In a surprise move, NBC’s Alex Flanagan will no longer be the sideline reporter for Notre Dame football games and report for Football Night in America.

Flanagan has roamed the South Bend sidelines for NBC dating back to the 2007 season and also appeared on FNIA reporting from the big NFL games of the day.

Not only does Flanagan lose two gigs this fall, she will no longer be on Thursday Night Football as CBS took that package and decided to use Tracy Wolfson as its reporter.

An NBC spokesman told The Big Lead: “We are fine-tuning our Notre Dame coverage and will reveal our new plans closer to the start of the season. Alex will not be with us in South Bend, but she remains in the NBC family.”

Flanagan confirmed her departure from Notre Dame broadcasts on her website “I’m grateful for the time I spent on the sideline in South Bend. I will truly miss the Notre Dame community. I’ll still work with NBC Sports on other projects. I’ll have more news about where I’ll be spending my fall weekends soon.”

It’s not known who Alex’s replacement will be on Notre Dame games. It’s expected that Josh Elliott will join Football Night in America to report features and conduct interviews.

Flanagan will continue to work for NFL Network and we’ll see where she lands at NBC.

[The Big Lead]

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