Saturday’s on TV are Changing
ESPN & FOX feature new College Football lineups
My Saturday college football routine has been seemingly the same for the better part of a decade. Wake up, watch ESPNs College Gameday, scrounge for food, finish watching Gameday, decide which terrible Big Ten game I am starting my day with, then wear out my remotes batteries for the next 12-15 hours.
But the shows before, in between, and after the games have gotten equal parts of my attention over the years, and with the number of changes going on, its hard to keep up with who is doing what.
Gone is Chris Fowler from Gameday, replaced by the ever capable but more generic Rece Davis. Joe Tessitore is leaving the booth (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) for the studio, and Lou Holtz is finally off my TV screen.
- Mark May will join the ABC studio team of John Saunders and Mack Brown.
- Danny Kannell goes to ESPN from ABC joining Adnan Virk and Joey Galloway as the pregame, halftime and postgame studio on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- Chris Cotter will become the daily host of College Football Live on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET with a rotation of various analysts.
- Cotter will be the pregame, halftime and postgame host for ESPN2 games. He’ll be joined by Robert Smith who returns from last year and former Miami, Cleveland Browns and North Carolina coach Butch Davis.
- ESPNU’s games will be hosted from Charlotte, NC and be fronted by Matt Schick and Brendan Fitzgerald. The analysts will be Charles Arbuckle and Kevin Carter.
While over at FOX and Fox Sports 1, Donovan McNabb’s recent issues forced them to go a different direction
The suspension of McNabb led to Charles Davis replacing him for NFL on Fox broadcasts, opening up the lead analyst chair next to Gus Johnson. That spot will be filled by Joel Klatt, who shined in the studio for Fox since joining the network at launch. Molly McGrath will remain the sideline reporter for the top team.
Klatt has been stellar in studio, but his analysis IN GAME is going to be phenomenal and should pair well with Gus, as AA’s Joe Lucia writes.
Play-by-play and analyst pairings are set to be announced within the next couple weeks for both networks.