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Sean Salisbury will take his 'brand' elsewhere, thank you
Turns out Will Ferrell (see below) is not the only USC alum in the news today.
Hours after announcing Cris Carter would join its team of NFL analysts, ESPN announced that Sean Salisbury no longer is an ESPN football analyst.
Salisbury had an amazingly long 12-year run. The Star-Tribune in Minneapolis reported his contract was up and ESPN chose not to renew. (UPDATE: I have independently confirmed the Star-Tribune's report this evening.)
I can't find major fault with that. Salisbury came off a tad scary and agitated after the Super Bowl, frankly.
Here is Salisbury's statement: "I want to thank ESPN for 12 great years of talking football on TV and the radio. I have grown as much as I can at ESPN and decided to expand my horizons. I have created a brand and its time to expand into other opportunities in TV, radio, Internet, publishing, movies and public speaking, among others. My resume speaks for itself as a football analyst, and I believe I can talk all sports with the best of them.
Here is ESPN's statement: "Sean Salisbury has made many contributions to our efforts for the past 12 years. We thank him and wish him all the best."