--Courtesy Pittsburgh Sports Information
The Pitt Panthers will be making an all-day stop at the studios of ESPN -- the "World Wide Leader of Sports" -- in Bristol, Conn., this Friday, July 30.
Coach Dave Wannstedt, senior defensive end Greg Romeus and sophomore tailback Dion Lewis will take part in the famous ESPN "Car Wash," where they will do interviews and make appearances on various ESPN shows throughout the day.
Be sure to keep up with behind-the-scenes pictures and information all day long by following Pitt media relations staffers E.J. Borghetti and Mendy Nestor on Twitter (@PittBorghetti and @PittMendyNestor).
This will be the latest national exposure for Lewis and Romeus, who hold status as two of the elite talents in all of college football. Both are highly viable candidates for numerous prestigious honors and awards this year after outstanding 2009 campaigns.
The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis (Albany, N.Y./Blair Academy [N.J.]) ranked third nationally in rushing last year (138.38 yards/game). He was named to no fewer than eight postseason All-America teams and also earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
Called "the game's most complete runner," by Sporting News, Lewis' running style and high production sparked comparisons to some of the top backs in school history. He finished with 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns on 325 carries (5.5 avg.), the second highest yardage in Pitt annals. Only the legendary Tony Dorsett, who eclipsed 2,000 yards during his 1976 Heisman Trophy campaign, rushed for more yards in a single season at Pitt.
Romeus (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades) was the 2009 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year (shared with graduated teammate Mick Williams) after collecting 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and a team-high eight sacks. He additionally had three forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and blocked PAT.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Romeus was a finalist for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award and additionally was selected to three different All-America teams, including CollegeFootballNews.com (second team), Sporting News (third team) and Rivals (third team).
The Pitt football team is a fixture in the preseason Top 25 rankings after winning 10 games last year, including a 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Panthers begin the 2010 season with one of the most exciting openers in college football when they play at perennially strong Utah on Thursday, Sept. 2.
Pitt's ESPN Schedule
9 a.m. Arrive/makeup!
9:25 a.m. Mike & Mike Show (Coach Wannstedt)
9:25 a.m. ESPNRise (Dion Lewis & Greg Romeus)
9:40 a.m. ESPNRise (Coach Wannstedt)
10:00 a.m. SportsCenter.com (all 3 on field)
10:20 a.m. Digital Media (Dion & Greg)
10:20 a.m. ESPN.com chat (Coach)
10:45 a.m. Meet with College Football Live Crew
11:00 a.m. ESPNU taping (all 3)
11:30 a.m. 1250 ESPN Radio Pittsburgh - Stan & Guy Show (Greg Romeus)
11:30 a.m. ESPN's First Take (Coach Wannstedt)
12:00 p.m. GameNight Radio (Coach Wannstedt)
12:00 p.m. ESPN.com interviews (Greg Romeus & Dion Lewis)
12:15 p.m. Scott Van Pelt Show taping (Coach Wannstedt)
1:30-2:20 p.m. Meeting with Dave Brown, ESPN Vice President for Programming
2:25 p.m. The Drive 1250 ESPN Radio Pittsburgh (Dion Lewis)
2:25 p.m. ESPN Digital Media with Coach Wannstedt
2:40 p.m. ESPNews LIVE on set (Wannstedt, Lewis and Romeus)
3:00 p.m. SportsNation taping (all 3)
3:30-4 p.m. College Football Live - LIVE - (Wannstedt, Lewis and Romeus)
4:15p.m. Depart ESPN