Stephen A. Smith, Molly Qerim and the First Take will travel to Canton, Ohio later this week. Highlighting historically Black colleges and universities around the country, ESPN will tape a live episode of the popular sports show in Canton before Winston-Salem State and Central State play in the Back College Football Hall of Fame on September 4. The special episode will feature Super Bowl Champion Doug Williams along with the marching bands from both Winston-Salem State and Central State.
“This appearance by First Take has been a longtime in the making,” Winston-Salem State graduate Stephen A. Smith said.
“As a graduate from an HBCU — Winston-Salem State University — there are no limits to the level of appreciation I have for Black Colleges throughout this nation. And there’s nothing that highlights the allure of Black Colleges more than football. From the marching bands to the games themselves, Black college football illuminates the Black college experience in ways that nothing else does. First Take is honored to play a role in bringing that message to its national television audience. We can’t wait to get there! See ya in Canton!”
First Take will be live from Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio on September 2, 2022. Doors will open for fans at 8:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 2, @FirstTake will be live from the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic weekend
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