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ESPN gathers famous friends for nippy College Football Playoff pregame party

ESPN gathers famous friends for College Football Playoff pregame party

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Tony Dorsett,  Janet Harmon Dorsett, ESPN Night of Champions
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Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN night of champions
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 DJ B-Hoff, Alex Sacco and Doug Lyons of Sokko & Lyons
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Scott Van Pelt, ESPN Night of Champions
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Bill Hancock, ESPN night of champions
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John Skipper, ESPN Night of Champions
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Heather Cox, ESPN Night of Champions
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Tammy Davis, Butch Davis, ESPN Night of Champions
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Dante Wesley and wife Renetta Wesley, ESPN Night of Champions
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Mike Epps, ESPN Night of Champions
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Melissa Rycroft Strickland, Tye Strickland, ESPN Night of Champions
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Meredith Gray, Greg McElroy, ESPN Night of Champions
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Tony Dorsett,  Janet Harmon Dorsett, ESPN Night of Champions
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN night of champions
 DJ B-Hoff, Alex Sacco and Doug Lyons of Sokko & Lyons
Scott Van Pelt, ESPN Night of Champions
Bill Hancock, ESPN night of champions
John Skipper, ESPN Night of Champions
Heather Cox, ESPN Night of Champions
Tammy Davis, Butch Davis, ESPN Night of Champions
Dante Wesley and wife Renetta Wesley, ESPN Night of Champions
Mike Epps, ESPN Night of Champions
Melissa Rycroft Strickland, Tye Strickland, ESPN Night of Champions
Meredith Gray, Greg McElroy, ESPN Night of Champions

What: ESPN Night of Champions

Where: Centennial Hall

The 411: More than 1,200 partiers — including athletes, college administrators, ESPN announcers and local celebs — kicked off the inaugural College Football Playoff championship in style with a music-filled bash at Fair Park. The night started with a college DJ battle between Sokko & Lyons from University of Oregon and DJ B-Hoff from Ohio State University. But the highlight of the evening was a soulful performance by Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc, who sang his hit “Wake Me Up” to a pumped-up crowd ready for the big game on January 12 at AT&T Stadium.

Who: College Football Playoff director Bill Hancock, Tony Dorsett, Kirk Herbstreit, Scott Van Pelt, Heather Cox, Eddie George, Spudd Webb, Lee Corso, Jemele Hill, Lou Holtz, John Saunders, Mike Epps and Melissa Rycroft Strickland.