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ESPN Longtime Sideline Reporter Heather Cox Reportedly Leaving For NBC

ESPN reporter Heather Cox is expected to leave the network for NBC, The Big Lead is reporting

Cox, 45, has been with the World Wide Leader since 1995. She's served a number of roles at ESPN, but her most-prominent position of late has been her sideline reporting gig on ABC's Saturday night game of the week telecast with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. 

The Big Lead says the move "is not finalized yet" but it is "headed that way." 

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From the report:

At NBC, one of Cox’s major roles would likely be as sideline reporter on the Thursday Night Football package, which will feature fellow ESPN ex-pat Mike Tirico on play-by-play. NBC has needed to fill the role since February, when their involvement in the NFL’s Thursday package was announced, and Richard Deitsch reported that Michele Tafoya would only be doing Sunday nights. Many of Cox’s recent follows on Twitter are NFL reporters, figureheads, or publicists. One of Cox’s agents is Sandy Montag, who also reps Tirico. An NBC spokesperson declined to comment.

ESPN previously announced that Sam Ponder would be taking over as the sideline reporter for the ABC Saturday night game of the week telecast. 

If Cox does end up leaving, she'll join Brad Nessler, Robert Smith, Joe Schad and Chris Spielman, among others, on a list of ESPN college football reporters/analysts/broadcasters to leave the network in recent months. 

[TBL]