It all began with a single Tweet from Dan Dakich yesterday.
In an effort to get ESPN’s Saturday morning pregame show, “College GameDay,” to Bloomington Indiana for the Big 10 opener against defending national champion Ohio State, he wrote, “IU Football Fans lose the ‘woe is me’ thing!! Stand up and let @leefitting know that IU Oct3 is the spot for @CollegeGameDay #iufbgameday”.
But what started off as a single Tweet really took off when Lee Fitting, the show’s producer, respoded directly.
“@CollegeGameDay would be a blast,” Fitting Tweeted in response to @IUBarstool’s pleas to the show.
Turns out there are many people who are pushing for ESPN to get to Bloomington for the game too, because then came endorsements from IU alumni on Tuesday, some of which have ESPN connections.
What followed was a flood of Tweets from campus alumni and fans that were all pushing for the ESPN coverage.
But why is everyone so excited about IU football this season?
It’s because they are on fire!
For the first time since 2010, they stand at 3-0 and has a good chance of winning their game this weekend against Wake Forest, thus beginning the season at 4-0 for the first time since 1990.
In an e-mail to Zach Osterman of Indystar, Mike Humes of ESPN wrote, “The primary factors that go into the decision on a ‘GameDay’ location are the records of the teams, quality of the matchup and compelling storylines of the teams in the game or the matchup itself.”
The win for IU this weekend is key in getting ESPN to take them seriously enough for GameDay. Still, the power of reach that social media allows for may be advantageous for IU fans.
In response to all the excitement on Twitter College GameDay responded yesterday, “We see you. #iufb4gameday” via Twitter.
Although the ESPN pregame show might not make it to Bloomington this weekend, a continuation of wins and the viral activity of fans might get ESPN to Indiana sooner than later.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports