One of the stalwarts of ESPN’s SEC football coverage is staying put. Marcus Spears has signed a contract extension with the World Wide Leader.
Details of the new deal were not announced. Spears, a former All-American defensive lineman at LSU, is expected to continue his role on the SEC Network, where he has been a part of the studio show SEC Now and the network’s college football pregame show SEC Nation. He will also make appearances on College Football Live and on ESPN’s flagship show SportsCenter. Spears served as a field analyst for several spring football games. No word if those duties will continue into the regular season.
Tom McCollum, senior coordinating producer at the SEC Network, is happy to have Spears back in the fold. “The passion you see from him on our shows is genuine, and it only adds to his popularity as an analyst. He doesn’t hide his love for SEC football and it’s part of what makes him so fun to watch.”
Laura Rutledge also has a new deal to remain at ESPN. She is the host of SEC Nation and has contributed to ESPN’s event coverage including the ESPYs and the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
She has also served as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball broadcasts. College football fans may best remember Rutledge for climbing up to the visiting athletic director’s box at Texas A&M in 2016 to ask LSU athletic director Joe Alleva if reports that the school was set to hire Tom Herman as its new head coach were true.
It is likely the new deal will expand Rutledge’s role at ESPN. She has already anchored SportsCenter a few times.