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Former ESPN CFB Analyst Robert Smith Hired By Fox Sports, BTN

Former ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith has found a new employer, according to SI.com's Richard Deitsch. 

Smith, 44, has been hired by Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. 

It was announced in mid-April that Smith and college football reporter Joe Schad would not be returning to ESPN. 

">@Robert26Smith has been hired by Fox Sports and

.@Robert26Smith has been hired by Fox Sports and @BigTenNetwork to work as a studio analyst this fall.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 1, 2016

">@BigTenNetwork to work as a studio analyst this fall.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch)

.@Robert26Smith has been hired by Fox Sports and @BigTenNetwork to work as a studio analyst this fall.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 1, 2016

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His new employer, Fox, is reportedly close to acquiring 1/2 of the Big Ten's TV rights for a record amount. 

Deal terms still are flexible – both in terms of money and rights. However, the two sides have agreed on basic terms that will give Fox the rights to around 25 football games and 50 basketball games that it will carry on both the broadcast channel and FS1 starting in the fall of ’17. The deal runs six years and could cost Fox as much as $250M per year, depending on the amount of rights the Big Ten conference puts in its second package.

Smith, a former NFL running back and Ohio State Buckeye, had been at ESPN for 11 years.