Pat McAfee, the Indianapolis Colt-turned-sports media figure, has found a new home.
The former Colts punter, who has garnered a big following on TV and radio after his eight seasons in the NFL, is headed to ESPN for a full-time role on ESPN’s ‘College GameDay,’ according to New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.
“The former punter turned multimedia performer will be on the show this Saturday from Austin, where No. 1 Alabama will face Texas,” Marchand noted.
All eyes were on McAfee after announcing last week that he was splitting with SiriusXM, and by extension, taking his popular ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ with him.
Marchand added, “[McAfee] also recently agreed to do alternative broadcasts on select college football games on ESPN2, which is a partnership with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions. He has held talks with Amazon about being a part of its ‘Thursday Night Football’ coverage, but nothing has materialized yet.”
College GameDay Needed A Change
The news of McAfee joining ‘College GameDay’ comes after the show received its fair share of criticism last week while in Columbus, Ohio for the Notre Dame – Ohio State matchup.
Clay Travis, like many others, didn’t think it was a great idea to have rapper Jack Harlow as the celebrity guest picker. Putting the 24-year-old rapper who made his picks based on girls he’s hooked up with next to 87-year-old Lee Corso was a bold decision by ESPN, to say the least.
“Lee Corso is a legend,” Clay said. “He’s 87 years old. You’re not helping Lee Corso by putting him next to a 20-something-year-old rapper who knows nothing about college football.”
“Then you’ve got Herbstreit sitting there trying to rescue this entire dumpster fire of a segment inside of what has increasingly become a messy and not very fun or exuberant or well-produced or well done show of ESPN College GameDay,” Travis continued.
GameDay will be in Austin, Texas this Saturday as Texas hosts Alabama.
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