Still, it will definitely be an adjustment. The SEC is all I've known since working at CBS and there are definitely things I am going to miss not covering games on Saturday.
First off, my crew. I couldn't have asked for two better partners in Verne and Gary. They believe in the role of a sideline reporter and have supported me every step of the way. We have formed such a good rapport on the air but an even better friendship off it. My producer Craig, my director Steve, all of our production and tech crew, it may sound corny but we really are one big family. They are all so talented and so easy to work with and the product they put on the air is top notch.
One of my favorite parts of being a college football sideline reporter were interviews, especially with the coaches in the SEC. Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Will Muschamp, just to name a few. Each has a unique personality and I always loved trying to capture that and bring it to the viewers. I don't think Bill Belichick is stopping to chat with me going into half anytime soon.
Having only done a handful of NFL games, I am really looking forward to hitting all the NFL cities and experiencing the stadiums and fan bases associated with each team. It sure will make my travel a whole lot easier! But Saturday's in the South are tough to beat. The passion, the tradition, the noise, Rocky Top, The Swamp, The Hedges, Death Valley at night, Sweet Home Alabama, Woo Pig Suey, the Grove, Cowbells… I will miss it all.
But hey, I will certainly get a taste of the SEC in the NFL. From former coaches to former players they are all over the National Football League. I kick off this season September 7th at MetLife with the Jets hosting Oakland, 1pm ET on CBS.