ESPN has announced that the network will feature new play-by-play commentators and sideline reporters for its Thursday and Friday night college football games this season. Additionally, the network has confirmed that college football analyst David Pollack has re-signed with the company.
On Thursday nights, Dave Flemming will call games alongside analyst Jesse Palmer in a two-man booth. Laura Rutledge will patrol the sidelines, adding to her previously announced SEC Nation responsibilities. On Friday evenings, Adam Amin will call the action alongside analyst Mack Brown. Molly McGrath will contribute as the sideline reporter.
“The new opportunities for Dave, Adam and Laura prove, once again, the quality of our on-air lineup and the growth opportunities that exist at ESPN, while Molly’s addition adds another high-caliber reporter and host to our roster as we enter a new season,” senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “Thursday and Friday night telecasts are an integral part of our college football coverage and we look forward to these two new commentating teams working these primetime games each week.”
As for Pollack, he’s agreed to a multi-year agreement which will include weekly appearances on College GameDay, a larger role on College Football Live, and contributions to additional studio shows. Pollack has been a member of ESPN since 2009 and joined College GameDay in 2011.
“David’s analysis, insights and, most importantly, his opinions have elevated him to a top college football analyst,” said Fitting. “Having him on our studio programming, nearly on a daily basis throughout the season, maximizes his strengths and makes ESPN’s college football coverage better.”