Paul Finebaum joining ESPN

Paul Finebaum, who's been a fixture covering the SEC for the last three decades, is coming to ESPN and the SEC Network.

ESPN announced Thursday that Finebaum will host a daily radio show from Charlotte, N.C., starting in August. He will also make appearances on other platforms for the network. The SEC Network, scheduled to launch in August 2014, will simulcast Finebaum's afternoon show.

Finebaum had previously been based in Birmingham, Ala., and his show provided a lively debate between Alabama and Auburn fans on a daily basis. Several of the callers on his show reached reached legendary status in that state.

"I remember something the late Steve Jobs said: 'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.' In other words, dare to be different," Finebaum said in a statement. "That's what ESPN and the SEC Network are about. You have the extraordinary coalescence of the premier brand in sports combined with the preeminent conference in intercollegiate athletics."

Finebaum spoke with colleague Ivan Maisel in this ESPNU College Football podcast.