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A few weeks ago, I published an update to everything I know about the highly anticipated EA Sports College Football project, currently slated to come out in July of 2023.
One of the most interesting new updates I've learned from phone calls and FOIAs is that EA has asked participating schools to share audio assets. Here's a spreadsheet that breaks down exactly what EA has asked for:
I was pretty curious about what sorts of assets schools were submitting. So I'm asking everybody I can.
I've filed an Open Records Request for this data, among other requests, for every single FBS institution that does not have a state residency requirement for filing requests. Additionally, I've also sent emails and left voice mails to a variety of institutions, from the largest power programs in the SEC and Big Ten, to much smaller mid-majors. I tried to call a mix of public and private schools and will continue to make those phone calls this month.
Beyond FOIAs, I've reached out to about two dozen institutions not mentioned below. I will update this newsletter as I get more data and responses. If you would like to share what your school has been doing to prepare for this project, my email is Matt@ExtraPointsMB.com, and I'd love to talk to you. I can assure you, there is no detail too small.
But for now, here's what schools are telling me, and what they've told other reporters. We currently have data for 33 programs.
Friends of the newsletter at the Daily-News Record submitted their own request. Among other various chants and cheers, the story reports:
JMU sent five songs to EA Sports; the fight song, “Get It On,” “Start Wearing Purple,” “All We Do Is Win,” and the JMU Alma Mater, according to Kevin Warner, JMU associate athletic director for communications
Among others, the story mentions:
Touchdown: Full JSU fight song
Field goal: Short JSU fight song
2-point conversion: First down cheer
Take away or fumble recovery: Eat ‘Em Up
Big defensive stop: Gamecock Spellout
In between quarters: Talkin’ Out The Side Of Your Neck
VT's 247 Site, inspired by this reporting, filed their own request. Here's what the school sent back.
The University did not have a completed copy of the spreadsheet that most schools produced. However, the school sent us a handful of direct audio files, including a BALL STATE BALL OUT clip. a clip of fans chanting what could best be described as CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP, AAAAAAHHHHH, the school's fight song. and a marching band clip of the Ball State Victory March.
Want to hear them? I've uploaded a few here.
Inspired by this reporting, 217Showers was able to get the full report back from Illinois.
Here's what UCLA sent me via an Open Records Request. No, I don't know why a few of the letters are missing either.