North Carolina made arguably the most interesting head coaching hire of the offseason when it hired Mack Brown off his ESPN studio desk and back to Chapel Hill. Brown’s decision to return to the sideline opened up a marquee position at ESPN that reportedly has just now been filled by the sports network.

In another surprising move, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post is reporting that former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has been chosen as ABC/ESPN’s next lead college football studio analyst.

ESPN plans to round out the studio around Sanchez with ESPN personality Kevin Negandhi and former Miami linebacker Jon Vilma, who has been working for ESPN as an analyst for a few seasons.

Sanchez played at USC from 2006 through 2008 before leaving school early for the NFL. His coach at the time, Pete Carroll, publicly announced his disagreement with the decision.

Sanchez went on to become a first-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played for six NFL teams over the last decade.