ESPNU to Broadcast Oct. 13 Mason Madness

Posted: October 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Intercollegiate Athletics will present its annual rite of fall, Mason Madness, on Friday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center (doors open at 10 p.m.) ESPNU will be at this year’s event, tabbed “The BIG DANCE Party,” to tip off the beginning of the 2006-07 Patriots’ basketball campaigns.

ESPN commentators Bob Wenzel and Jon Sciambi will be the broadcast team on hand. The University of North Carolina and Indiana University are the other two schools selected to participate in ESPNU’s Midnight Madness, which will be aired that evening until 1:30 a.m.

Traditionally, fans are entertained with competitions as well as performances by select entertainment groups. The event is free and open to the public.

The Patriots’ cheerleaders, dance team and pep band will energize the crowd as George Mason ushers in the start of the new season.

Patriots’ players and coaches from the men’s and women’s teams will be introduced to their fans for the first time this season. The teams urge fans to “Be a part of Gold Rush! Be Bold. Wear Gold.”

Mason Madness is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the Fairfax Campus.

Since 1970, when former University of Maryland coach Lefty Driesell came up with the idea to start basketball practice at the earliest time NCAA regulations allowed, Midnight Madness has evolved at schools across the country. Now, an NCAA rule change allows teams to begin practicing before midnight.

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