ESPN already working on 2012 season-opener

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ESPN is already working on the 2012 television schedule and the “World Wide Leader” wants Vanderbilt.

According to The Tennessean, ESPN is hoping to kick-off the 2012 season by airing the Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina game on a Thursday night from Nashville.

This year’s season-opener on ESPN will feature UNLV at Wisconsin. We may watch Mississippi State at Memphis instead, which airs on Fox Sports Net.

Vanderbilt vice-chancellor of athletics David Williams said,“This was an SEC request. They really wanted us to play South Carolina on that first weekend.”(Translation: ESPN wants Marcus Lattimore, Jadaveon Clowney, Spurrier, and the SEC.)

In order for the game to occur, Vanderbilt will have to shift its already scheduled game against Presbyterian College to another date or future year. In other words, Vanderbilt will be booting the Blue Hose in the next few weeks.

For those interested, here’s the latest from Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.