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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith films ‘First Take’ from UI campus

The star of the sports debate show was in Iowa City for a publicized talk with Caitlin Clark.
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Ayrton Breckenridge
“First Take” host Stephen A. Smith speaks during a live broadcast of ESPN’s “First Take” in the Adler Journalism TV studio on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023.

Once the cameras were rolling Friday morning, Stephen A. Smith’s signature booming voice greeted his fellow co-hosts, and the show “First Take” was live in the University of Iowa’s Adler Journalism Building TV studio.

Smith, ESPN NBA analyst, filmed Friday’s edition of “First Take” live from the UI studio with assistance from UI staff, and Daily Iowan and UI students.

“First Take” on ESPN airs every weekday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST, and Smith serves as a featured analyst providing his opinions on the latest sports topics and even debating former professional athletes, such as JJ Redick and Shannon Sharpe.

Smith visited Iowa City on Friday to participate in a publicized conversation titled “Beyond the Game” with Iowa women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark alongside Endeavor President and UI alum Mark Shapiro.

“I think she is the Stephen Curry of women’s basketball,” Smith said after Friday’s broadcast. “I think she is a sensational player and seems like a sensational person.” 

The event comes as a part of the UI’s homecoming celebrations at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in front of the Old Capitol Building on the UI Pentacrest. 

“Caitlin Clark, the superstar basketball player — she and I are on a panel together. I’m hanging with her … she’s taking me out around campus,” Smith told a host during the live show.

 

Moments before going live on Friday, Smith invited several students to join him in front of the camera in starting the show. 

“Stephen A. loves the kids,” Smith said moments after kicking off the show. 

Friday’s show saw the cast go over the latest sports headlines, including the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, who Smith notably has criticized for their lack of recent playoff success and “nauseating” fan base. 

“The Cowboys are allergic to prosperity,” Smith joked to the DI and UI students during a commercial break. 

As the show closed with Smith and other commentators giving their predictions of NFL games for the weekend, Smith held up a UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication T-shirt, further shouting out the Hawkeyes. 

“I’m in the house, y’all,” he said.

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Cooper Worth, Pregame reporter
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Cooper Worth is a Pregame Reporter for The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is also earning a minor in communication studies and an entrepreneurial management certificate. This is his third year at the DI, previously serving as a News Editor and as a News Reporter covering local government in Johnson County for the DI. Cooper interned for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa during the summer of 2023 as a general news reporter.
Ayrton Breckenridge, Managing Visuals Editor
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Ayrton Breckenridge is the Managing Visuals Editor at The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and cinema. This is his fourth year working for the DI.