ESPN hires Texas A&M's Michael Thompson Jr. for key role at SEC Network and Longhorn Network
Michael Thompson Jr. is gearing up for a prominent role at the SEC Network and the Longhorn Network.
Thompson, who is the deputy AD for external relations and business development and been involved with the SEC Network from a campus perspective for almost a decade from campus, is now going to be running the ESPN-owned channel, ESPN announced.
Thompson will oversee all aspects of programming and scheduling for SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Thompson will take over from Stacie McCollum, who joined DraftKings in February to become its head of programming. A long-time SEC administrator, Thompson previously worked at Ole Miss.
“College sports, and especially the Southeastern Conference, have been a common thread throughout my and my family’s lives for decades, and I’m thrilled for this new opportunity at ESPN,” Thompson said. “It’s really the best of both worlds – the opportunity to work with the talented team at ESPN on compelling programming, powerful storytelling and innovative ways to reach our audience, combined with continuing to work with Commissioner Sankey, Charlie Hussey and the incredible staff at the SEC office, as well as my colleagues on campuses across the country.”
“I’m incredibly grateful for the support of my family, Ross’s leadership and trust over the past 12 years, and ESPN’s confidence in me for this role,” Thompson shared. “I can’t wait to get started.”