Thursday, October 9th, 2014


Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock and Kathryn Tappen to Call Game

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC with Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward

William & Mary at New Hampshire Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 9, 2014 – The No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to continue their undefeated start to the 2014 season with a victory against the North Carolina Tar Heels this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC Sports Group’s Notre Dame pre-game show, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Fighting Irish (5-0) are coming off a dramatic 17-14 win last Saturday over the then-No. 13 Stanford Cardinal, punctuated by QB Everett Golson’s go-ahead touchdown pass to TE Ben Koyack on 4th-and-11 with 61 seconds left in regulation to give Notre Dame the win. The Tar Heels (2-3) have lost three straight contests, including a 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday.

Saturday’s matchup against North Carolina is the 19th all-time meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Tar Heels. Notre Dame holds a commanding 16-2 lead in the all-time series, including an 11-0 mark against North Carolina in South Bend.

Dan Hicks (@DanHicksNBC), NBC Sports Group’s longtime and critically-acclaimed golf and Olympic commentator, calls Saturday’s game alongside Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen).

Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host Countdown To Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie) and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward (@MVP86HinesWard). McHugh, Flutie and Ward will also manage half-time coverage, as well as the post-game show, which will air on NBCSN.

In addition to his studio duties, Flutie will also provide analysis from the sidelines during the game, analyzing specific matchups and key plays from his unique perspective.



NBCSN will present a showdown of two of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association this weekend, when the New Hampshire Wildcats host the William & Mary Tribe at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Both teams enter play with 4-1 records overall, and have yet to lose in conference play. New Hampshire is currently ranked No. 4 in Division I-AA, while William & Mary is No. 10.

Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Anthony Herron (analyst) will call the action from Cowell Stadium in Durham, N.H.


NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream this weekend’s Notre Dame-North Carolina and William & Mary-New Hampshire college football games.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.



Following this Saturday’s game against Stanford, NBC Sports Group’s returns on Saturday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the Northwestern Wildcats.


The following is the NBC Sports Group 2014 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Oct. 11 North Carolina 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 15 Northwestern 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 22 Louisville 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.


For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power’s popular Notre Dame Central section (  Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS –Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of this Saturday’s Notre Dame home game against North Carolina. Additional replays include Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’s WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent.  Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m.

“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season.  The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.

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