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Paul Finebaum ‘not really sure’ about his ESPN future

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Paul Finebaum has been central to ESPN’s coverage of college football and the SEC for years, but he added to speculation that his time at the network may be ending.

Finebaum said Monday during an interview with radio station WJOX that he isn’t sure about his future with ESPN, adding that the network does not like speculation without a formal statement.

“I’m not really sure,” Finebaum said when asked about his ESPN future, via Brad Crawford of 247 Sports. “Obviously, everything depends on what happens. But I’ll probably be the last to know. Here’s the problem and you guys know me pretty well. The company doesn’t like us talking about things until they issue their formal statements.”

In contrast, Finebaum told Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports earlier this month that he has “no interest in doing anything else” and has “never enjoyed working for this company more.”

It would be fair to say signals are a bit mixed right now. People have been paying attention to Finebaum’s future when it was reported that he may go independent when his contract expires next summer. His departure from SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” only fueled the speculation, and these comments won’t silence any doubters either.

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