EA Sports messed up by not including new FBS team South Alabama in NCAA Football 13. The Jaguars didn't appear in videos taken from demo versions of the game, but this year's three other new teams did. The company chalked up the omission as being due to a miscommunication, but is going out of its way to make sure the school's appearance in next year's game is something special.
EA Sports officials have contacted the University officials and administrators and has informed them that the Jaguars are going to be part of NCAA Football 14 with a list of extras.
- EA Sports will video the team and cheerleaders running out onto the field and will try to replicate the run out as make it as realistic as possible.
- EA Sports will record the crowd at a South Alabama game this year and use that to replicate the stadium sound effects and crowd chants.
- EA Sports will work closely with the South Alabama athletic department in developing the South Alabama team introductions that ESPN announcers Brad Nessler, Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit will voice at the start of each Jaguar game.
- EA Sports will be adding South Paw into the game and have him on the sidelines during the game. He will also be part of the "Mascot Mash-Up" game mode included in the game.
- EA Sports wants to meet with the Jaguar Football coaches to replicate the playbook and make it as realistic as possible to match what the team uses during the 2014 season.
EA Sports is already looking into licensing the rights to use Ladd-Peebles Stadium so they can perform a "Stadium Scan" and get the most authentic stadium for South Alabama's home.
That's not stuff EA Sports has the time and resources to do for every team in the country, let alone brand new ones. So, basically, South Alabama will get treated like it's Alabama. And that stuff will stick around for more than just one year's edition, too.