College football Saturdays won’t be the same

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Chris Fowler, the original host of ESPN's "College Gameday" won't return for its 25th season.
Chris Fowler, ESPN, College Gameday

Chris Fowler, the host of ESPN’s “College GameDay,” won’t return for a 25th season. (Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Chris Fowler, who recently signed an extension to remain at ESPN through 2023, won’t return to the show that defined his career at the sports network.

Fowler is being replaced by Rece Davis as the host of “College GameDay,” the network announced.

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Chris Fowler (from left), Lee Corson and Kirk Herbstreit have appeared together on “College GameDay” since 1996. (Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Fowler has held his position as “GameDay” host since 1990. The trio of Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, the only original cast member of the show after its 1987 debut, and Kirk Herbstreit have done the show together since 1996. Corso will turn 80 this year. Fowler, who replaced Brent Musburger on Saturday Night Football in 2014, will now have an expanded role in ESPN’s tennis coverage.

“There is a strong legacy of top college football voices on ABC, from Chris Schenkel to Keith Jackson to Brent Musburger. I’m looking forward to returning to the booth and being a part of that incredible tradition,” Fowler said at the time his extension was announced less than a year ago.

Davis is no schlub. Davis, who has been with ESPN since 1995, hosted the network’s College Football Playoff rankings show last season.

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