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Rece Davis
Born Laurece Davis
December 14, 1965 (1965-12-14) (age 44)
Chicago, IL
Education University of Alabama
Title College Basketball and Football Studio Host; SportsCenter Anchor/Reporter
Children 2
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Rece Davis (born December 14, 1965 as Laurece Davis in Chicago, Illinois) is a sports television journalist for ESPN. Davis works as an anchor on SportsCenter, and host of various other programs on the network.


Early life and career

Davis grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and graduated in 1988 from the University of Alabama, earning bachelor of arts degrees in both Broadcast News and Public Affairs. While a student at Alabama, Davis regularly worked as a freelance television play-by-play announcer, studio host, and radio personality in select media outlets throughout the state, all positions which were primarily unpaid internships. In 1987, Davis began working as a general assignment reporter for WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 2001 Davis was named as an outstanding alumnus of the University of Alabama's School of Communication and Information Sciences.

Before ESPN

After graduating from Alabama, Davis served until 1993 in various positions at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia. At the local news network, Davis worked as a sports reporter, the lead weekend news anchor, and later as WRBL's sports director.

In 1993, Davis left Georgia for the media market in Flint, Michigan. Davis began working as a sports anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV, a position where the young journalist would quickly garner the attention of ESPN.

Career at ESPN

Davis left WJRT and Flint, Michigan in March 1995 for Bristol, Connecticut. He began working for the ESPN2 program SportSmash, where he provided five-minute reports on sports news and scores. Davis hosted ESPN2's NBA 2Night in 1996 and 1997. From 1997 through 1999, Davis served as studio host of ESPN2's weekend RPM 2Night and Sunday morning RPM 2Day programs. Davis went on to anchor the program SportsCenter, alongside a number of other ESPN Personalities. Davis also frequently gave the "Extra Point" report of The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, and from time to time was a guest host on the program.

Davis works on SportsCenter, college football and college basketball for the network.

Davis is now the regular season host of College Football Live which airs daily during college football season and is also anchor of the studio crew of College GameDay (football) and College GameDay Final. He is also the host of the road College GameDay (basketball) show.

Davis has commented on his work at ESPN, by saying: "I don't think of my job as being hard. I know I'm the luckiest guy around. I get to watch basketball and talk about it. When you never feel as if you go to work, it's really easy and fun to do the homework."[1]


Davis refers to the Dallas Mavericks as "The Fightin' Mark Cubans", for their eccentric owner and media personality Mark Cuban. He also refers to several college football teams in a similar manner after their head coach: the California Golden Bears are "Fighting Tedfords" after Jeff Tedford, the Illinois Fighting Illini are the "Fighting Zookers" after Ron Zook, and the Kansas Jayhawks are the "Fighting Manginos" after Mark Mangino. For some others he uses their names: the Nebraska Cornhuskers as "The Children of Corn", the Tennessee Volunteers as "The Children of the Checkerboard", and referring to Michigan State Spartans as "The Sparties". He refers to the Purdue Boilermakers defense as the Purdont defense.

Davis also pokes some tongue-in-cheek fun at regional dialects: for instance, pronouncing "Missouri" with the accented "a" when referring to the Missouri Tigers (as well as using the same type of voice pathology for the Miami Hurricanes, using the peculiar Fielding Yost pronunciation of "Michigan" when referring to the Michigan Wolverines, and a highly nasal and exaggerated "o" in "Wisconsin" when referring to the Wisconsin Badgers.

Davis uses a variety of puns when highlights involve Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies. For example, after saying his name, Davis says things such as "Not that there's anything wrong with that". He refers to Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt as the "Right Reverend Houston Nutt."

“I promise you, its going to get more insightful as we go along.” Davis, begging people not to change the channel after Lou Holtz explains that each week in college football, 50% of the teams win and 50% of the teams lose.


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