This season's “College GameDay” on ESPN will feature entertainer Nick Lachey providing features as a regular contributor, including onsite appearances.
“Nick is a huge sports fan and will add a unique perspective to the show,” said Norby Williamson, senior vice president and managing editor for ESPN. “He will provide wide-ranging, off-the-field features spotlighting the tradition of the game, its fans, athletes and personalities.”
Host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will return for their 10th season together when the program airs Sept. 3. In addition to Lachey, Desmond Howard, a 1991 Heisman Trophy winner with Michigan and 1997 Super Bowl MVP with Green Bay, will join as a weekly contributor, providing analysis and features.
Lachey and wife Jessica Simpson also will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of a tribute by the National Football League to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Their performance will be televised by CBS and Fox before the nine regular-season opening games on Sunday, Sept. 11, it was announced Wednesday.
The pop couple will perform at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., where the Washington Redskins will play the Chicago Bears.