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CFB Media Notes: FS1's Jenny Taft embraces return to normalcy

In Minneapolis, Michael Rand noted FS1's Jenny Taft, whose broadcast career was "launched in large part as a 'Fox Sports North Girl' a decade ago," has "steadily risen to prominence." She worked as the sideline reporter for Thursday's Ohio State-Minnesota game and will work Penn State-Wisconsin on Saturday. After working on sidelines in empty stadiums last season in the midst of the COVID pandemic, Taft is "more than ready to be in the midst of thousands of fans" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/2).

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: “College GameDay” producer Jim Gaiero said that Lee Corso is "'gung ho' about traveling with the show this season" after being at home last season. THE ATHLETIC's Richard Deitsch noted the show works with Corso "on travel to make things as easy as possible." Gaiero said, “The show is better when Lee Corso is with us in person. We love having him." Gaiero noted the "dynamic" between Corso and co-host Kirk Herbstreit and said, "Seeing them together [last week] was special and I know he wants to keep going on the road” (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/2).

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