ESPN’s college-football coverage is some of the network’s most popular programming, and the second-biggest program covering the sport will look completely different this upcoming season. Since Lou Holtz has retired and Rece Davis has moved up to the big chair on College Football GameDay, changes were in store for College Football Final. And with the often-insufferable Mark May being shuffled off to another place under ESPN’s umbrella, all three faces on Final will be new for the 2015 season.
According to Sports Business Journal, the new trio is set. Adnan Virk will fill Rece Davis’ anchor slot, with Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell filling the analyst chairs. Virk has been a fill-in host for various ESPN properties such as Baseball Tonight and Olbermann, to rave reviews by the folks at Awful Announcing. Galloway has been a college-football analyst for ESPN since 2012 and Kanell since at least 2013.
It’s heady times for College Football Final, free of May’s obnoxiousness and Holtz’s gibberish (we have to post this here in our ongoing quest to discover what he was saying):
Virk, Galloway and Kanell will each be on their first regular high-profile gig for ESPN, and there’s a lot of potential for something new and good, or something milquetoast and replaceable. We’ll have to wait and see.