AT&T AUDIENCE Network Launches 'Big Man Back on Campus' Produced by ESPN

Documentary chronicles four former college football stars as they head back to campus ahead of the college football playoff.

AT&T AUDIENCE Network (No. 3 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has a new, exclusive documentary, "Big Man Back on Campus," premiering Friday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


The documentary, produced by ESPN, follows one former football star from each school that has advanced to the semifinals of this year's College Football Playoff (CFP).  Garrison Hearst of the University of Georgia, Jason White of the University of Oklahoma, Tajh Boyd of Clemson University and Greg McElroy of the University of Alabama are featured in the project.

"Big Man Back on Campus" will give viewers an inside look at the CFP semifinalist teams as they strive to make it to the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T1 in Atlanta. Viewers will experience the journey through the eyes of the four stars as they return to the campuses and practice fields, where they reached the pinnacle of college football.

Here's background on each of the featured legends:

  • Garrison Hearst, running back, UGA: 1992 All-American1992 SEC Player of the Year and 1992 Heisman Trophy finalist.
  • Jason White, quarterback, Oklahoma: 2003 Heisman Trophy winner, 2001 BCS National Champion and 2003 All-American.
  • Tajh Boyd, quarterback, Clemson: 2012 All-American and 2012 ACC Player of the Year.
  • Greg McElroy, quarterback, Alabama: 2009 SEC Champion and BCS National Champion.

"Each of these four incredible athletes established themselves as campus legends during their remarkable college careers," said John Ward, SVP – Content Operations. "We're excited to give viewers a window into these unique journeys where each former player gets a chance to not only support their alma mater's team, but also to reminisce about their time in the college football spotlight."

The documentary will air on DIRECTV and U-verse platforms and DIRECTV NOW. AT&T AUDIENCE Network is available on DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114 and via live streaming on the DIRECTV and U-verse apps and DIRECTV NOW.

The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T will air live on ESPN Monday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. ET.

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AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

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