Kenny Chesney dropped by ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show on Friday morning and while he was on, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton called in.
Watch a clip below:
Kenny Chesney, one of East Tennessee State University’s most notable alumni, is helping raise funds for a new stadium as the school relaunches their football program:
At a conference in front of fans and the entire ETSU football team, the school athletic department announced plans for the new facility.
According to ETSU, the stadium will cost more than $26 million. And while the school has reached a major milestone, they still have a long way to go to raise that money.
‚ÄúWe are more than halfway towards that level, we are on a time frame in which we’re able to break ground in November, December, so in order to break ground, according to state policy, we must have funds in place for Phase One,‚ÄĚ said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland.
Noland said the majority of the funds already raised have come from a new student fee that supports football. But with approximately $13 million left to raise, university officials are going to be more aggressive than ever.
‚ÄúWe’re going to be out and talk to anybody we welcome anybody to be a part of this and we’re not going to stop until it’s done, we’ve got to see it through,‚ÄĚ said Scott Carter, Senior Associate Athletic Director and former ETSU football player.
That includes bringing in the big guns, country superstar Kenny Chesney, and former Volunteer Head Football Coach Phil Fulmer.
Kenny Chesney, arguably ETSU’s most famous alumnus, agreed to co-chair the fundraising committee and said in part, “I couldn’t be more excited that college football is returning to Johnson City and upper East Tennessee… I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of that in a small way and can’t wait for kickoff.”
It’s no secret that Kenny Chesney is a huge football fan. A couple days back he joined Buzz Brainard on SiriusXM’s The Highway and one of the topics they discussed is the NFL playoffs.
Four teams remain, and Kenny will play at the home of each team on his Big Revival Tour.
Chesney’s picks? Seahawks over Packers and Patriots over the Colts. Listen to his reasoning below:
Spend your Saturday morning with Kenny Chesney and college football:
Country music star Kenny Chesney will be the celebrity guest picker when ESPN College GameDay airs from the Horsehoe at South Carolina this Saturday.
Chesney will perform a song off his new record, which was released on Tuesday, during the telecast.
Chesney and Spurrier are longtime friends. He co-produced the recent Steve Spurrier documentary ‚ÄúThe Believer.‚ÄĚ
Chesney is a longtime Tennessee fan. He was the celebrity picker once before when ‚ÄúGameDay‚ÄĚ visited Knoxville.
Kenny Chesney was in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night to attend a private screening of “The Believer,” a documentary co-produced by Kenny about SC football coach Steve Spurrier.
Chesney flew in Friday night for an uber-private screening of a documentary featuring South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier, held at Williams-Brice Stadium with the Spurrier family and very few, lucky guests.
In July, it was reported by Rolling Stone that Chesney had co-produced the documentary titled ‚ÄúThe Believer.‚ÄĚ
The one hour biopic is all about the legendary head coach, as part of the ‚ÄúSEC Storied‚ÄĚ series.
‚ÄúThey spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So hopefully it will turn out ok,‚ÄĚ Spurrier said at a recent SEC media day event, in true nonchalant Head Ball Coach fashion.
‚ÄúThe Believer‚ÄĚ will air (where else) on the SEC Network at 8:00 p.m. EDT on August 27th ‚Äď the eve of the network‚Äôs inaugural live football broadcast (which features Spurrier‚Äôs team ‚Äď the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks ‚Äď going up against the No. 20/21 Texas A&M Aggies).
Gamecock fans and football fans alike should enjoy the piece, which will include Spurrier‚Äôs tenure as a Heisman winning quarterback at Florida University, his brief stint in the NFL and how he made believers out of Gamecock nation.
Kenny Chesney has once again teamed up with his longtime video director Shaun Silva, this time to tell the story of legendary college football coach Steve Spurrier:
Steve Spurrier will take his turn in ESPN and the SEC Network‚Äôs ‚ÄúSEC Storied‚ÄĚ series at 8 p.m. on Aug. 27 in a documentary titled, ‚ÄúThe Believer.‚ÄĚ The film covers Spurrier‚Äôs career as a player and coach, featuring interviews with his former players and his family, and addresses why and how Spurrier became Spurrier.
‚ÄúIt was a documentary they wanted to put together,‚ÄĚ Spurrier said on Tuesday at SEC Media Days. ‚ÄúThey spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK.‚ÄĚ
The trailer was released on Wednesday, a 90-second burst of Spurrier playing and coaching at Florida, Duke and South Carolina. The visor-tossing, the grin and the trophies are all well represented.
ESPN and the SEC had been discussing a Spurrier film, and once ESPN‚Äôs acclaimed ‚Äú30 For 30‚ÄĚ series began, it gained traction. A country music star provided an assist.
‚ÄúThere had been some talk of doing a Spurrier documentary, and when Kenny got involved, it kind of just fell together,‚ÄĚ said Andy Billman, a producer of ESPN Films.
Kenny Chesney and Spurrier have been friends since 2007, when Chesney was performing at Colonial Life Arena and invited Spurrier on stage. Chesney, a football fan and longtime supporter of Tennessee, received a No. 7 USC jersey from Spurrier when Chesney played Williams-Brice Stadium in 2013 (No. 7 not for Jadeveon Clowney, but because it was Chesney‚Äôs number in high school).
Chesney, who also helped with a 2011 film called ‚ÄúThe Boys of Fall‚ÄĚ about football players across all levels, pitched his support as co-executive producer and the idea took off. ‚ÄúSEC Storied‚ÄĚ covered topics such as Herschel Walker and ‚ÄúThe Play That Changed College Football,‚ÄĚ a recap of the 1992 SEC Championship Game in which Spurrier and his Gators were well represented, and decided to include Spurrier‚Äôs own film in its next wave.
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Kenny Chesney was in his beloved Boston on Wednesday night for game one of the World Series featuring the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a product of, oddly enough, where I grew up,‚ÄĚ Chesney said. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt grow up in the Northeast or New England at all. But when I was a kid, growing up we didn‚Äôt have cable, so I spent my Saturdays, the only access to baseball I had was ‚ÄėThis Week in Baseball‚Äô and I looked forward to that as a kid. The only games they had on Saturdays always seemed like the Red Sox or Cincinnati Reds. I loved those two teams growing up. Even playing Little League I wanted to be on either the Reds or the Sox as a kid, so that‚Äôs where it started.‚ÄĚ
Then came 2004 when the Red Sox erased 86 years of misery and won the World Series.
‚ÄúIn 2004 I became really good friends with Kevin Millar, Mike Timlin and Tim Wakefield, and how can you not love those guys and love that team. I love this city, actually.‚ÄĚ
Kenny joined Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. Watch below: