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RAYCOM KICKOFF CLASSIC TELECAST LOOKS AT STORIED PAST AND BRIGHT FUTURE OF TWO TOP TEAMS

 RAYCOM KICKOFF CLASSIC TELECAST LOOKS
 AT STORIED PAST AND BRIGHT FUTURE OF TWO TOP TEAMS
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A national television audience will re-live the pride of the past and witness the promise of the future when Raycom telecasts the 10th annual Kickoff Classic Aug. 29 from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
 Raycom, the nation's leading independent sports programmer, will reach 80 percent of the country with the live telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. EDT. The Kickoff Classic pits 14th-ranked Iowa against 25th- ranked N.C. State.
 Under the direction of veteran producer David Handler, the telecast will feature one of college football's greatest, but perhaps most forgotten, players. Iowa back Nile Kinnick, for whom the 70,397-seat Hawkeye football stadium is named, won the 1939 Heisman Trophy after playing 402 straight minutes, throwing 11 touchdown passes and drop- kicking 11 extra points. That same year, the Associated Press named Kinnick its athlete of the year over Joe DiMaggio and Joe Lewis. A member of the Naval Reserve, Kinnick was called into active duty three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He died in 1943 when his plane crashed during a training flight.
 "Although few people have heard of him because of his untimely death, Kinnick could have been the greatest football player ever. After the Kickoff Classic, I hope that fans nationwide will know of Kinnick and his accomplishments," said Handler, who is producing his sixth Kickoff Classic.
 The telecast will also feature Iowa's quest for revenge after two straight losses to N.C. State by a total of 13 points -- 28-20 in Iowa City in 1965 and 28-23 in the 1988 Peach Bowl. Iowa quarterback Jim Hartlieb especially hungers for victory because his brother Chuck, a two-time All-Big Ten selection, was the starting quarterback in the 1988 Peach Bowl loss.
 Despite the losses to N.C. State, Iowa boasts one of the nation's great winning college football traditions. A 30-year veteran, Hawkeye Coach Hayden Fry ranks third among NCAA Division I active coaches in all-time victories (189), trailing only Penn State's Joe Paterno and Florida State's Bobby Bowden. Entering into his 14th season at Iowa, Fry has led the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten championships and 10 bowl appearances.
 On the other side of the field, Raycom cameras will focus on N.C. State's Dick Sheridan, who posts one of the leading winning percentages in college football. Before coming to N.C. State seven years ago, Sheridan led Furman University to six conference championships and three NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances in eight years. Sheridan ranks eighth among active Division I coaches in career winning percentage (.691).
 Televising the Kickoff Classic for the eighth-straight year, Raycom will telecast the game in more than 100 markets, including the top five -- New York, Los Angles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
 Talent for the game is veteran play-by-play announcer Phil Stone and color commentator Dave Rowe, who, along with Raycom Vice President and Executive Producer Peter Rolfe, will fly out of Los Angeles early on August 27 after working the Raycom telecast of the August 26 Disneyland Pigskin Classic at Anaheim Stadium. Stone has worked for Raycom for the past six years, providing play-by-play for Pac-10 basketball, Southwest Conference football and the Freedom Bowl. A former All-Pro defensive lineman who started for the 1977 Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders, Rowe provides color commentary for Southwest Conference football.
 Along with the Kickoff Classic and Disneyland Pigskin Classic, Raycom televises Houston Oilers pre-season games, the Freedom Bowl and the Blockbuster Bowl, America's newest New Year's Day classic, which will be televised nationally over CBS. Raycom's basketball telecasts include a 31-game schedule for distribution over ABC and regional network coverage for the Big Eight, Big Ten, Pac-10, Metro Conference, Southwest Conference and, in association with JP Sports, the Atlantic Coast Conference.
 THE 10TH ANNUAL KICKOFF CLASSIC
 Telecast Fact Sheet
 Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes (ranked 14th in Street & Smith's
 pre-season poll) vs. N.C. State Wolfpack (ranked
 25th in Street & Smith)
 Date: Saturday, Aug. 29, 1992
 Time: 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
 Place: Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
 The Match-Up: Finishing 10-1-1 and ranked 10th in last season's
 final polls, Iowa returns 12 starters, including
 All-Big Ten pick Danan Hughes, rated the NFL's
 top draft prospect at wide receiver. Despite the
 return of five All-Big Ten players, Iowa must
 replace two-time All-Big Ten quarterback Matt
 Rodgers, 1,000-yard rusher Mike Saunders and all
 starters at defensive end and in the secondary.
 N.C. State's greatest strength, its secondary,
 will look to contain Hughes, Iowa's most
 explosive offensive weapon. Led by pre-season
 All-America selections Mike Reid and Sebastian
 Savage, the Wolfpack secondary may well be one of
 the best in the nation. On offense, N.C. State
 returns senior quarterback Terry Jordan and
 tailback Anthony Barbour, an explosive, elusive
 runner who will challenge the Hawkeyes' line and
 ends.
 The Production
 Crew: The 45-member crew is headed by veteran producer
 David Handler, Raycom's coordinating producer for
 Southwest Conference football and basketball.
 Handler, who joined Raycom in 1984, produced the
 first Blockbuster Bowl. He also produces
 Raycom's college basketball games for ABC, Texas
 Ranger baseball and Dallas Cowboys and Houston
 Oilers football. Directing the game will be
 Raycom Senior Coordinating Producer Johnny Tyous,
 who works out of the Charlotte office.
 Talent: Phil Stone will handle play-by-play, while Dave
 Rowe will provide color analysis.
 Telecast History
 & Clearance: For the eighth-straight year, Raycom carries the
 Kickoff Classic to a national audience. This
 year's telecast will be carried via syndication
 to more than 100 markets including the top 35.
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