The Outland Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Fame member is arguably the most polarizing personality on ESPN's extensive roster of college football analysts. While knowledgeable, his aggressive on-screen style has turned off many viewers who simply view May as smug.
May, 50, got his broadcasting break in 1995 when he was hired as a studio analyst for TNT's Sunday night NFL telecasts. In 2001, he joined ESPN and has settled in as fixture on College Football Scoreboard and College Football Final.
May steadfastly maintains Boise State simply isn't challenged on a week-to-week basis like teams from BCS conferences, and that criticism has earned him Public Enemy No. 1 status among Bronco fans.
In 2005, May was discussing the upcoming West Virginia-Virginia Tech game and said when he was a player at Pittsburgh, his coach told his team that West Virginia fans would throw pennies at visiting players because they were too cheap to throw nickels.
"Mark said the remark was not made to offend but to relay what he'd been told by a former coach," Mo Davenport, ESPN's senior coordinating producer for college football, said. "He now knows what he said was derogatory to a group of people and a state, which was not his or ESPN's intent."
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