Meet the new face of sideline reporting in college football
- by Zach Barnett 4 months ago
This is Allie LaForce.
She is 25 years old. She graduated from Ohio University just three years ago.
And come this fall, she'll be the new face of sideline reporting in college football.
In his weekly media column, SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported Monday that CBS is promoting Tracy Wolfson off the SEC on CBS crew to its lead NFL crew, where she'll now work with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The network has chosen the fast-rising LaForce to replace Wolfson.
"CBS Sports management both publicly and privately have been pushing LaForce's star for the past couple of months," writes Deitsch. "She had a very good NCAA tournament, asking smart and pointed questions and showing versatility with the content of her interviews."
After playing basketball at Ohio, LaForce landed a job at a Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW before CBS Sports executive discovered her clips on YouTube and relocated her to Southern California. In addition to her work on the NCAA Tournament for CBS and Turner, LaForce has covered the NFL for CBS and hosts CBS Sports Network's daily late-night show "Lead Off" along with Doug Gottlieb.
If you've followed the NCAA Tournament, you may be familiar with this piece of her work:
Though she will not appear on college football's biggest games, ESPN owns all the broadcast rights to the upcoming College Football Playoff, CBS's SEC package (which drew a 4.2 rating in 2013) is the highest-rated television package in college football in the 15 Saturdays from Labor Day weekend through Conference Championship Saturday.