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The new SEC Network's two-hour game day show, "SEC Nation", featuring Tim Tebow announced Saturday that one of its first stops will be in Nashville.

Officials from the show also announced that former LSU and NFL star Marcus Spears will join Tebow, Paul Finebaum and Joe Tessitore as a co-host on the show.

The network, which is operated in conjunction with the SEC and ESPN, is scheduled to launch Aug. 14.

"SEC Nation" will air each Saturday (10 a.m.-noon) from a city where one of the league's top games is being played and on Sept. 6 will be in Nashville for the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game, which will be played at LP Field.

ESPN announced on Friday that it would broadcast the game and that the kickoff would be at 3:30 p.m.

Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida who spent three years in the NFL, is shifting gears to become an analyst and explained why "SEC Nation" chose the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game as one of its first stops.

"It's going to be a big game for Mississippi and for Vanderbilt," said Tebow, who was in town for the Music City Sports Festival at Music City Center along with Spears, Finebaum and Tessitore.

"You've got a Mississippi team that has had great recruiting, and everyone hasn't necessarily lived up to their potential. But I think Hugh Freeze is a good coach and I think (quarterback) Bo Wallace is going to have a good year. It's going to be a good game for these teams because you've got a Vanderbilt team that's coming off one of the best season's it's had in beating Tennessee, Florida and Georgia in the same year. Are they going to be able to have the same caliber of team with a new coaching staff? It's going to be really interesting to see."

Only the first five stops for the "SEC Nation" were announced.

The first two will come the week before in Columbia, S.C. for the South Carolina-Texas A&M game Aug. 28 and then in Auburn, Ala., for the Auburn-Arkansas game Aug. 30.

The two stops after Nashville will be in Gainesville, Fla., on Sept. 13 for the Florida-Kentucky game and the Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sept. 20 for the Alabama-Florida game.

Tebow said he expects "SEC Nation" and the new network to be unique from other sports networks.

"You have to start out with how the SEC is different," Tebow said. "It's different because of its passion, its tradition and the love for all of the teams; the good ones, the bad ones, it doesn't matter. There is still so much passion for every team, and that's different from every other conference. It's fun to be a part of that. I've been a part of it my entire life."

Just because he is moving into broadcasting doesn't mean that Tebow has given up on his dream to play in the NFL.

After spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Denver and 2012 with the New York Jets, he was cut in the preseason last year by the Patriots. But he still has hopes of being signed by an NFL team.

He was in town in May for a speaking engagement and while working out at the D-1 Training facility in Cool Springs got several receivers from the Nashville Venom Professional Indoor Football Team to run routes for him for two days.

"I'm training every day and feel like I'm the best that I've ever been," Tebow said. "I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I'm just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I'm excited about it, though."

Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter at @MikeOrganWriter.

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