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ESPN's College GameDay Not Coming to Pullman

ESPN's College GameDay will be broadcasting live from Pullman this Saturday. ESPN's College GameDay will be broadcasting live from Pullman this Saturday.
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After heavy anticipation, deliberation, and a little teasing on Twitter, ESPN's College GameDay officially announced they will be broadcasting live from Philadelphia on Saturday and not from Pullman. 

The choice seemed to be between the Temple-Notre Dame game or the Stanford-WSU game, and the decision was made to head to Philly instead of the Palouse. 

Pullman has never hosted ESPN's traveling, weekly live college football pregame show. College football analysts say part of the reason the show likely picked Philadelphia is a historic storyline. Temple's football team is 7-0 for the first time in 121 years and is playing a top-ten ranked team in Notre Dame. 

Despite losing out on GameDay, the Cougars have won three straight games and five of their first seven. One more win would make the team eligible for postseason play.

Minutes after ESPN tweeted its official decision, Ol' Crimson -- the flag which has flown at 171 straight College GameDay shows -- announced it plans on flying in Philadelphia as well.

Why Did The Decision Take So Long?

It's one of a few questions many Cougar fans and WSU alums are still asking after the decision. One major factor is logistics. 

Washington State’s campus is quite the road trip from James Madison University, host of this past weekend’s GameDay. To pack up the set and get to Pullman would take 38 hours according to Google Maps, and that’s as long as they consistently rotate drivers, don't stop, and don't hit any traffic.

On top of that, one of the hosts -- Kirk Herbstreit -- is a contributing factor in this. He works on both College GameDay in the morning and in the booth for the Saturday night ABC primetime game, which this week is Notre Dame at Temple. So logistically, Philadelphia had that edge.

So Why Did They Not Just Announce Philadelphia As The Host of GameDay Sunday?

Normally, College GameDay announces its next host site Sunday morning. The announcement this week was not made until Monday morning. The reason for the delay in that sense is likely due to where in Philadelphia GameDay wants to broadcast from.

The show wants to host from Independence Hall, which is a National Historic Site. It's federal land, not city or private property, so different permits are required to stage events in that space.

While it’s unclear if that’s the main reason for caused the hold up, if they needed the government buildings to open up on Monday morning to get the proper permits, GameDay may have had to wait.

However the decision taking a full 24 hours likely means at least one person involved in that GameDay decision process was pushing to bring the show to Pullman. One College GameDay producer did mention it was the hardest choice he's ever seen in his years with the program, and he promised the show would come to the Palouse.

WSU plays No. 8 Stanford Saturday at Martin Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

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