Viewers of Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” college football preview show will be greeted with a different set of faces Saturday.
Fox announced Wednesday night that host Rob Stone and analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer will not be on Saturday’s broadcast “in accordance to CDC guidance, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health safety guidelines — and out of an abundance of caution for our team.”
Though coronavirus was not explicitly mentioned in Fox’s statement, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand confirmed that the group’s absence is due to the following of COVID-19 protocols. Fox did not tell the Post if any of the on-air talent tested positive for COVID-19.
Replacing the usual group in Fox’s Los Angeles studio will be host Charissa Thompson and analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Emmanuel Acho. Fox said the show will also be shortened to one hour.
This week’s “Big Noon Kickoff” show starts at 11 a.m. ET and leads into the noon ET game between Arizona State and No. 20 Southern California (starting at 9 a.m. local time at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum).