Stan Verrett will host ABC’s Saturday college football studio coverage this year, the company announced Thursday morning. John Saunders, who passed away on Aug. 10, had held the role since 1992.
“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. “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 does the 1 a.m. SportsCenter from Los Angeles. The college football show will continue airing from Bristol, with Mack Brown and Mark May flanking Verrett.