Media Day 2011: ESPN's Holly Rowe Back at BYU

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes on July 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 8:04 am

BYU Athletics spent some time with ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe Monday while she was getting ready for media day.

Rowe shared with us some highlights of her career. 

"One of the things I'm really excited about is that I do the Saturday night prime time football game on ESPN," Rowe said. "So usually we're getting one of the top one or two football games of the week for college football. We do a ton of SEC games and I can just remember some key moments at Florida or at Auburn. I got to interview Cam Newton this year and got to ride that bandwagon for a little bit. Those have been some big moments I've enjoyed being part of."

Despite moving on in her career, Rowe has a special place in her heart for BYU. 

"This was my first job," Rowe said. "I got my first start as a sideline reporter doing BYU and Air Force football games for the old Blue and White Sports Network that use to run out of BYU. It was such a great start and I am so grateful for it. I was just driving down the hill from Orem and saw the stadium and almost started to cry because there are so many great memories and I just love it here. I got this warm, special feeling when I saw the stadium. I was excited to come back here today."

Rowe was especially impressed when she saw the new home to BYUtv.

"This is my first time here in the broadcast building," Rowe said. "This is unbelievable and I'm so grateful. The foundation is really in place for BYUtv to be a success and be an Independent conference. I don't think people realize what a great foundation has been laid here and this building is a big part of that. I think it's going to be off the charts successful."

As many are, Rowe is excited for the relationship ESPN and BYU has developed. 

"When I worked here I would have to contact TV stations around the country and see if they wanted to carry BYU football games," Rowe said. "We had about 63 stations at the height that wanted BYU football and so I knew, this was 15 years ago, that there was a huge interest nationally in BYU football. To see where it's come to and see that ESPN has continued that interest. The Vice President of Programming for ESPN, Dave Brown, would call me once a month and ask me what's up at BYU. There has always been this great love, respect and interest. I think it's all following a very natural course and culminating a very neat relationship right now."

Check out Football Media Day Central Tuesday for more interviews from BYU football players, legends and many more.