Report: Urban Meyer, Reggie Bush Join Fox's Version of ESPN College GameDay

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2019

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer celebrates at the end of the team's 28-23 win over Washington during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Fox is reportedly looking to challenge ESPN's College GameDay as a go-to source for pregame coverage of college football Saturdays and is turning to a number of marquee names in its efforts.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer and former USC running back Reggie Bush will join former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and former USC quarterback Matt Leinart on an as-yet-unnamed morning show hosted by Rob Stone.

One source called it a "Mount Rushmore of college football over the last 15 years" for the show that will air Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET, per Marchand.

Leinart and Quinn already worked for Fox prior to this report, with the former in the studio and the latter on color commentary during games.

The addition of Meyer and Bush gives Fox one of the best coaches and one of the best running backs in college football history. Bush won the 2005 Heisman Trophy, was a two-time All-American and won a BCS national championship during his time with the Trojans, while Meyer won two national championships with the Gators and another with the Buckeyes.

Bush forfeited his Heisman Trophy following an NCAA investigation.

Meyer retired after Ohio State's Rose Bowl victory in January, which concluded a season that saw him suspended for three games for the way he handled allegations of domestic violence against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

This won't be the first time the coach has worked in the media, as he was employed by ESPN between his tenures at Florida and Ohio State.

Marchand noted Fox is looking to its NFL and MLB pregame shows as examples of how to showcase numerous marquee names in a successful way. Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz and Frank Thomas all feature on national MLB pregame broadcasts for the network.