Penn State football to be featured on ESPN 'All-Access: Training Days' series

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Fans will get an inside look on the Penn State football team's preparations under second-year head coach Bill O'Brien through a series of "All-Access" specials across ESPN platforms, beginning FridayAug. 16.

"ESPN All-Access: Penn State Training Days" will showcase behind-the-scenes access to on- and off-field activities, team meetings and campus facilities. The segments will introduce players and coaches as they compete in pre-season training camp, which begins Aug. 5. The Nittany Lions open the season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The filming will conclude with a one-hour ESPN or ESPN2 special at 7 p.m. TuesdayAug. 20. In addition, Penn State vignettes will be shown during "College Football Live," "SportsCenter" and multiple ESPNU shows, beginning Aug. 16. A five-part series consisting of 30-minute specials on ESPNU will begin at 6 p.m. WednesdayAug. 21. The remaining four airdates on ESPNU are to be announced.

Penn State joins Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma as the college football programs featured on the "ESPN All-Access: Training Days" series since its 2010 debut.

O’Brien also will be featured across ESPN platforms on ThursdayAug. 1, when he and the Big Ten football coaches visit ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Half of the Big Ten coaches will be in Bristol on July 31 and the other half on Aug. 1.

O'Brien's squad returns 16 starters and 37 letterwinners for this year. Season tickets are available for the 2013 campaign. The Nittany Lions will host five bowl teams from 2012, including three teams that finished in the BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming, 5 p.m.), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue (Nov. 16), Illinois (Nov. 2), UCF (6 p.m. Sept. 14) and Eastern Michigan (noon Sept. 7) also will visit Beaver Stadium this fall.

Penn State opens its 127th season vs. Syracuse on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets and for the Syracuse game, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.GoPSUsports.com or call 800-NITTANY from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Penn State Athletics is on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pennstatenittanylions) and Twitter (http://www.gopsusports.com/ot/socialmedia.html).

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Last Updated August 02, 2013