ESPN has re-signed Rece Davis as the host of College GameDay for at least the next four years, the network announced Monday.
“I believe I have the best job in sports television, but when you’ve been doing anything for a while there comes a period of evaluation, I guess, to see whether there are things you would like to pursue,” Davis told the Associated Press. “And for me I still very much wanted to host ‘College GameDay’ and to still have the opportunity to host some significant events along with that from time to time. Fortunately for me our place was able to provide all of those things.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the AP noted Davis, entering Year 7 as GameDay host, will remain in the chair through at least Year 10.
The youngest looking 55-year-old in television, Davis has been with ESPN since 1995 and took over GameDay in 2015 when Chris Fowler opted to focus full-time on play-by-play work.
Davis also hosts the basketball edition of GameDay while also hosting the college-centric version of the NFL draft, anchoring the network's Final Four coverage and, this summer, anchoring ESPN's coverage of the UEFA soccer tournament. The consummate pro has also hosted the NBA draft as well, while also sprinkling in college football and basketball play-by-play work.
Davis said he may look to branch out his play-by-play work in the future, but his role as QB of college football's preeminent pre-game show is not changing for the foreseeable future. “My first priority is ‘GameDay.’ I still get a rush every time. I like being at the command center of big events.”
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