SBD/July 2, 2012/Media
Erin Andrews Leaves ESPN For Fox, Will Host Primetime College Football Pregame Show
Published July 2, 2012
BIG MOVE FOR FOX: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes Fox is "smart to take a gamble" on Andrews, and she is "doing the right thing by making the jump." She otherwise would risk "doing nothing in this business other than sideline reporting." ESPN may have wanted Andrews to stay, but it "might not have been able to offer her anything other than more money." Outside of the "GameDay" hosting gig and several other sideline duties, the net "did not seem to be doing anything to give Andrews a higher profile" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 7/2). In N.Y., Shemar Woods wrote Andrews "would seem to be a perfect fit" with Fox as it "prepares for its first regular-season college football coverage" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/30). YAHOO SPORTS' Graham Watson noted Andrews is "another feather in Fox Sports' cap" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 6/29). NESN.com's Austin Pollack wrote, "This is a sad day not just for ESPN, but for all of its viewers. College football fans welcomed Andrews into their homes on Saturdays for football coverage because she was, and still is, the best reporter on the sidelines" (NESN.com, 6/30).
WHO'S NEXT FOR ESPN? THE BIG LEAD's Jason McIntyre wrote ESPN's Jenn Brown and Tom Rinaldi are the "early, obvious choices" to replace Andrews. Brown currently is a sideline reporter for the net's college football coverage, while Rinaldi "is already a staple on Gameday and a pro in the field." Sources said that a "darkhorse" is Samantha Steele, who has been on the Longhorn Network and last week was moved to ESPN's Thursday night college football team. McIntyre wrote if ESPN is "looking to make a big splash with a talented fresh face, Steele's the right pick." However, the "early guess" is Rinaldi since whoever is chosen "likely will also inherit Andrews' hosting job on the pre-Gameday show on ESPNU" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 6/30).