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ESPN sets location on Washington State campus for College GameDay show

ESPN College GameDay hosts Lee Corso, left, and Kirk Herbstreit confer during the telecast from The Junction prior to Mississippi State playing Auburn in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct 11, 2014. No.3 Mississippi State beat No. 2 Auburn 38-23. (Rogelio Solis / Associated Press)
Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Rece Davis will set up shop directly in front of Martin Stadium Saturday when ESPN College GameDay makes its debut on the Washington State campus Saturday morning. ESPN has announced the location of Saturday’s show, which will be held in conjunction with 25th-ranked Washington State’s game against No. 12 Oregon at 4:30 p.m. in Pullman. The set will be constructed on the corner of Stadium Way and Ferdinand’s Lane, across the street from Martin Stadium and the iconic bronze Cougar Pride statue. Viewers will be able to see both the stadium and statue in the backdrop. Three weeks ago, when the Cougars hosted Utah, the Pac-12 Networks used the same location to host its pregame and postgame shows, setting up a set on the grass field that’s right next to the School of Molecular Biosciences and directly across the street from the RV tailgate parking lot. College GameDay will be holding its 354th show in Pullman this Saturday. The 2018 season is also the 15th year WSU alum Tom Pounds has waved his Ol’ Crimson flag behind the set of the ESPN show. “I think it’s pretty good with the flag tradition that we have, I think it’s pretty important with that,” Cougars coach Mike Leach said Monday during a news conference. “I think it’s overdue and I think we’re excited to have it and our students are certainly excited to have it and as a team, it’s kind of business as usual. But I think it’s a good opportunity for our fans and a good showcase for our university and our team.”