SEC Network’s travelling pregame show SEC Nation is set to have a new host this fall.
ESPN’s Maria Taylor will join analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum as the host of the popular SEC-centric Saturday morning show, according to a release from the network.
She replaces former host Joe Tessitore, who was previously announced to be moving to the role of play-by-play voice for ESPN’s primetime college football game this fall.
Taylor has spent significant time on the desk as the host of SEC Now for the network during the last two years. She is also a former two-sport athlete at Georgia.
As we move into the summer months, it appears as though the SEC Network is locking down its plan for its cast of on-air personalities for the 2016 football season.
It was announced on Thursday that legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger has signed a multi-year contract extension with ESPN that will keep him on the play-by-play call of the SEC Network’s prime-time broadcast for the foreseeable future.
It also was announced that Laura Rutledge will join the SEC Nation crew this season as an on-site reporter, set to give “live reports of the sights and sounds of southern tailgating,” according to the release.
Former Alabama QB Greg McElroy, who served as an analyst on the show last season, will not return to that role. He will remain with the network in a studio role to be defined.
In yet another SEC Network staffing announcement, it also was revealed that Kaylee Hartung will join Musburger and Jesse Palmer as the on-field reporter for the SEC Network’s primetime telecast.