By LARRY VAUGHT
Katie George started work for the new ACC Network this month and was in Charlotte recently for a two-day boot camp for on-air talent where she got to learn from personalities such as Holly Rowe and Maria Taylor.
She remembers sitting on the baseline for college basketball games at Kentucky and watching Kaylee Hartung, Laura Rutledge and others working for ESPN and the SEC Network. Now George has her chance.
“I won’t be on ESPN on a regular basis but it is a great step to reaching that goal,” George, a former Louisville volleyball star who was ACC Player of the Year her senior season, said. “I have been to every ACC campus except Duke and you never know what could happen in the future. I want to be on a national stage. That’s always been my goal.
“I am sure there are people out there who think everything came easy or the way she looks and being Miss Kentucky made this all happen. They didn’t see the nights carrying 50 pounds plus of camera gear around and what I did. This is hard work. It’s not glamorous. You are working 10 to 12 hours a day to get two minutes on air. I just don’t think most people understand how much time you put in.
“I was on the baseline with my camera watching Kaylee, Maria, Laura and others. I felt like a peasant with a camera while they were reporting. I just knew I had to suck it up and put the work in. That’s my mantra and sticking to my guns has paid off. I have not reached all my goals yet but I am getting there and really excited about this opportunity.”
George, a Louisville native, worked for WDRB-TV in Louisville after graduation and spent last season as a reporter for the Milwaukee Bucks Network.
Her first football game will be Aug. 29 when Georgia Tech plays at defending national champion Clemson. She will be at Pittsburgh on Aug. 31 when the Panthers host Virginia.
The ACC joins the Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 as conferences with its own TV network. George said negotiations remain ongoing with various cable providers on picking up the ACC Network when it launches Aug. 22.