1050 ESPN Radio hosts Jody McDonald and Brandon Tierney want College of Staten Island athletes, student body, staff and fans to text their way to a title, as the New York radio personalities are hosting “Campus Madness,” a 64-team bracketed tournament-style face-off in a battle for ultimate school spirit. The Tournament, made up of local area and metro schools spanning all NCAA Divisions sees the winner hosting the Mac & Tierney Show, which airs weekdays from 1-3pm on 1050 AM in New York.
Here’s how it works, at select times of the day, match-ups will take place inside the tournament bracket. Cell phone users can text the word “Madness” to 422-02 for their chance to vote for their team (standard text messaging rates apply). The College of Staten Island has been underestimated, they are seeded No. 13 in their 16-team field and are pitted against No. 4 seed Stony Brook (NCAA Division I). The texting window to vote for CSI is Thursday, February 17, at 1pm! Vote as often as you can, tell your friends, spread the word, and let’s score a first round upset.
“Attention college students and proud alumni! Keep it tuned to Mac and BT to vote for your school in the Campus Madness Bracket! The winner gets a Live Broadcast and a ton of great prizes,” says ESPN Radio in an official release this week.
A complete Tournament Bracket can be found here. Should CSI advance, they would face the winner of No. 5 New York University vs. No. 12 Montclair State University, a pair of NCAA Division III schools. Big East Conference’s Rutgers University is the No. 1 seed in CSI’s bracket. The tournament will continue through March Madness.
A Brooklyn native, Brandon “BT” Tierney graduated from Marist College where he also lettered in baseball. He joined 1050 ESPN in 2003 as a SportsCenter anchor, also hosting 1050’s Knicks pre-game, half-time and post-game show for three seasons (2005-06 through 2007-08) and as occasional play-by-play announcer for the station’s Knicks broadcasts. Jody “Mac,” as he is known by listeners, first joined 1050 ESPN as a weekend host in 2005. A New Jersey native, he career began upon graduation from Albany State, first working at ESPN in several capacities. His radio career includes hosting sports talk for Philadelphia’s 950 ESPN and WIP.
The Mac & Tierney Show debuted for 1050 ESPN Radio in March of 2010.
CSI’s involvement in Campus Madness marks the first time the school has been featured in an ESPN promotion. Let’s get the Dolphins through ESPN’s march to a championship, text “madness” to 422-02 on Thursday at 1pm to push CSI towards a title!