ESPN broadcaster Stan Verrett has accepted a new gig with a heavy heart.
The desk anchor, who has been with ESPN since 2000 and is most notable for his work on SportsCenter, will be the replacement for John Saunders on ABC college football broadcasts this fall.
Saunders, who had been with ESPN since 1986 and on the ABC college football desk since 1992, passed away at the age of 61 earlier this month.
“John Saunders was a mentor and friend who helped me navigate my career at ESPN and was always ready with a kind word and timely advice,” said Verrett, according to ESPN’s release. “His easy manner and comfortable style welcomed college football fans every week for years on ESPN and ABC. He was a fantastic host.
“There’s a tremendous legacy there, and I am both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to add to it.”
Verrett will work alongside college football analysts Mack Brown and Mark May for pregame and postgame, as well as halftime wraps, according to the ESPN release.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) August 25, 2016