One of ESPN’s most accomplished college football reporters bid farewell from the network and it made fans incredibly sad.
Longtime sportswriter Gene Wojciechowski has already made his exit as he announced in a tweet Monday afternoon. The move comes amid a round of layoffs that impacted ESPN’s personnel in front of and behind the camera.
“June 30 was my last day at ESPN,” Wojciechowski said. “I’m indebted to every editor, producer, director, crew member, researcher, and colleague during that 25 1/2-year run. Grateful to all those who let us parachute into their lives and trust us with their stories. No Plan B yet. For now, just thanks.”
Wojciechowski, a senior writer at ESPN since 1998, was well-known for narrating features on College GameDay.
Here’s how social media responded:
This is yet another unfortunate casualty of ESPN’s brutal round of layoffs this year.
The native of Kansas and a Tennessee graduate spent time with The Denver Post, The Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune before and during his ESPN tenure. He has also written books with several sports figures, including Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, radio host Paul Finebaum, Hall of Fame center Bill Walton, longtime Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and others.
This firing hurts a ton, but it was expected as it has become part of massive cuts across Disney, which are designed to eliminate 7,000 jobs.
Wojciechowski is such a well-respected figure in the industry and we just hope he can land on his feet elsewhere.
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