ESPN’s Rece Davis will Emcee Big 10 Kickoff Luncheon



The Big Ten Conference announced today that ESPN’s Rece Davis will serve as emcee for the 39th Annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, which will take place Tuesday, August 3, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Festivities are set to begin at 10 a.m. CT with the annual players and coaches autograph session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Davis serves as the primary studio host for ESPN’s and ESPN2’s coverage of college football and college basketball as well as Saturday college football pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage. He hosts College Football Final alongside analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May and will call play-by-play for ESPN’s Thursday night series with analysts Jesse Palmer and Craig James and reporter Jenn Brown.

Davis is a regular contributor to SportsCenter and ESPN Radio, calls select college basketball games and is the host of ESPN’s College GameDay basketball road show. A native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Davis graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1988 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in broadcast news and public affairs. Davis joined ESPN in 1995 after working at WJRT-TV in Flint, Mich., as a sports anchor and reporter from 1993-95.

Along with Davis, each of the 11 Big Ten head football coaches and 33 of the conference’s top returning players will be featured at the Kickoff Luncheon. The complete list of player attendees has been announced and is available here

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually draws some of the most interesting and talented names in college sports. The list of former Kickoff Luncheon attendees includes coaching legends like Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes, along with each of the Big Ten’s Heisman Trophy winners since 1970 – Archie Griffin, Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Charles Woodson, Ron Dayne and Troy Smith. In all, approximately 750 of the conference’s finest players, more than 50 head coaches and nearly 44,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.

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