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Tim Brando

Tim Brando, Fox Sports Network Sports Personality

One of the most recognizable voices in college sports, Tim Brando is a play-by-play announcer for the Fox Sports Network’s college football and college basketball coverage. Brando has called a variety of sports throughout his prolific career, including college football and basketball, MLB, NBA and golf, and was one of the most prominent voices of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament since 1996.  Brando spent eight years at ESPN where he called play-by-play for more than 25 sports and served as studio host of SportsCenter, the network’s Halftime Show (1986-94) and its coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (1987-90). From 1994-96, he covered the NBA for TNT, including playoffs as both a play-by-play announcer and studio host. He also called Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks games for SportsSouth. From 1995-2001, Brando was the preseason voice of the Carolina Panthers and currently fulfills the same role for the New Orleans Saints. From 2001-15, Brando hosted the immensely popular radio program, Tim Brando Show, which developed into one of, if not the most, respected college sports show in the country. It originally debuted as a nationally syndicated sports talk radio show before being simulcast by CBS Sports Network in 2011, and then launching on SiriusXM in 2013.


Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw, Grammy Award Winner Country Singer/Songwriter

Tim McGraw has released thirteen studio albums. 10 of those albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album, Not a Moment Too Soon, being the top country album of 1994. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs  or Country Airplay charts. Three of these singles — " It's Your Love", "Just to See You Smile", and "Live Like You Were Dying" — were the top country songs of 1997, 1998, and 2004 according to Billboard Year-End. He has also won three Grammy Awards, 14  Academy of Country Music awards, 11 CMA awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is the highest grossing tour in country music history, and one of the top 5 among all genres of music.

Joe Profit

Joe Profit, President & CEO of Telecommunications International, Former NFL Player

Although he is best remembered today in Louisiana for being a racial pioneer, Dr. Joe Profit has plenty of other qualifications for fame, both during and after his sports career. In 1967, no one had crossed the color line in the state's premier sport, football, until Profit arranged a tryout for the Northeast football team, then under the direction of Dixie White. As an athlete, he was an All-American, the all-time leading rusher in the old Gulf States Conference, NLU's career yardage champ until the 1990's, and the seventh player selected in the 1971 NFL draft. When his football career ended, Profit was ready to succeed in an even more competitive arena, business. Some of Profit's achievements and honors include service on the Federal Communications Commission's Small Business Advisory Committee and appointment by five presidents to serve on the International Trade Board Subcommittee for Policy.


Brigadier General Joanne Sheridan

Brigadier General Joanne Sheridan

Sheridan is the first female general in the Louisiana National Guard and serves as Assistant Adjutant General-Army. She was the first woman to command a battalion, and she was the first woman to helm a major command, when she led the 61st Troop Command.  She received her officer’s commission in 1983 through ULM, where she said she enrolled in the ROTC program to fulfill the physical education requirements.She served in the active-duty Army for three years, starting at Fort Polk, before moving to the National Guard in 1988. She has commanded the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion and the 199th Regiment in Pineville, responsible for military training. She deployed to Iraq in 2008.