College GameDay Host and Play-by-Play Commentator
Rece Davis, who joined ESPN in 1995, was named the host for ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, the network’s flagship college football program in February 2015 when his six-year contract extension was announced. In addition, he is the prime host of the network’s on-site coverage for both the College Football Playoff and the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
In his first three seasons with college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show, College GameDay earned a Sports Emmy for best weekly studio show (2018, 2017 & 2016), adding to the previous five trophies (2015, 2014, 2011, 2010 & 2008).
He remains the host of ESPN’s College GameDay basketball road show and calls a Thursday night basketball game following the completion of the football season. A regular contributor to SportsCenter and ESPN Radio, Davis serves as the host on the NBA Draft on ESPN.
Previously, he was the host of ESPN’s Saturday college football pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage and College Football Final with analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May. Davis also called the ESPN College Football Primetime game on Thursday nights with Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder until 2014.
Davis hosted ESPN2’s weekend RPM 2Night and Sunday morning RPM 2Day programs (1997-1999), and ESPN2’s NBA 2Night, the network’s daily NBA highlights/news program (1996-97). He has also worked on ESPN and ABC’s Triple Crown horse racing and NFL Draft coverage.
Before joining ESPN, Davis worked at WJRT-TV in Flint, Mich., as a sports anchor/reporter (1993-95). From 1988 to 1993, he was a sports anchor and sports director at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Ga., and, while he was still as student at the University of Alabama in 1987, a general assignment reporter for WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa. He also worked as a freelance television play-by-play announcer, studio host and radio announcer in select media outlets in Alabama (1983-93).
In 2008, Davis won the Best Sports Host award given by Cable Fax.
Davis, a native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degrees from the School of Communications in news and public affairs. Davis was named the University of Alabama School of Communication Broadcast Department’s outstanding alumnus for 2001.