are performing a song they made in honor of this new Hurricanes icon.

Among the crowd at GameDay are some of the most recognizable fans that frequently appear on the screens of Hardrock Stadium. The super fan in the film above has traveled to all but two of the Hurricanes football away games for the past three years.

Fans who didn’t get into the pit still got a chance to view the show from locations around Lake Osceola, like those standing on the Fate Bridge here. Photo credit: Annie Cappetta

Other viewers who didn’t fit into the pit or came later found places to watch, on the steps along the lake or on the Fate Bridge to still be a part of the action. Admittance to the pit came with the stipulation that no food or drink was allowed, a difficult proposition for some who had been waiting in line since 3 or 4 a.m.

From left to right: seniors Ryan Kesselring, Tyler Bowman and Kyle Johnson lounge on the UC pool deck as a part of the “Student Leader Lounge” with a clear view of the GameDay screen. Photo credit: Annie Cappetta

Not all students had to crowd into lines early in the morning to get a close view of the GameDay action. Select students were invited to a “Student Leader Lounge” on the UC Pool Deck. No signs were allowed, but these students were featured in several shots, and a free breakfast reception was provided.

The crowd got a little hostile with yells of “boo” heard around campus when host Kirk Herbstreit predicted that Notre Dame would win the game tonight, but rebounded with even louder cheers when Desmond Howard countered that prediction, asserting that the U is back and ready to win this game.

The broadcast kicked off at 9:00 a.m. with shots of the campus putting its most beautiful scenery forward – divers jumped in sink into the UC Pool, sailboats cruised around Lake Osceola and mobs of fans threw up the U.

Ryan Moon, a junior majoring in microbiology, lined up on campus at 4:30 a.m. but had had enough and decided to go home just after 7:00 a.m. “I’m really sick,” Moon said, through sniffles. “I was going to suck it up, but I can’t suck it up anymore.”

College GameDay is known for the outrageous signs that fans bring along to support their team and to get on-camera attention. There’s a bit of one-upmanship for who can make the funniest, most shocking or smartest signs and some students have been discussing their sign plans all week. It led to entertainment value in the long line.

Fans started to be able to enter the pit at 6:40 a.m. The line began to move as people filled into the patio, but it still wraps all the way around the SSC.

The line began at the Lakeside Patio, stretched back to the Rathskeller, wrapped around the back of the Donna E. Shalala Student Center and extended all the way back to the Foote Green.

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Fans began lining up in the early morning on Nov. 11 to be part of the taping of College GameDay. The line wrapped around the length of the Shalala Student Center. Photo credit: Isaiah Kim-Martinez

ESPN’s College GameDay has been taking over campus the Lakeside Patio since they began setting up on Nov. 8. Today, when the nationally broadcast pre-game show films live, it has taken over the entire campus. Fans started lining up as early as 3 a.m. to ensure entrance to “the pit,” the area that will be broadcast as the backdrop behind the hosts of the show.

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The set up for College GameDay began on Nov. 8 and blocked off the Lakeside Patio to prepare for the pre-game show’s filming on Nov. 11. Photo credit: Hunter Crenian

November 11, 2017

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Annie Cappetta

Annie Cappetta can be reached on Twitter at @acmcappetta and via email at acmcappetta@gmail.com

Isaiah Kim-Martinez

Isaiah Kim-Martinez can be reached on Twitter at @isaiah_km.


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