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ESPN Officially Announces Maria Taylor's Addition To College GameDay

The Worldwide Leader has officially named Sam Ponder's replacement.

ESPN has made official what was reported by The Big Lead on Sunday.

SEC Network's Maria Taylor will be joining College GameDay this fall, filling the roles left by Sam Ponder, who's leaving to host Sunday NFL Countdown.

Taylor, who joined ESPN in 2012, will also be a sideline reporter for ABC Saturday Night Football. 

From ESPN:

Taylor said, “I am honored and excited to join the College GameDay and Saturday Night Football teams. I grew up watching GameDay and I have always been inspired by the new and innovative ways they entertain and inform college football fans. And I welcome a return to the sideline reporting role to cover the games that shape the college football landscape.” Taylor added, “I know this would not have been possible without my colleagues at the SEC Network for teaching, encouraging, and supporting me over the last three years. I am grateful.”

You can view ESPN's full release here.