Pam Ward has been removed from ESPN college football coverage. In other news, Jay Crawford is leaving ESPN First Take, and Erik Kuselias is the new host of NBC Sports Talk.
- Ward Will No Longer Call College Football: ESPN broadcaster Pam Ward will no longer contribute to the network’s college football coverage. Ward had been a play-by-play voice for ESPN college football coverage since 2000, and was the first woman to call a Division I college football game. Ward will remain with ESPN. (USA Today)
- Crawford to Leave ‘First Take’: ESPN’s Jay Crawford will leave the ESPN First Take morning show July 1, according to USA Today. Crawford, who joined ESPN in 2003 to host First Take (then called Cold Pizza), will join SportsCenter. (USA Today)
- Kuselias Named New Host of NBC Sports Talk: NBC Sports Group announced last week that Erik Kuselias, most recently of The Golf Channel, will serve as the primary host of NBC Sports Talk. Kuselias replaces previous host Russ Thaler. (NBC Sports Group press release via Fang’s Bites)