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KCChiefsFan88
09-06-2005, 09:53 PM
Sounds like Trev pulled a Fatlock


ESPN sacks Alberts
College analyst fired after tiring of 'second-fiddle' role
Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2005 9:08PM; Updated: Tuesday September 6, 2005 9:08PM

John Walters, SI.com

ESPN fired Trev Alberts on Sunday after the college football analyst failed to show up for work at ESPN's studios in Bristol, Conn.

"He phoned and said that he wasn't going to show up," Mark Shapiro, ESPN's Vice President of Programming and Production, told SI.com on Tuesday night, "and when he didn't, he was in breach of his contract and we terminated him."

Alberts, a former All-American defensive end at Nebraska and member of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, was embarking on his fourth season as part of ESPN's popular College Football Scoreboard and College Football Gameday team. But on Sunday morning, in the midst of college football's first big weekend of the season, Alberts phoned ESPN's coordinating producer of college football, Ed Placey, and voiced his discontent.

"He phoned us and told us that he was unhappy with his role on College GameDay," said Shapiro. "He felt that he was playing second fiddle."

As the day wore on, according to both Shapiro and Alberts, there were several conversations between Alberts and ESPN senior vice presidents Jed Drake and Norby Williamson. Finally, Alberts announced that he would not be reporting for work that afternoon (ESPN and ESPN2 aired three college football games between 3:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). Once Alberts failed to appear for his studio show assignment with host Rece Davis and fellow analyst Mark May, he was fired.

"They first wanted me to resign," Alberts said on Tuesday night from his Atlanta home. "Then they fired me. I obviously have a serious problem with the word 'breach', but that's something my attorney will work out."

Alberts joined ESPN's studio show in 2002 after five years of working in a similar capacity at CNN/SI. Cantankerous, passionate and opinionated, Alberts often feuded with May about issues relating to the sport, but the feud never turned (or even appeared to seem) personal. Davis played the role of genial arbitrator to a tee.

"We were just trying to be three guys in a frat house talking football," said Alberts.

As far as his discontent and the phone calls to management, Alberts said that both began long before Sunday.

"It wasn't just this weekend," he said. "There were conversations for awhile. I fully understood the privilege of the seat I sat in. And it was never about wanting to be part of the GameDay crew. But no matter what business you're in, if you're not respected internally, you're going to have a hard time being respected externally."

Alberts declined to elaborate. The GameDay crew, with Chris Fowler as host and sidekicks Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, has evolved into a wildly popular cult phenomenon. Each Saturday the trio's visit to a college campus is cause for pre-game pandemonium among the tailgating set.

Alberts claims that he never aspired to that, nor does he begrudge Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit their widening popularity.

"The GameDay guys have earned that," Alberts said. "Mark, Rece and I, we had searched for something we could call ours. All we wanted was something we could take ownership of. We felt like the midnight wrap-up show was ours, but as the season began I could see that we'd be more of a support crew for [Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit].

"Never once did I say, Why aren't I on commercials? Why aren't I making more money? I'm a huge fan of all these people who work at ESPN, including Mark [Shapiro]. It's just a matter of not wanting to be marginalized."

Shapiro concurred that the ESPN stable may have had a few too many thoroughbreds.

"Over the years there's been some discomfort over how to integrate the two teams," he said on Tuesday. "But, it's like a coach who has a lot of good backs and receivers. Everyone has a role to play."

Everyone except Alberts. He has been dismissed from the team. Shapiro said that in the short term a replacement will come from in-house, but as for a full-time replacement for Alberts, "essentially, we're open for business."

Coach
09-06-2005, 09:55 PM
Good. I never liked him anyways.

Coach
09-06-2005, 10:01 PM
And while we're on the subject of Ex-ESPN reporters, here is another one.



Ex-ESPN reporter Karsten found dead
Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2005 7:09PM; Updated: Tuesday September 6, 2005 7:35PM

GREEN LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Adrian Karsten, a former college football sideline reporter for ESPN, was found dead at his home just before reporting to federal prison for tax evasion. He was 45.

Karsten was expected to report to a facility in Rochester, Minn., this week to serve an 11-month prison sentence followed by probation after pleading guilty to failing to file federal income tax returns.

But Green Lake County sheriff's deputies found Karsten dead in his home in the town of Brooklyn on Friday.

The coroner's office was still investigating the death Tuesday and declined comment, saying the sheriff's department would release more information on Wednesday.

Investigators said there was no indication of foul play and "the death does not appear to be suspicious," according to a statement.

Karsten pleaded guilty in March to two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns totaling about $363,000 in income from 2000 and 2002.

Karsten began his career at ESPN as a production assistant in 1983 and was a reporter from 1991 to 2003, ESPN spokesman Michael Humes said. Humes declined to comment on whether Karsten left voluntarily or was fired.

But after pleading guilty, he was allowed to "do scouting for the Minnesota Vikings" in April, according to a letter from his lawyer to the judge.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/football/ncaa/09/06/karsten.espn.ap/index.html

tk13
09-06-2005, 10:05 PM
I thought him and Mark May were good together. Not as entertaining as Corso and Herbstreit, but good nonetheless. Really I think you could make the case the college TV guys were more entertaining and better than the pros.

shaneo69
09-06-2005, 10:07 PM
Trev will be kicking himself for being such an idiot. But at least he's not Craig James. That guy started the whole College Gameday phenomenon with Corso and Fowler and then left that great gig for a college studio job at CBS. Yeah, CBS. Dumbass.

