Veteran ESPN SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy and college football analyst Mark May, who both called the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl last year, will be joined by former Texas head coach Mack Brown in the booth and Kaylee Hartung on the sidelines for ESPN at the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl between Middle Tennessee (7-5) and Western Michigan (7-5) on Thursday, Dec. 24 in Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium at Noon ET.
Steve Levy has been an anchor on SportsCenter since joining ESPN in August 1993. Along the way, he has also handled play-by-play on the NHL (1995–2005) on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports, college football on ESPN2 (1999–2002) and the NCAA Division I men’s hockey semifinals and finals – “The Frozen Four” – in 1998 and ‘99. The versatile Levy has also served as the studio host for ESPN’s NHL telecasts and co-hosted The NFL on ESPN Radio – previewing, reviewing and updating National Football League games all day on Sundays throughout the season.
Mark May, a 2005 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and 13-year NFL veteran as an offensive lineman, serves as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2 studio shows and select college football game telecasts.
May was a first-round selection (20th overall) of the Washington Redskins in the 1981 NFL Draft. He played 10 years with the team where he was a starting offensive lineman – and a member of the famed “Hogs” offensive line – from 1982-90. While with the Redskins, May was a three-time Super Bowl participant, winning two championships, and played in the Pro Bowl following the 1988 season. In 1992, May was recognized as one of Washington’s 70 Greatest Redskins. He also played with the San Diego Chargers in 1991 and retired after two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (1992-93).
May, who attended the University of Pittsburgh, was a consensus All-American, the Outland Trophy winner as the best offensive lineman in 1980 and had his jersey retired by the school.
Mack Brown, former National Championship winning coach at Texas, joined ESPN in 2014 as a college football studio analyst on College Football Countdown, and also contributes to halftime and postgame shows for regional and Saturday night national games.
Brown was the head coach of the University of Texas Longhorns from 1998-2013, where he won the National Championship in 2005, played for the National Championship against Alabama in 2009, plus won two Big 12 Championships. Prior to that, Brown was the head coach at the University of North Carolina (1988-97), Tulane University (1985-87) and Appalachian State University (1983). He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1996. He previously held assistant coaching positions at Oklahoma, LSU, Iowa State and Memphis State.
Brown compiled a 244-122 overall record as a collegiate head coach, and also won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award (2005), Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2008) and was a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2005, ‘09) while coaching the Longhorns.
Kaylee Hartung is an award-winning college sports reporter for ESPN. Hartung regularly appears on SportsCenter and SEC Nation, SEC Network’s traveling Saturday morning pregame show.
Hartung joined ESPN in the fall of 2012 as an anchor and reporter for Longhorn Network. She hosted Longhorn Network’s flagship program Longhorn Extra, reported for Texas GameDay and crafted feature stories – two of which garnered LoneStar Emmys. When SEC Network launched in the fall of 2014, Hartung was tabbed as a reporter for the channel’s flagship college football program, SEC Nation. She contributes to ESPN’s coverage of college football, basketball and baseball.
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