ESPN hires Pollack, Stinchcomb
Gwinnett grads join network as SEC analysts

As news of his ESPN hire began going public Friday, Matt Stinchcomb still was a little unclear about all of his duties.

Not that it matters much.

The Parkview grad, a former Georgia All-American and NFL first-round pick, is working for ESPN's Southeastern Conference football TV broadcasts. That's all he really needed to know.

"I'm still kind of learning what it all entails, but it's pretty exciting," Stinchcomb said. "It's going to be a lot of fun. It's a blast. You're doing what you would be doing anyway, watching the game on TV."

Stinchcomb is joined in the ESPN lineup by fellow Gwinnett grad and UGA All-American Davey Pollack, also retired from the NFL after being a first-round pick.

ESPN has ramped up the SEC coverage after its landmark, 15-year deal with the conference last year. The deal, reported to be worth more than $2 billion, gives ESPN broadcast rights to every SEC home football game not part of the network package. Every league matchup will be shown on some outlet.

Stinchcomb, who has worked TV with CSS and with 680 The Fan radio in recent years, will be a studio analyst for ESPN's regional syndication package of noon telecasts. His co-host will be Rob Stone.

He and Pollack also will do studio work for ESPNU's pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage. Stinchcomb will work the afternoon games and Pollack will work the prime-time matchups on those shows.

Stinchcomb and Pollack, a Shiloh grad, also will work with host Cara Capuano on ESPNU's "SEC Weekly" show. Pollack is best known in the broadcasting world for his afternoon sports talk radio show on 790 The Zone.

Both Gwinnett products will get much more broadcast exposure this fall thanks to ESPN.

"It's the opportunity to talk about SEC football, I jump on that chance in casual conversations, so it gives me a legitimate opportunity to talk about it," Stinchcomb said. "It gives me a reason to follow it so closely, not just as a fan. I guess it gives me a more adult reason to follow it."

ESPN and ABC announced a number of programming moves Friday, including the addition of Matt Millen to work Saturday ABC broadcasts with Sean McDonough and sideline reporter Holly Rowe, who moves over from ESPN prime-time duty.

Rowe will be replaced by Erin Andrews on ESPN's prime-time games, which will feature Brad Nessler paired with Todd Blackledge.

The SEC noon broadcasts, which feature Stinchcomb in studio, will have the team of Andre Ware and Dave Neal, with Capuano as sideline reporter.