SEC, ESPN launch academic network to promote 12 member institutions

AUBURN – Auburn University joined with the 11 other Southeastern Conference institutions today in the launch of the SEC Academic Network, a Web site (www.secacademicnetwork.com) designed to promote academic endeavors of SEC universities using ESPN360.com technology.

The Academic Network, developed using technology and coordination from ESPN Digital Media and Origin Digital, will feature content from every institution ranging from research, innovation and economic development to community partnerships, civic engagement and service.

“We welcome the chance to showcase academic success stories with our peers in the SEC,” said Auburn President Jay Gogue. “By using a platform that normally features athletics, we’re able to reach a dedicated fan audience that can take pride in what’s happening both off and on the field.”

“The SEC Academic Network will enable us to better tell the Auburn University story to a worldwide audience,” Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. “We are committed to supporting the academic mission of Auburn University, and this visionary platform made possible by the Southeastern Conference and ESPN 360.com technology is a giant step forward in helping us better promote Auburn’s academic endeavors.”

On the Web site, each institution has its own page that includes videos categorized by topic. Alumni, fans and students worldwide now have the ability in one place to learn more about SEC academics through video features that are posted by the league institutions.

“The commitment to highlight the accomplishments of SEC member institution academic programs was a key component of our new television agreements,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “We are grateful to ESPN for providing our institutions this technology, which had previously been utilized exclusively for athletic events.”

“This network will provide our 12 institutions with the ability to create and distribute academic and other nonathletic programming throughout the world on a regular and fulltime basis,” said Slive.

The Academic Network is a component of the SEC’s 15-year television package with ESPN, which is the most comprehensive in the history of intercollegiate athletics. Also part of ESPN’s commitment to SEC academic programs is the production of an annual Campus Connection telecast at each SEC institution, in which students take part in the production; telecasts of two programs annually dedicated to the academic accomplishments of SEC student-athletes; a weekly academic feature segment on ESPNU’s SEC show; and selection of one undergraduate student from every SEC institution to participate in ESPN’s summer internship program.

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu), or
Brock Parker, (334) 844-9999 (brockparker@auburn.edu)