On Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, sports fans nationwide will be introduced to ACC Network (ACCN), the new, 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports. The network will debut its flagship news and information show All ACC with special guests and coverage from across the league. Notable head coaches, on-air personalities and ACC alums will be showcased in the two-hour special sharing the passion, history, innovation and excellence of the ACC. Additionally, The Class That Saved Coach K will premiere immediately afterwards, with The Huddle: Launch Special also airing that first night.
Kelsey Riggs, Jac Collinsworth, Jordan Cornette and Dalen Cuff will co-host the show featuring a wide-range of sports coverage, a host of ACCN experts, previews of original programming, behind-the-scenes access and live look-ins at the action on ACC campuses.
Highlights of the All ACC Launch Night Special:
- Special guests: ACC Commissioner John Swofford, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney, Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Heisman Trophy winner and former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and former North Carolina women’s soccer great Kristine Lilly, Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw, former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and many more
- A tour of the new Packer and Durham studio
- ACCN personalities on location
- Appearances from players and teams across the ACC
- First 10 Minutes of ACC Network Launch Available Across Multiple ESPN Networks
Viewers can watch the ACC Network launch on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS beginning at 7 p.m., on August 22.
The Class That Saved Coach K
Following All ACC, The Class that Saved Coach K will debut at 9 p.m. This 90-minute documentary tells the story of Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his 1982 recruiting class that, over four years, would overcome a bumpy start to change the narrative – turning the Blue Devils around and setting its coach on a historic course. Members of that class, including Mark Alarie, Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and David Henderson, along with the Hall of Fame coach, recall the extraordinary beginning of Duke’s journey to becoming college basketball’s gold standard. Bonus content, including stories and conversations during an intimate dinner hosted by Coach K with members of the 1986 team, will be featured in a 30-minute special An Evening WithThe Class That Saved Coach K that will immediately follow the film.
First Look at The Huddle
A special 30-minute edition of The Huddle, ACCN’s signature football show, will air at 11 p.m. on launch night. The Huddle: Launch Special will set the stage for what viewers can expect from host Jac Collinsworth and analysts Eric Mac Lain, EJ Manuel and Mark Richt this upcoming football season. The quartet will be back on Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m., for The Huddle: Season Preview – a two-hour show featuring an all-encompassing preview of ACC football.
About ACC Network
Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports launching on August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNX), will feature 1,350 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across all sports and championships.
*Carriage agreements are also in place with the following video providers: DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, Spectrum TV, TVision, Verizon Fios, members of the NCTC, NRTC, Vivicast and YouTube TV, among others. All ACCN games will also be available on the ESPN app to authenticated cable subscribers. Fans interested in learning more about ACCN can visit www.GetACCN.com.