Front & Center: Samantha Steele

ESPN's Samantha Steele

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Samantha Steele, most recently a reporter for the Longhorn Network, will join the first hour of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot on ESPNU each Saturday from 9-10 a.m. ET this college football season. In addition, she will provide features and updates for the 10 a.m.-noon hours of GameDay on ESPN.

Steele will preview the week’s best matchups, teams and storylines from the site of that weekend’s biggest game alongside GameDay host Chris Fowler and analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.

Also added to her duties this season, Steele will serve as the reporter for the ESPN Thursday Night team of Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Pollack, also a newbie to the crew.

In the podcast above, Samantha discusses: the influence her father (a high school coach in Phoenix) had on her; throwing tight spirals with Doug Flutie; her ahead-of-the-curve Twitter thinking; how a Politics/Philosophy/Economics major winds up in sports broadcasting; her weekly H-O-R-S-E beat downs of ESPN analyst Dan Dakich; and discovering what an IFB is.