Hall named ESPNU anchor

Mike Hall, the original Dream Job winner, will become the signature anchor for ESPNU, the college sports network set to launch on Friday, March 4, 2005.

The 22-year-old Hall, who has served as host on ESPN and ESPNEWS, will anchor ESPNU's studio programming from Charlotte, N.C., headquarters of ESPN Regional Television (ERT) which will handle the primary production responsibilities for ESPNU.

His assignments will include pregame shows, halftimes and postgame hosting duties for the more than 300 live events planned for ESPNU in the first year alone. He will also host stand-alone specials and make public appearances on behalf of ESPNU.

"It's exciting," Hall said. "I've said for a while now, there's just something special about the passion we all have towards college athletics. It's unlike anything else in sports. I should know. I'm not that far removed from the college scene, which I think makes it a perfect fit!"

Burke Magnus, ESPNU Vice President and GM, added, "Mike Hall will become the daily face of ESPNU. He's worked hard to develop great on-air skills, while establishing a strong connection with sports fans. Equally if not more important, Mike possesses a strong passion for college sports, an essential trait he will share with ESPNU fans."

Hall's first appearance will be on the network's debut show -- a two-hour live special edition ESPNU College GameDay from Stillwater, Okla. on March 4 at 7 p.m. ET. That program, staged from the campus site of the next day's Texas at Oklahoma State men's college basketball game, will be simulcast on ESPN2.

Hall will be back in Charlotte the next day to anchor studio coverage for ESPNU's extensive Championship Week action.

Additional ESPNU commentators will be announced on a later date.