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Pat McAfee Joins ESPN’s “College GameDay”; Set to Take Hiatus From WWE Smackdown

— The NY Post reported yesterday that WWE commentator Pat McAfee is joining ESPN’s “College GameDay” as a full-time member of the show. That show airs live on Saturday mornings every week during college football season. It was assumed that McAfee would have to fly from WWE Smackdown on a private jet in order to make it for ESPN’s GameDay, however, McAfee has confirmed that he will be taking time off from his WWE Smackdown duties:

“I was thinking about maybe doing both [SmackDown and College Gameday] […] So the original thought for me was I can do both, I can do SmackDown and I can do Gameday. The folks at the WWE who I have nothing but love and respect and appreciation for, old regime, new regime, whoever you think is in charge over there I have nothing but love and appreciation for.”

“So I reach out to them, chit chat with them, and they were the ones that said ‘hey dude, if you’re gonna do Gameday which is a great opportunity, congratulations, we love the show, you cannot be travelling overnight for the entirety of the season, it’s not good for your health, it’s not good for your family, it’s not good for anything. Whenever the time is right we will have you back in our family.’”

“So SmackDown will be on hold for a little bit, commentating, while I do College Gameday. I’m still very much in the WWE family and as one OG in the WWE family said to me in a message, very heartfelt, ‘hey now one of our guys is on College Gameday.’ So I’m still very much a part of the WWE family, will still very much be doing things but for the good of college football and College Gameday I’ll be focussing on that on Saturdays.”

— WWE CCO Paul Levesque tweeted support of this new chapter in McAfee’s career:

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