SAGU TV to air 15 games this fall

Football opener on Saturday at 6pm

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The largest-ever fall sports broadcast schedule for Southwestern Assemblies of God University has been released. It’s like a three-ring circus filled with lions!

Fifteen games are on the SAGU Sports Live, according to John Cookman, the ringmaster, ah, er, Executive Producer. With an almost completely student crew of twenty for each game, the excitement and professional feel continues to develop.

It is SAGU’s version of the Greatest Show on Earth!

The only thing different is the roar comes from the teams and live fans. On-line viewers, however, will need to supply their own popcorn.

With the addition of select soccer games, Lion fans will be able to catch the action of all four teams; football, volleyball and both men’s and women’s soccer, between September and November.

Southwestern will air all five home football contests, six volleyball matches and a pair of men’s and women’s soccer doubleheaders. All can be accessed on-line at:

Currently, fans can view archived sporting events at the same location.

Connect to SAGU TV on-line on computers, iPhones, iPads and other apps at no charge to the viewer, all in authentic high definition.

Southwestern remains the only college in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), numbering 300 members, to broadcast in HD.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams, who start their seasons in November, will have all of their home games on the air beginning in January.

This will be the fourth season SAGU Sports Live has carried football and basketball.

It all kicks-off, literally, this Saturday, September 1, when the Lions football team plays host to Bethany College. The game starts at 6:00pm, though the pre-game show is live at 5:45pm (CST).

SAGU Sports Live has been a collaborative effort between Cookman and Jesse Godding, the Athletic Director and football coach at Southwestern. Godding’s vision, which he shared with Cookman years ago, has not only materialized, but continues to expand.

Students from the Media Services Department handle most roles, from planning, directing, pre and post production, numerous camera operators and studio technicians and those who perform interviews and research.

The SSL crew hold weekly production meetings where strategies and minute-by-minute timelines are discussed.

Each sport has different students directing operations.

The construction of the new World Communications Center, due to open on campus in the fall of 2013, will greatly enhance the growing digital arts and other majors connected to broadcasting.

Plans also include weekly Coaches Shows, where each sport will be covered throughout the school year. An announcement is expected in the near future.

SAGU, 4-6 a year ago in football, will take on nationally ranked Bethany, who were 8-3 in 2011.

The blue and gold Swedes will be led by QB Darby House, who threw for 2,500 yards 20 touchdowns last fall for an offense that averaged 32 points per game. His favorite target is Brandon Martino, who snared 54 passes for eight scores. Both are seniors.

It is the second year in a row the two have met in the season opener. The Lions dropped a 29-21 decision to BC last fall in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Rob Price is the new host of the show and will partner with Tim Roberts, who serves as the Color Analyst. Price will handle the Play-by-Play role.

Former host, Clay Scarborough, is now the Assistant Principal at John Tyler High School in his hometown of Tyler Texas.

Sideline reporter and chief interviewer for athlete spotlights, Krystal Sonmore, graduated in the spring and is now the weekend sports anchor for an NBC TV station in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Bianca Alarcon, a senior from Elgin, Illinois, has been announced as the new sideline/courtside personality. She will provide pre-game weather and injury updates. Her specialty will be pre, mid and post-game interviews with players and coaches.

SSL will continue player spotlights throughout the year. The in-depth dialogues with student-athletes will be taped during the week and aired during games. Watch for Alarcon playing the leading role in most of these interviews.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

2012 Fall Sports Broadcast Menu on SAGU TV

A pre-game show will air approximately 15 minutes before each broadcast. A post-game wrap-up will follow. Expect live interviews with SAGU players and coaches, and sometimes with the opposing teams.

Date Team SAGU Opponent Pre-Game Game Time
9/1 FB Bethany College (KS) 5:$5pm 6:00pm
9/8 W-SOC Louisiana College 2:45pm 3:00pm
9/8 M-SOC Louisana College 4:50pm 5:00pm
9/15 FB Austin College (TX) 6:45pm 7:00pm
9/22 FB Texas Lutheran University 5:$5pm 6:00pm
9/25 VB Texas Wesleyan University 6:45pm 7:00pm
10/8 VB Mid-America Christian University 6:45pm 7:00pm
10/13 FB Haskell University (KS) Homecoming 1:$5pm 2:00pm
10/20 W-SOC University of the Southwest (NM) 11:45pm Noon
10/20 M-SOC University of the Southwest (NM) 1:45pm 2:00pm
10/25 VB Southern Nazarene University (OK) 6:$5pm 7:00pm
11/2 VB Wiley College (TX) 6:$5pm 7:00pm
11/3 VB Texas College 10:45am 11:00am
11/3 VB Jarvis Christian College (TX) 3:45pm 4:00pm
11/10 FB Texas College 1:45pm 2:00pm

Opponents are from the NAIA and both the NCAA Division II and III.