|Coach Ambrose is interviewed by Armen Keteyian. Photo courtesy of Brad Messina.|
TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 16, 2012)—The Towson University football program will be featured on the CBS-TV program "60 Minutes," as part of a report on college football.
This fall, CBS reporter Armen Keteyian and his crew investigated the large dollar amounts spent by national programs to build teams, recruit players, bolster university image, attract students and fans, and ultimately win games.
As part of its report, the crew accompanied Towson on its trip to Louisiana State University for a regular season game in September, conducting numerous interviews with Head Coach Rob Ambrose, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and several players, among others.
During that trip, Towson would face nationally-ranked LSU in a televised match on Sept. 29.
Though they were decided underdogs, the Towson players and coaches considered themselves winners before they even took the field. That’s because at the very least, the match meant a guaranteed $500,000 from LSU—money to seed scholarships for future TU players and to improve facilities, among other things—and a chance for national exposure. Such benefits would only propel the program toward elite status.
“They’ll be more people watching this game tonight than perhaps have ever watched anything to do with Towson University in our history, going back 146 years,” said Waddell.
Then the Tigers surprised many with a gutsy performance and even took a 9-7 lead in the second quarter. Towson kept it close until the second half, when they lost 38-22 in what was considered a very respectable showing.
The show is scheduled to air Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
Note: Bill Owens, a 1988 graduate of Towson University, is the executive producer of “60 Minutes.”