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New ESPN college football lineup: Virk, Galloway, Kanell

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ESPN will have a trio of new faces on its popular postgame college football studio show this season, according to several sources.

The network has settled on Adnan Virk to host the show, with Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell providing analysis. The three also will appear in-studio during halftime and after games. They will be featured on both ABC and ESPN.

Virk, Galloway and Kanell replace Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May, who had been with “College Football Final” since 2005.

Davis, who hosted “College Football Final” since 1999, is moving over to host ESPN’s popular college football pregame show, “College GameDay.” May, who has been with the show since 2001, is moving to another college-focused studio show with host John Saunders and former Texas coach Mack Brown. Holtz retired in April.

The moves are significant for ESPN, which has invested heavily in college football. ESPN pays the College Football Playoff $470 million per year for the rights to three CFP playoff games and four additional bowls.

The 36-year-old Virk has hosted shows such as “Baseball Tonight” and “Olbermann.” Galloway has been with ESPN as a college football analyst since 2012, and Kanell has done some Friday night college football games for the network.

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