ESPN announces changes to studio shows broadcast lineup
ESPN announced its full college football studio show broadcast lineup on Thursday with several noticeable changes in store for the 2015 season.
We’ve touched on Rece Davis taking over for Chris Fowler as host on College GameDay and Lou Holtz’s exit from College Football Final earlier this year, but there are additional noteworthy moves that will affect the way we receive our highlights and analysis during, before and after games.
Davis is the only change on GameDay and will be joined by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon EST. Tom Rinaldi and Gene Wojciechowski will stay on as brief segment contributors.
Mack Brown and Mark May will now team up with veteran host John Saunders for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on ABC. Play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore’s role is expanding as well. He’ll anchor SEC Nation on SEC Network on Saturday mornings and then fly to Bristol (ESPN) to host College Football Final in the evening.
Here’s the rest of ESPN’s updated talent schedule for the 2015 season:
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU Studio Assignments (from ESPN)
|College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon on ESPN)||Rece Davis||Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard & David Pollack||Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi & Gene Wojciechowski|
|Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Saturdays on ABC)||John Saunders||Mack Brown & Mark May|
|Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Thursday, Friday & Saturdays on ESPN)||Adnan Virk||Joey Galloway & Danny Kanell|
|Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Saturdays on ESPN2)||Chris Cotter||Butch Davis & Robert Smith|
|College Football Final (Saturdays after games conclude)||Joe Tessitore|
|Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Saturdays on ESPNU)||Matt Schick & Brendan Fitzgerald||Kevin Carter & Charles Arbuckle|
|College Football Live (Daily: 2 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2)||Chris Cotter||Rotating analysts|
|Championship Drive: Who’s In? (Sundays: 1 p.m. on ESPN – beginning Oct. 4)||Adnan Virk||Butch Davis, Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Danny Kanell, Mark May, Robert Smith|
|College Football Playoff: Top 25 (Tuesdays – beginning Oct.)||Rece Davis||Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Danny Kanell, David Pollack|