ESPN Tinkering with the Idea of Changes to College Basketball Gameday

By Jason McIntyre

ESPN has been having high-level discussions about potential changes to ESPN’s College Basketball Gameday, three sources tell The Big Lead. The talks, which have been going on for over two weeks, center around potentially swapping out veteran Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose, and replacing them with Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. The changes would be implemented for next season.

When reached for comment, an ESPN spokesman said, “No decisions on the lineup have been made for next season.”

Greenberg-for-Phelps has been rumored since the former Virginia Tech coach was hired in 2012. Rose, perhaps the most overworked man at ESPN – NBA Countdown, Gameday and Grantland – joined Gameday in 2012 when Hubert Davis left for an assistant coaching job at UNC.

Williams filled in for Rose this past weekend on Gameday, and sources say part of the reason ESPN is growing increasingly comfortable with the idea of the change is because of improved relations between Greenberg and Williams. The two lacked chemistry last year in the studio, sources say and additionally, it appears Greenberg – unlike ESPN’s Bruce Pearl – isn’t looking to go back into coaching.