ESPN has reached a multiyear deal with Dari Nowkhah, a graduate of OU and Tulsa Union High School, to host the SEC Network and its weeknight news and information show, “SEC Now.”
The contract comes on the heels of Nowkhah’s 10-year anniversary with ESPN, having established himself as one of college sports’ most versatile hosts. The 24-hour network devoted to the Southeastern Conference and operated by ESPN will debut on Aug. 14.
“You would be hard pressed to find a sportscaster with more passion than Dari Nowkhah has for covering a range of college sports,” ESPN’s Stephanie Druley, vice president, production, college networks, said in a news release. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that is needed for a network that will cover all of the conference’s 21 sports.”
Nowkhah, 38, a sportscaster at Tulsa’s KOTV-6 from 2002-2004, began his career at ESPN on “SportsCenter” in 2004. He has been the main anchor for ESPNU since 2011, hosting a spectrum of studio shows on the 24-hour college sports network.
Nowkhah will continue his ESPN Radio show “Dari & Mel,” which he co-hosts with NFL draft expert Mel Kiper.
“The best thing about college sports is the passion of the fans, and top to bottom, there is no conference that matches the SEC in that category,” Nowkhah said.
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