published Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Noontime start probable for Vols-Bulldogs game

The Oct. 10 football game between Tennessee and Georgia at Neyland Stadium can expect a lunchtime kickoff, according to CBS and ESPN officials.

CBS has scheduled its lone day-night doubleheader for Oct. 10, and network executive vice president Mike Aresco considers the game between No. 1 Florida and No. 9 LSU in Baton Rouge a "99-percenter" for the prime-time slot. The Alabama-Ole Miss game in Oxford is the favorite for the 3:30 start on CBS, because it's another matchup of preseason top-10 teams and could decide the SEC West.

Burke Magnus, ESPN's senior vice president of college programming, said Tuesday that CBS has exclusive windows on both Oct. 10 telecasts.

"On that week every year, all the rest of the games in the league will be early," Magnus said, "so (Tennessee-Georgia) will be an early game."

Tennessee-Georgia could be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU at noon, or it could be the SEC Regional telecast (formerly Lincoln Financial) at 12:21. Other Oct. 10 games include Auburn-Arkansas, Kentucky-South Carolina, Mississippi State-Houston and Vanderbilt-Army.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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