According to Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, ESPN’s Marcellus Wiley could be headed to replace Colin Cowherd on a national television show for the second time. With Cowherd reportedly planning to leave Speak for Yourself, Fox Sports 1 could be targeting Wiley to pair with co-host Jason Whitlock.
Wiley is currently the longest tenured host on ESPN’s SportsNation, joining the show in 2013 following Cowherd’s 2012 departure. The move allowed Colin to focus on his radio show and other projects, which will be similar to the reasoning for why he’ll soon leave Speak for Yourself.
With a weekday lineup boasting First Things First from 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM followed by Undisputed (9:30 AM – noon), The Herd with Colin Cowherd (noon – 3 PM) and Speak for Yourself on from 5 PM – 6 PM, there is an obvious hole between 3 PM and 5 PM. FS1 could move Speak for Yourself to the 3 PM – 5 PM hole, making it difficult for Colin to go directly from The Herd into a two hour television show.
Kristine Leahy recently left Colin’s three hour radio show, announcing she will be hosting her own show on FS1 beginning late this summer or early fall. Leahy leaving The Herd means her new program will most likely air at a time that would make it difficult for her to remain on Colin’s show. While she could wind up headlining an entirely new project, it’s also possibly Leahy might be joining Wiley and Whitlock on Speak for Yourself in the shows anticipated new 3 PM timeslot.
ESPN’s SportsNation has struggled to keep a steady cast in recent years. Cowherd left in 2012, Michelle Beadle has departed the program twice, Max Kellerman went to First Take after three years on the show and now ESPN may soon need to find a replacement for Marcellus Wiley. Wiley’s current contact situation with ESPN was not reported.