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Changes appear coming to ESPN’s college football coverage

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Could the final BCS Championship also been the final game Brent Musburger calls for ESPN?

Nothing is certain yet, but SI media columnist Richard Deitsch offered this Sunday night:

As first reported by James Andrew Miller, Musburger has been offered the job of lead college football announcer for the upcoming SEC Network, which debuts at the end of August. It is unclear whether Musburger will take that offer, as some sources I spoke with noted he is unhappy with how the process is shaking out. What seems clear is that Musburger is being pulled from the lead announcer spot for ABC’s Saturday Night Football, which is ESPN’s top game each week. (Musburger, via ESPN PR, turned down an interview request from “He isn’t doing any interviews on the subject,” said an ESPN spokesperson.)

Deitsch offered up two possible replacements for Musberger for those primetime games: Chris Fowler and Rece Davis. If it’s Fowler, that could lead to a change for College GameDay (with Davis likely taking over as host). If it’s Davis, that could mean Joe Tessitore gets moved to Thursday night broadcasts, which means we could very well have #MACTion and the Tessitore Effect on back-to-back nights.

There’s a lot more good info on ESPN’s college football broadcast plans in Deitsch’s column — but one thing does appear certain: Change is coming to how you watch college football this coming season.

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27 Responses to “Changes appear coming to ESPN’s college football coverage”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 20, 2014 12:56 PM

    Lot of hotties in the SEC for Musberger to oogle over…. but can’t help but think that’s a demotion for him.

  2. dacatindahat says: Jan 20, 2014 1:01 PM

    hope this doesn’t happen, I think Musberger and Herbie are the best, always look forward to seeing those two…

  3. big64d says: Jan 20, 2014 1:13 PM

    Musberger has to chase the money since he pays his Ex wife 75% of everything he makes for the next 20 years.

  4. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 20, 2014 1:20 PM

    Musburger is awful. ESPN should have moved on years ago.

  5. jagtiger says: Jan 20, 2014 1:25 PM

    I agree, Mr Musberger is the worse announcer on TV. He clearly never has a clue as to the action on the field. Put him out to pasture, the sooner, the better.

  6. scoops1 says: Jan 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    College gameday is the only show that ESPN has going for em….

  7. drummerhoff says: Jan 20, 2014 1:43 PM

    Another change to look for … A lot of noon eastern ACC games.

  8. suprmous says: Jan 20, 2014 2:39 PM

    jagtiger, tho the other 2 are on another network undoubtedly you haven’t heard Vernie and Gary Danielson call a game. Brent Musberger has a voice of silk compared to those 2 yahoos. Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer Keith Jackson but Brent Musberger does a hellva better job than Vernie and Danielson.

  9. tigersfandan says: Jan 20, 2014 2:40 PM

    jagtiger says: Jan 20, 2014 1:25 PM

    I agree, Mr Musberger is the worse announcer on TV. He clearly never has a clue as to the action on the field. Put him out to pasture, the sooner, the better.

    If you believe everything you read, every broadcaster is the worst broadcaster of all time and has no clue what he or she is doing.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Jan 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Get rid of him. He is a bias reporter and always a homer. When one team gets a lead, he jumps on the band wagon and the other team doesn’t have a chance. Herbie is fine but get rid of Mushberger.

  11. Deb says: Jan 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    Oh, if only CBS would do something with Gary and Verne! (Does the network still own Gilligan’s Island? Perhaps they could abandon them there.)

  12. Kenny Bowyer says: Jan 20, 2014 3:57 PM

    I thought ESPN was already the SEC network. haha

  13. chmba says: Jan 20, 2014 4:55 PM

    They need to get rid of Musburger period!! He is awful! Herbie might be better with a coherent sober play by play guy. Have enjoyed SEC on CBS…hope ESPN doesn’t turn this into a disaster!

  14. vols84 says: Jan 20, 2014 6:41 PM

    I have to wonder how CBS executives evaluate Ace and Gary. How those two are still on covering the best conference blows my mind. Ace can’t get a single name right unless it’s Tebow.

  15. General37 says: Jan 20, 2014 7:47 PM

    Danielson is one of the best analysts of any sport , Verne

  16. jarzmel says: Jan 20, 2014 7:48 PM

    You mean to tell me that there actually IS a difference between ESPN and this SEC network ?

  17. highlndr41 says: Jan 20, 2014 8:18 PM

    Musburger is a terrible announcer and his bias towards certain teans maddening. He wont be missed

  18. gradyspop says: Jan 20, 2014 8:52 PM

    He must have seen this move coming. His nose was buried so far up the SEC’s back side during the championship game that he knew what flavor gatorade each player was drinking.

  19. newerger says: Jan 20, 2014 8:57 PM


  20. eagles512 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:30 PM

    I actually like Brent. Makes it feel likes big game. And Verne is slipping but I still like him too.

  21. waynefontes says: Jan 21, 2014 3:15 AM

    Just as long as I don’t have to listen to any more Matt Millen.

    I hope they keep Fowler on Game Day. That show is great the way it is, and Rece Davis would be a definite downgrade.

  22. geodude11 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:43 AM

    Please get Musberger off the air, let him do PAC 10 games he always pulls and supports their side in games anyway. USE Verne L. on the SEC broadcasts!

  23. imaduffer says: Jan 21, 2014 10:57 AM

    Do you have to have aluminum foil attached to your rabbit ears to get the SEC Network?

  24. ceraser45 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:18 AM

    All you guys are stupid. Every announcer is the worst apparently….

  25. jkulha86 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:48 AM

    Please no more Pollock and Palmer! Tired of having to mute my tv on Thursday night games.

  26. osidebrownsfan says: Jan 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    I don’t mind most announcers and Pollock and Palmer are not nearly favorites of mine but, the worst is Chris Spielman. I get so annoyed at his “too soft” voice. And I refuse to watch a game with the volume up when Beth Mowins is calling a it, even my Buckeyes.

  27. beedubyatoo says: Jan 25, 2014 11:33 AM

    How could any of you rate anyone the worst college football announcers when clearly Gus Johnson and his partner Charles Davis on Fox have won and retired the “Worst Announcing Duo Ever” trophy.

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