Friday, August 14, 2015

Samantha Ponder is an ex-sideline reporter for ESPN Thursday Night Football.

Samantha Ponder. Image via ESPN MediaZone. 

The changes in the ESPN college football coverage landscape continue to roll on. Samantha Ponder has announced via Instagram that she will be stepping down from her duties as a sideline reporter during the WWL's Thursday Night Football coverage.

Ponder cited a desire in wanting to spend more time with her husband Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, and their two-year old daughter Scout, as the reason for her decision.
Took this picture during halftime of an ASU/WSU game 2 years ago because an hour before game time I found out I was pregnant with Scout. It was the most nervous I've ever been doing a game because I couldn't stop thinking about how my life was about to change. All that to say, I decided to hang up my sideline reporter... uh... flats(?) so that I can spend more time investing in my husband, daughter and new dreams. Taking Scout away from her dad 5 days a week was incredibly difficult for me and Christian but I wanted to honor the commitment I made. Thank you to everyone w/Thursday Night Football & everyone at every school we covered who treated me with respect and kindness. I will never forget the last 4 years of games and more importantly, relationships. I will still be annoying you all day Friday & Saturday on CFBLive, Sportscenter & College Gameday. Thanks for all your support in this exciting new time for me and my family. ❤️
A photo posted by Samantha Steele Ponder (@samanthaponder) on
Ponder will continue on in her duties as a part of ESPN's College Football Live, and College GameDay.

The move is the latest of a series of seismic personnel changes in ESPN's coverage of college football. Those include Chris Fowler's decision to leave College GameDay in favor of coverage of live events (including college football), his replacement by Reece Davis on the GameDay podium, and the departure from ESPN of Lou Holtz.

(via Saturday Down South)

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