College Football Kickoff 2023 with Ed Billick

Segment 1, September 2nd, 2023

One of the rights of passage in saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall is Labor Day weekend & College Football.  However a lot is changing in football but a lot stays the same.

Ed Billick, host of Carolina Focus & a member of the WBT Sports Team joins us to have a look at the opening day of College football.  Billick hails from one of the nation’s biggest sports communities, Pittsburgh, although he’s been in the Carolinas for decades.

Carolina Outdoor host, Bill Bartee, speaks to Billick about his view of the sports scene during this time of expansion*.

The biggest conference that are making the most money are the BIG10 which is predominantly made up of Midwestern schools & the SEC which is made up of primarily southern teams (the closest to us is Columbia’s S. Carolina).  The ACC organization recently moved to Charlotte & much is made about its continued expansion.
*(following the interview the ACC announced that it was adding Stanford, Cal, & SMU)

Besides the competitiveness of a game much is celebrated about the festivities of a football game.  The environment of the schools, the cheerleaders, the band & the music, the alum, the tailgating, the food, night time versus day time are all apart of the discussion.  Tommy Fradenburg, producer of the Carolina Outdoors this week, joins the chat.

The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 8, 2024, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Bartee told Billick that he’ll be watching the games from the Charlotte outdoor store, Jesse Brown’s, during the Labor Day Sidewalk Sale.