The Next Erin Andrews: Big Ten Network’s Melanie Collins Was A Bikini Model


Now that Erin Andrews is 30, and has been around for a few years, we are losing interest.

She’s like a running back who had a nice 4-5 year run and is now in the twilight of the career. Think Shaun Alexander.

There were Pro Bowl years but fans begin looking for something younger and peppier. In the sideline reporter community that replacement is on the scene but you probably haven’t noticed.

Her name is Melanie Collins – a recent Penn State communications grad – and she’s working for the Big Ten Network.

But there is a small secret that will intrigue American men. Ms. Collins was a bikini model. Tempe12 to be exact.

Erin can move over because we’re trading her in on a younger, tanned, blond named Melanie.


Melanie (left) with friends who could also work sidelines.

Ms. Collins currently covers the Penn State beat but we expect after this year of seasoning she’ll be prowling the sidelines of Big Ten stadiums looking for injury updates and driving coaches crazy at halftime.

Suddenly the Big Ten Network is compiling some of the hottest reporters ever seen in the modern era of broadcasting.

Charissa Thompson, Ashley Russell and now Melanie. ESPN cannot even begin to compete with this trio.

We’ll predict Melanie works another 2 years at BTN and then signs a free-agent contract with ESPN. She’ll be working ESPN2 games by 2011.


The future Erin Andrews, left, with another friend.

As Jeremy Shockey