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.
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.
Mark Silverman announced that James Laurinaitis, Braylon Edwards and Corey Wootton are joining @BigTenNetwork— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) July 24, 2017
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”:
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.