Laura Rutledge will be getting a new opportunity at ESPN next week.
If you're a fan of college sports, you likely know all about ESPN reporter Laura Rutledge. Rutledge, who joined ESPN back in 2014, is the host of SEC Nation on Saturday mornings - and also a sideline reporter for numerous college events. Next week, she'll be taking on a new challenge.
ESPN announced on Friday that Rutledge will be filling in for Cari Champion on SportsCenter Coast to Coast with David Lloyd. Champion is reportedly "on assignment" with the company.
Rutledge has apparently never worked out of the Bristol office. She'll be on SportsCenter from Monday through Thursday. Here's more, via the Worldwide Leader:
Rutledge, host of SEC Nation on SEC Network and ESPN college sports reporter, will co-anchor SportsCenter Coast to Coast with David Lloyd (noon ET, ESPN) Monday through Thursday while regular anchor Cari Champion is away on assignment.
It’ll be the first time that Rutledge, who joined ESPN in 2014, has worked out of ESPN’s main studios in Bristol, Conn. All of her previous appearances have been on the road or from the SEC Network studios in Charlotte, N.C.
Rutledge joked with Paul Finebaum this week about her new role. Finebaum attempted to give her "tips." Check it out:
Good luck to Rutledge in the new endeavor. It'll be interesting to see if she's made a full-time anchor in the future.