via press release:
Maria Taylor Named to SEC Network Lineup
ESPN Sideline Report Signs Multi-Year Deal as Host, Sideline Reporter and Analyst
The SEC Network, ESPN’s 24/7 network devoted to the Southeastern Conference, has reached a multi-year deal with Maria Taylor to serve as studio host. She will also be a sideline reporter for SEC football games and an analyst for volleyball and select women’s basketball contests.
“In a short amount of time at ESPN, Maria has established herself as an engaging reporter and knowledgeable analyst from sidelines and in the studio,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN vice president, production of college networks. “Maria's versatility in both on-air skill sets and experience as a two-sport SEC student-athlete make her a perfect fit for the SEC Network.”
Taylor is the first studio host named for the network which launches August 14. She will have an integral role in the network’s daily news & information show and other programming from the Charlotte, N.C. studios. In addition, she will report from SEC stadiums every Saturday in tandem with the SEC Network’s lead college football commentating team of Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer. She was previously the reporter on ESPN2’s Saturday night primetime telecast.
Taylor was a two-sport student-athlete at Georgia – volleyball and basketball – and will share her SEC athletic expertise from both courts on the SEC Network. In college she was named to the All-SEC volleyball team three times and has since covered women’s college volleyball, including the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, as an analyst on ESPN networks for the last two seasons.
As a basketball analyst and reporter, she has worked regular season games for ESPN networks and also served in studio for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, Preview Show and the Tournament.
“I am beyond thrilled to be part of the SEC Network. It feels like I'm coming back home,” said Taylor. “I played in this conference and I know first-hand that the standard of excellence expected of the players, coaches, and Universities that reside in the SEC. It is humbling to have a role in the network.”
The former Bulldog joins a growing roster of nationally acknowledged SEC players and renowned sportscasters that includes: