Thursday, August 18, 2022

Mitchell: Behind the Scenes of ESPN College GameDay

HottyToddy.com staff writer Sam Mitchell got one of the biggest opportunities of her college career working behind the scenes of ESPN College GameDay.
I was walking the halls of the Meek School of Journalism intent on getting assignments done for class. I decided to stop Professor Wenger’s office, and this became one of the most important decisions I’ve made since being in Mississippi.
Professor Wenger asked if I was interested in working with ESPN College GameDay. My response? HELL YEAH (damn right). From there, it became history. I emailed and received a response from the marketing director for ESPN College GameDay.
I was selected as one of eight student volunteers from Ole Miss for ESPN College GameDay.
Today, exactly a day before the big infamous game which has brought thousands to Oxford, including the square and especially the Grove, I showed up to the stage to start.
Along with making seven new student friends from the beautiful University of Mississippi, I got the opportunity to meet various important and intriguing persons; from Babi Mac, the Official DJ for ESPN College GameDay, the social correspondent for ESPN College GameDay, various staffing event coordinators, behind the scenes camera personnel for ESPN, a New York Times staff writer, and I even got a wave from Kirk Herbstrit!
Here are some pictures from behind the scenes from the perspective of a student volunteer.

Ashley Dunn working behind the scenes
Ashley Dunn working behind the scenes. / Photos by Sam Mitchell

The stage for ESPN College GameDay
The stage for ESPN College GameDay.

The side stage for ESPN College GameDay
The side stage for ESPN’s College GameDay.

Chandler Marie Morgan working hard
Chandler Marie Morgan working hard.

ESPN College GameDay Bus
ESPN’s College GameDay bus

Trey Edenfield looking good while piling up the boxes of GameDay 'hard hats'
Trey Edenfield looking good while piling up the boxes of GameDay hard hats.

Tessa Poyner working hard
Tessa Poyner working hard.

Cameraman working hard behind the scenes
Cameraman working hard behind the scenes.

Catherine Carrroon working behind the scenes
Catherine Carrroon working behind the scenes.

Olivia Wells and Chandler Marie Morgan working behind the scenes
Olivia Wells and Chandler Marie Morgan working behind the scenes.

Home Depot ESPN College GameDay Hats
Home Depot ESPN’s College GameDay Hats

Sloan Bunting and Chad Glidewell, ESPN College GameDay staff/volunteer coordinators
Sloan Bunting and Chad Glidewell, ESPN’s College GameDay staff/volunteer coordinators

Catherine Carroon working hard and looking good while doing it
Catherine Carroon working hard and looking good while doing it.

Chandler Marie Morgan and Catherine Carroon pose with their Home Depot GameDay hats
Chandler Marie Morgan and Catherine Carroon pose with their Home Depot GameDay hats.

Chandler Marie Morgan, Sam Mitchell, and Olivia Wells pose behind the ESPN College GameDay set-up
Chandler Marie Morgan, Sam Mitchell and Olivia Wells pose behind the ESPN College GameDay set-up.

ESPN College GameDay set-up
ESPN’s College GameDay set-up

Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes

Catherine Carroon poses with a College GameDay football
Student Volunteer Catherine Carroon poses with a College GameDay football.

Mary Kate Berger working for Ole Miss athletics behind the scenes
Mary Kate Berger working for Ole Miss athletics behind the scenes.

Bus driver, a retired Navy personnel, poses beside the ESPN College GameDay Bus
Bus driver, a retired Navy personnel, poses beside the College GameDay Bus.

Taking pictures behind the scenes with ESPN anchors
Taking pictures behind the scenes with ESPN anchors.

ESPN College GameDay corn-hole challenge
ESPN College GameDay corn-hole challenge

ESPN College GameDay corn-hole challenge
ESPN College GameDay corn-hole challenge

DJ for ESPN College Game Day, Babi Mac, and ESPN College GameDay Social Correspondent Deanna Kay pose for a picture by the Grove
DJ for ESPN College Game Day, Babi Mac, and ESPN College GameDay Social Correspondent Deanna Kay pose for a picture by the Grove

More behind the scenes shots
More behind the scenes shots

ESPN sports anchors Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler prepping for the ESPN College GameDay set
ESPN sports anchors Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler prepping for the ESPN College GameDay set

Event coordinator Russ Hays posing in front of the ESPN College GameDay Bus
Event coordinator Russ Hays posing in front of the ESPN College GameDay Bus

HottyToddy.com enthusiast Carole Cloud and boyfriend Paul Roscoe pose in front of the ESPN College GameDay Bus
HottyToddy.com enthusiast Carole Cloud and boyfriend Paul Roscoe pose in front of the ESPN College GameDay Bus

Sam Mitchell shares a selfie moment with her ESPN College GameDay volunteer badge
Sam Mitchell shares a selfie moment with her ESPN College GameDay volunteer badge

Student Volunteers: Chandler Marie Morgan, Olivia Wells, Ashley Dunn, Catherine Carroon, Tessa Poyner, Trey Edenfield, and Jimmy Anderson posing in front of the ESPN College GameDay Bus
Student Volunteers: Chandler Marie Morgan, Olivia Wells, Ashley Dunn, Catherine Carroon, Tessa Poyner, Trey Edenfield, and Jimmy Anderson posing in front of the ESPN College GameDay Bus

Sam Mitchell is a HottyToddy.com staff writer and can be reached at smitche3@go.olemiss.edu.

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