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Broadcasting News: Corey Wootton joining BTN, Lisa Byington to become first woman to call BTN game

Byington, a Northwestern alum, will be calling the Wildcats’ matchup with Bowling Green.

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The first day of Big Ten Football Media Days brought some interesting Northwestern broadcasting updates. Former Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton will be joining BTN as a commentator and Lisa Byington will become the first woman to commentate a football game on BTN at Northwestern’s Week 3 contest against Bowling Green, network president Mark Silverman announced on Monday.

Corey Wootton

The former Northwestern standout will become an official member of Big Ten Network’s on-air broadcasting team. Wootton, who graduated in 2009 following a decorated Northwestern career and became (and has remained) the highest-drafted Northwestern player since Luis Castillo, joins Braylon Edwards and James Laurinaitis as new BTN analysts.

Wootton has some experience in the broadcasting world, as he interviewed Justin Jackson before his record-breaking Pinstripe Bowl performance as part of “Off The Edge With Corey Wootton”:

Lisa Byington

Byington will be the play-by-play broadcaster for Northwestern’s game against Bowling Green this fall. As mentioned previously, she will become the first woman to ever work in the booth in a Big Ten Network game.

Byington, who was a two sport athlete at Northwestern, has done some play-by-play work for other networks but has served solely as a sideline reporter for BTN until now. She’s a really good broadcaster, and we’ll certainly be looking forward to the NU/BGSU broadcast.