ESPN, Rece Davis reach new deal to keep him as 'College GameDay' host

Ryan Young
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Rece Davis isn’t leaving “College GameDay” anytime soon.

Davis and ESPN reached a new multiyear deal that will keep him with the network and in place to host the iconic football pregame show, ESPN announced on Monday.

“I’ve been blessed to do a lot of things during my career, but I can say without hesitation that hosting ‘College GameDay’ is the best gig in sports television,” Davis said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get the show back on campus to feel that electricity that is unique to college football and basketball. Our production team is elite, and the accomplished analysts I work with are gracious. Our shows set the standard, and to get to do this work at a place that feels like home, with a team that feels like family, is very gratifying.”

ESPN College GameDay analyst Rece Davis
ESPN and Rece Davis reached a new deal to keep him with the network on Monday. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Terms of the deal were not announced, however he told The Associated Press that the contract will keep him with ESPN through the 2024 season.

The 55-year-old took over on “College GameDay” in 2015, when he replaced Chris Fowler as the show’s host.

Davis will continue hosting the basketball version of “College GameDay” during the college season, something he has done since the show launched in 2005. Davis will keep calling college basketball games, the College Football Playoff, hosting the NBA draft and more. He will also return to hosting the UEFA European Football Championship this summer.

Davis, an Alabama graduate, has been with ESPN since 1995.

“I feel like I’ve really built my career on hosting,” Davis said, via The Associated Press. “I hate the phrase tee-up the analyst. Anybody can do that. A good host is prepared for the conversation and knows where the lines are.

“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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