Is there a better way to celebrate the start of SEC Media Days than giving Paul Finebaum, the “Mouth of the South,” a big, new contract? This morning, ESPN announced it signed Finebaum to a multi-year contract extension. The Paul Finebaum Show will continue to air weekday afternoons 3-7 p.m. on ESPN Radio and SEC Network, and he will return as an analyst on SEC Nation, the network’s pregame show on Saturdays during college football season.
“I’m excited to continue our show on SEC Network and be part of the talented team at ESPN,” Finebaum said in a press release. “One of my favorite things about this role is connecting with our listeners, and I’m truly looking forward to bringing our show to campuses again this fall. Especially over the past year, I’ve gotten a firsthand look at what our show means to those who tune in every day, and it’s a responsibility I’m honored to have.”
“Over the years, Paul has brought his signature brand of commentary to The Paul Finebaum Show and across our networks,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior vice president of production. “Paul is entrenched in the SEC, and his connection to the conference and its fan base, as well as with the media who cover college sports, is unmistakable. We also look forward to his return to SEC Nation, where viewers have come to expect and enjoy both his quick wit and candor.”
Congrats to Pawwwl. Hopefully Matt and Drew will continue fill in while he’s on vacation for years to come.