Auburn School of Communication and Journalism, Auburn Athletics and ESPN to present ‘Auburn and the SEC Network’ with appearance by Bo Jackson

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Bo Jackson, ESPN host and play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore and ESPN vice president of production for college networks Stephanie Druley will join Auburn students, alumni and fans on Friday, April 18, in the Foy Hall Auditorium for a free, public sneak peek into the launch of the SEC Network. The group will talk Auburn football and athletics, as well as Jackson’s latest projects including his Bo Bikes Bama event.

Tessitore and Druley will participate in a panel discussion on the SEC Network at 2 p.m. Druley is overseeing the launch of the SEC Network, which will debut Aug. 14. She is a 23-year ESPN veteran, who for the past three years served as vice president of production for the Longhorn Network. Tessitore, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s college football and basketball games, will host the SEC Network’s traveling Saturday pregame show, “SEC Nation.” It also debuts in August.

Jackson will take the stage at 3 p.m. to screen a three-minute clip of the “SEC Storied” documentary titled “Bo, Barkley and The Big Hurt,” a retrospective look on a rare moment in time when three of the country’s great athletes overlapped at Auburn.

Jackson will participate in a question-and-answer session following the viewing of the clip.

The School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts and Auburn Athletics have partnered to allow students the opportunity to learn about sports production and contribute content to the SEC Network. Athletics is teaching “Introduction to Sports Video Production” for the school’s majors in the fall.

“Our students will have experience shooting live sporting events for broadcast and the Web,” said Jennifer Adams, director of the School of Communication and Journalism. “Students will also have the opportunity to do play-by-play announcing, producing and the possibility of serving as on-air talent for some of the shows Auburn Athletics plans to develop.”

Contact: Jennifer Adams, School of Communication and Journalism, (334) 844-2751 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (