Saturday College Football Final is going to have a much different cast in 2015. Earlier this year, ESPN announced that Rece Davis would be leaving the program to take over hosting duties on College GameDay from Chris Fowler. Now, via SI’s Richard Deitsch, we’re learning that legendary coach Lou Holtz won’t be returning either. Holtz and the network have agreed to part ways. He’s been with ESPN since 2004. Via SI:
The decision, according to sources, was closer to a mutual agreement between the parties than Holtz getting forced out.
…There are plenty in Bristol who knew the Holtz-Mark May shtick was long past its shelf life and this is a good time to change things up. No doubt part of the thinking on Holtz’s part was to move on without Davis in the host chair.
The obvious question here? What happens to Mark May? Will the network retool its lineup around him or figure out an entirely new gameplan for its Saturday programming? We’ll find out relatively soon.