Series documenting building of Kennesaw State Football to air on CSS
Update: TV series featuring inside look to building of Owls program will re-air on Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. (ET)
KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 17, 2013) – Kickoff may not arrive at Kennesaw State University until the fall of 2015, but that is not going to prevent Owl Nation from seeing the football program in action.
The KSU Department of Athletics, in association with Pic2 Productions, is producing a four-part documentary titled "It's Our Time: The Building of Kennesaw State Football" that will air on Comcast Sports Southeast over the next two years.
The series, which debuts on Friday, Dec. 20, at 9:30 p.m. (ET), will provide a behind-the-scenes look that begins with the formation of an exploratory committee chaired by football coaching legend Vince Dooley and includes the anticipation of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voting in favor of KSU adding football, securing Fifth Third Bank as the leading sponsor, the official football announcement, the hiring of Brian Bohannon as head coach, the invitation to join the Big South Conference, the announcement of the first game at East Tennessee State on Sept. 3, 2015, and much more.
Future episodes will showcase Bohannon and his staff on the recruiting trail, while taking the audience inside the first signing day, open tryouts for current KSU students, the unveiling of uniforms, first reporting date for players, initial fall practice and spring game. Viewers also will learn how the Department of Athletics worked with student organizations to develop a distribution plan for student tickets, the creation of a marketing plan, selling of season tickets, renovations of facilities, partnership with local communities to create a dynamic game day environment, and preparation for the inaugural game and first kickoff at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
"The decision by an institution to start a football program is complex and requires significant collaboration by an entire university community," Al Barba, director of athletics communications and co-executive producer of the documentary, said. "Led by the vision of former and current students, former President Betty Siegel, President Daniel S. Papp, former Director of Athletics Dave Waples, current Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams and many others, that vision has become a reality.
"Through this documentary we will provide viewers with an inside look into all the decision-making and planning, while building the excitement level as Kennesaw State prepares for kickoff," Barba added. "The response to football at Kennesaw State has been overwhelming and that will come to life in this series as we document history."
Eight-time Emmy-award winning producer Steve Graham of Pic2 Productions is producing the documentary. He is widely heralded for his work on documentaries that include a look at Vince Dooley's final season as head coach at the University of Georgia and the Notre Dame-USC football rivalry. During his 30-year career, Graham has produced more than 2,000 sports and entertainment programs.
The second of five airings of "It's Our Time: The Building of Kennesaw State Football" is scheduled to run on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2:30 p.m. (ET).Three additional airings will be shown in January with the dates and times still to be determined.
Remaining episodes are schedule for the fall/winter 2014, summer of 2015 and fall of 2015.
ABOUT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY: Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of moer than 24,600 from 130 countries.
ABOUT KENNESAW STATE ATHLETICS: Kennesaw State University sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic sports and competes at the NCAA Division I level. Seventeen Owls teams compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Football will play at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) level and compete as an associate member of the Big South Conference beginning in 2015. KSU has won a total of six national championships at the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels. Kennesaw State became an NCAA Division I member prior to the 2005-06 athletics season.
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