Scott Van Pelt On Leaving SVP & Russillo For New Gig
If the U.S. Parks Department ever commissions a Mt. Rushmore of sports media personalities, Scott Van Pelt will get the Teddy Roosevelt spot. A big, bald, granite Scott Van Pelt. Sounds terrifying.
For five years, SVP has been a staple of ESPN's daytime sports talk radio lineup -- a landscape littered with myopic blowhards and humorless hot takes. Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo's eponymous midday three-hour slot has served as a respite from the screaming matches and bizarre egoism that defines the medium. He's your cool older brother amongst a sea of bitter sports dorks. Dude is smooth as hell.
Today we learned that he'll be leaving the SVP & Russillo program to take over a live SportsCenter gig, running weekdays at midnight, at some point this summer. He'll be flying solo for the hour-long highlight recap.
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) May 12, 2015
On Tuesday's show, Van Pelt addressed the outpouring of support from listeners around the country, noting that Russillo (who's contract with ESPN will be up after this year) will "do bigger and better things with me out of his way."
"It's been rewarding beyond measure," he said on the air. "It's been satisfying beyond measure and I could've kept doing it for a long, long time and been happy. But now I look forward to trying to do something that can be the next thing and we can make that as rewarding as well, and I know Ryen is going to do the exact same thing and do bigger and better things with me out of his way jamming him up all the time. Again, this morning is more than I can possibly say thanks for, so we're psyched to know that you've enjoyed it."
Van Pelt has been on Twitter all day personally thanking the show's listeners, which further stands as a testament to how immensely humble he is relative to his peers. There must be 30 replies thanking individual accounts for their support.
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