Mecca
09-06-2005, 10:08 PM
This is nothing but good news for the Lachey camp.......

shaneo69
09-06-2005, 10:10 PM
I thought him and Mark May were good together. Not as entertaining as Corso and Herbstreit, but good nonetheless. Really I think you could make the case the college TV guys were more entertaining and better than the pros.

I really don't think there's any doubt about that. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they travel to the big games and are part of the whole gameday experience. The pro studio shows should consider it. And I don't consider sitting outside in NYC (as the CBS idiots do) to be part of the gameday experience.

shaneo69
09-06-2005, 10:12 PM
And while we're on the subject of Ex-ESPN reporters, here is another one.



Ex-ESPN reporter Karsten found dead
Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2005 7:09PM; Updated: Tuesday September 6, 2005 7:35PM

GREEN LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Adrian Karsten, a former college football sideline reporter for ESPN, was found dead at his home just before reporting to federal prison for tax evasion. He was 45.

Karsten was expected to report to a facility in Rochester, Minn., this week to serve an 11-month prison sentence followed by probation after pleading guilty to failing to file federal income tax returns.

But Green Lake County sheriff's deputies found Karsten dead in his home in the town of Brooklyn on Friday.

The coroner's office was still investigating the death Tuesday and declined comment, saying the sheriff's department would release more information on Wednesday.

Investigators said there was no indication of foul play and "the death does not appear to be suspicious," according to a statement.

Karsten pleaded guilty in March to two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns totaling about $363,000 in income from 2000 and 2002.

Karsten began his career at ESPN as a production assistant in 1983 and was a reporter from 1991 to 2003, ESPN spokesman Michael Humes said. Humes declined to comment on whether Karsten left voluntarily or was fired.

But after pleading guilty, he was allowed to "do scouting for the Minnesota Vikings" in April, according to a letter from his lawyer to the judge.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/football/ncaa/09/06/karsten.espn.ap/index.html

I liked Karsten. He wasn't eye candy like most of the hot chicks they have working the sidelines now, but he was entertaining for a sideline reporter.

SBK
09-06-2005, 10:26 PM
This is nothing but good news for the Lachey camp.......

I saw something about that in one of my wife's stupid famous people magazines.

the Talking Can
09-06-2005, 10:36 PM
brilliant, give up a lucrative, high profile gig on the biggest sports network in the world for a...a...a what?

he should take advice from Tod Collins...don't be embarrassed to cash checks for doing nothing...

Bowser
09-06-2005, 10:51 PM
I bet he ends up on NBC doing NFL Sunday Night games next year.

Consistent1
09-06-2005, 10:52 PM
Not sure about this, but didn't they put him in a couple of weird debate spots over the Indian mascot thing? I thought they did, but could be wrong. I always thought he was a decent enough guy. I could swear that I say him in a rough spot over the mascot debate last weekend, but I could be wrong...anyone else?

Consistent1
09-06-2005, 10:54 PM
And while we're on the subject of Ex-ESPN reporters, here is another one.



Ex-ESPN reporter Karsten found dead
Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2005 7:09PM; Updated: Tuesday September 6, 2005 7:35PM

GREEN LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Adrian Karsten, a former college football sideline reporter for ESPN, was found dead at his home just before reporting to federal prison for tax evasion. He was 45.

Karsten was expected to report to a facility in Rochester, Minn., this week to serve an 11-month prison sentence followed by probation after pleading guilty to failing to file federal income tax returns.

But Green Lake County sheriff's deputies found Karsten dead in his home in the town of Brooklyn on Friday.

The coroner's office was still investigating the death Tuesday and declined comment, saying the sheriff's department would release more information on Wednesday.

Investigators said there was no indication of foul play and "the death does not appear to be suspicious," according to a statement.

Karsten pleaded guilty in March to two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns totaling about $363,000 in income from 2000 and 2002.

Karsten began his career at ESPN as a production assistant in 1983 and was a reporter from 1991 to 2003, ESPN spokesman Michael Humes said. Humes declined to comment on whether Karsten left voluntarily or was fired.

But after pleading guilty, he was allowed to "do scouting for the Minnesota Vikings" in April, according to a letter from his lawyer to the judge.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/football/ncaa/09/06/karsten.espn.ap/index.html

Damn, kinda sounds like he got wacked, must be a whole lot more to this story...R.I.P...

Consistent1
09-06-2005, 10:55 PM
Damn, kinda sounds like he got wacked, must be a whole lot more to this story...R.I.P...

Or did he do himself, anyone with info?

SBK
09-06-2005, 10:59 PM
Or did he do himself, anyone with info?

I wasn't there, sorry buddy. :)

KCChiefsFan88
09-06-2005, 11:04 PM
I think Trev Alberts will end up at FOX. They are getting the BCS (except for the Rose Bowl which will stay on ABC I think) package in 2 years.

HolmeZz
09-07-2005, 12:18 AM
I didn't mind the Alberts/May pairing. It really does pail in comparison to Herbstreit/Corso though.