Tonight will be Michael Smith’s final show on ESPN's SportsCenter but he will remain at the network under a longterm contract like his former colleague, Jemele Hill, who left the network a month ago.


 “Michael Smith will be leaving the 6 p.m. ET ‘SportsCenter’ after tonight’s edition,” Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor, Studio Production, said a few hours after our initial report was published. “Michael is a talented commentator and we greatly appreciate and value his contributions and creativity. We are in the process of discussing with him potential next ESPN assignments.”


 “Permanent anchors for the 6 p.m. ‘SportsCenter’ will be determined and announced at a later date,” he continued. “In the interim, the program will be hosted by a variety of anchors from the ‘SportsCenter’ team.”