SIX BITS: Andrews, Brown, Parsons, Beal, Zunino; Aaron Hernandez updates

By Adam Silverstein
July 24, 2013

1 » Former Florida Gators dazzler Erin Andrews and softball player Jenn Brown, just over one year ago, were both working as sideline reports for ESPN with the former taking on a bunch of other duties as well. Neither remains with the network today, but Andrews and Brown each have a great opportunity to shine with their new company. Andrews, who was hired by FOX Sports last July, spent 2012 sitting at a studio desk as host of a primetime college football pre-game show while also serving as a sideline reporter for major sports events including the MLB postseason. According to SB Nation, her duties will increase this season with the launch of the FOX Sports 1 network. Andrews will move from the primetime half-hour show to hosting a new college football pregame show that will air on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, going head-to-head with ESPN’s College GameDay. Before leaving ESPN, Andrews was given hosting duties for the first hour of College GameDay, which aired from 9-10 a.m. on ESPNU.

Brown, after spending a short stint working with NBC, has signed a deal with the NFL Network, according to The Big Lead. She will start appearing on-air Thursday when she hosts the network’s Total Access show though the breath of her duties is currently unknown. “I’m thrilled to get back to the NFL,” she told the website. “The first sports job I had was on Inside the NFL. Covering college football for ESPN was a great time and I learned a lot, but it’s good to get back to the NFL.”

2 » Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears sat down with Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons to discuss what OnlyGators.com reported almost three weeks ago – Parsons’s role in luring free agent center Dwight Howard to Houston. “I spent a lot of time during the summer in L.A.,” Parsons explained. “We kind of just hit it off. We literally would text every day. [Howard would] call me at 8 p.m. with a question and then he’d call me at midnight with the same question. … I was just that guy trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible. We have very similar personalities. We are both outgoing. We’re always smiling. We like to have fun. I made him really comfortable that he was not only coming to a really good team, but a team with his friends.” Parsons also talks about his pitch, being involved in the official meeting and where he was when he learned Howard chose the Rockets.

Read and watch four more Florida Gators news BITS…after the break!

3 » Parsons is one of two former Gators – the other being Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal – currently in Las Vegas, NV, participating in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp in hopes of earning a spot on the 2013-16 U.S. Men’s National Team. In the video below, both former Florida players discuss being two of the youngest guys participating in the camp.

4 » Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has been on fire during his team’s still-alive eight-game winning streak (of which he’s played in seven contests), hitting .350 with a home run, four RBI, seven runs and six walks in that span of games. He also batted in the game-winning run in each of the last two games, hitting a 408-foot solo homer (the second of his career) in the fifth inning on Tuesday and smacking an RBI single in the third inning on Wednesday.

5 » NECN takes an inside look at former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez‘s life behind bars with this tour of the Bristol County jail.

6 » According to the Boston Globe, prosecutors have zeroed in on Hernandez as the primary suspect in the July 2012 shooting death of two men as they try to begin closing a case that has been unsolved for nearly a year. While the details of the case are unknown at this time, a source told the paper that the “case against Hernandez appears to be strengthening.” Authorities have been attempting to find the man responsible for the year-old drive-by shooting for over a year and began developing leads pointing to Hernandez while uncovering evidence in a case against him for the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in June.

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