Pete Thamel
ESPN has signed Pete Thamel for their college football coverage. Thamel will have a major role at the network and will appear on numerous shows. (Screengrab/WVU)

ESPN Signs College Football Analyst Pete Thamel

ESPN has just signed a major talent. Pete Thamel is known as one of the best college football news breakers in the country. You probably know Thamel as a Yahoo Sports columnist for college football. Well, he’s at ESPN now and officially starts January 15th. Thamel is coming to Bristol to beef up ESPN’s college football coverage.

VIA ESPN Press Room:

Award-winning journalist Pete Thamel is joining ESPN as a college football senior writer. One of the industry’s most widely respected reporters, Thamel will cover college football year-round for ESPN, as well as some college basketball. His multi-platform role will include writing for ESPN, as well as television and radio. He officially starts Saturday, Jan. 15.

Thamel’s day-to-day news reporting will appear on, while a majority of his features and non-news reporting will be part of ESPN+. Thamel will contribute to ESPN Radio, in addition to making regular appearances across ESPN networks, including popular studio shows College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, editions of SportsCenter, College Football Live, Get Up, and more.

“Pete has long established himself as one of the sport’s top news breakers and storytellers. He’ll bring that sensibility and his unique voice and perspective to every platform at ESPN,” said Lauren Reynolds, vice president and executive editor, We’re thrilled to welcome Pete to ESPN and excited for his contributions as he joins our team of award-winning college sports reporters who create smart, distinctive coverage.”

Thamel added: “I’m thrilled to join the talented team at ESPN and contribute to their outstanding college football coverage. ESPN is the preeminent destination for college football fans, and I look forward to contributing across all of their various platforms.”

I would assume that Thamel would likely just become the Adam Schefter version of college football at ESPN. They currently don’t have anyone in that sphere for content. Like Schefter, Thamel will make regular TV appearances on all of their shows.

Thamel has prior experience at Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times.

ESPN has major TV rights for college football. It only made sense to go get Thamel.