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Nov. 09, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU UPB sponsors ESPN speakers

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - ESPN sports commentators will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 13 to provide a behind-the-scenes and career development discussion.

The University Program Board-sponsored event beings at 7 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

COHN Panelists will be: Linda Cohn, ESPN's "SportsCenter" anchor; Desmond Howard, ESPN's "College Game Day" analyst; and Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL insider and commentator.

Topics on the agenda will be career paths and personal challenges, the business side of sports, working for ESPN and how the media affects sports and society. The panel will also offer an overview of the NFL Week 11 matchups and Super Bowl "Contenders and Pretenders." A question-and-answer session will follow.

Cohn has been the anchor for ESPN's "SportsCenter" since 1992 and has long been considered a pioneer for woman sportscasters. In addition to working on "SportsCenter," Cohn has authored "Cohn-Head," that describes her "no-holds-barred account of breaking into the boys' club." The book will be available for purchase at the SGA Bookstore in the Smith Center the week prior to the symposium.

HOWARD Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl XXXI MVP, joined ESPN in 2005 as a college football analyst and is heard each Saturday on the Emmy-winning ESPN's "College Gameday" show.

Howard played football for the University of Michigan from 1988-1991 where he became the first receiver in Big 10 history to lead the conference in scoring. Howard set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records during his career as a Wolverine.

In 2010, Howard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication.

SCHEFTER Schefter is regarded by many as one of the top professional football reporters in the industry with more than 20 years of experience covering the National Football League. Since 2009, Schefter has been a featured reporter for ESPN's "SportsCenter," "NFL Live," "Sunday NFL Countdown," "Monday Night Countdown" and "ESPNEWS."

Prior to joining ESPN, Schefter was a sportswriter for the Denver Post where he covered the Denver Broncos for 15 seasons. He received the Colorado Sports Writer of the Year award in 2002 and 2003.

He graduated from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is the author of four books.

The SRU Women's Studies Program and the department of sport management will co-sponsor a reception following the program.

Symposium tickets (limit 2) are $3 for SRU students, $6 general public at the Smith Student Center Information Desk.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.