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Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer tapped for SEC Network telecasts

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You are looking live… at the football tandem that will guide the fledgling SEC Network into its maiden broadcast season.

With the launch of the new network just a few months down the road — with all major carriers onboard or not — it was announced Wednesday morning that living broadcast legend Brent Musburger and (insert adjectives here) Jesse Palmer “have each reached an agreement with ESPN to be the lead college football game commentators” on the network devoted to all things SEC.  The first official assignment for the pair will be the Aug. 28 Texas A&M-South Carolina opener, the first-ever football game broadcast on the new network.

From the release:

“Brent Musburger is a cultural icon who has been guiding fans through many of sport’s most spectacular moments for decades,” said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production. “His big-game performance and unmistakable style will elevate our football coverage on the SEC Network. Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for this major network launch represents an exciting new chapter in his legendary career and reinforces our commitment and investment in the SEC Network.”

Wildhack continued, “Jesse Palmer has quickly established himself as one of college football’s most insightful, entertaining and dedicated analysts. As a former SEC quarterback, he brings the perfect combination of playing experience and deep conference knowledge to the SEC Network. Partnering him with Brent on this new national platform will create a memorable booth for college football fans everywhere.”

The hiring of the 74-year-old Musburger by the SEC Network — the broadcaster signed a multi-year contract extension with the WWL amid speculation that he could be headed to another broadcast network as his old deal was set to expire  — also means that his longtime pairing with Kirk Herbstreit on high-profile college football games has come to an end.  ESPN has made no announcement as to who will replace Musburger as Herbstreit’s play-by-play partner, although that’s expected to happen at some point in the next month or two.

(Photo credit: SEC Network)

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31 Responses to “Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer tapped for SEC Network telecasts”
  1. jimw81 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:27 AM

    basically espn demote Musburger and we will have to put up with fower on saturday nights?

  2. thraiderskin says: Mar 12, 2014 11:30 AM

    Yikes… I personally can’t stand either, but I’m not an SEC guy and I won’t have to watch them, just thought they were interesting picks.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 12, 2014 11:32 AM

    There are a lot of hot women in the SEC….

    Musberger might be in trouble…

  4. kastout11 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:45 AM

    Brent is the best in the business. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these guys. I didn’t like Palmer as a player, but he seems to do a pretty good job of breaking down the games, when I have seen him. There was no way they were going to lure Herbsteit from ABC/ESPN, even though the SEC is superior to all the other conferences combines. By the way, I am not an SEC fan, but superior conference in college football.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:57 AM

    Watch out ladies of SEC schools, Musberger has dusted off the Brylcreem and Old Spice and is coming to town………

  6. jkulha86 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:59 AM

    As long as this keeps Palmer from commentating the Thursday night games I’ll be happy. It would be even better if he took Pollock with him.

  7. dryzzt23 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:43 PM

    This makes perfect sense since Brent has been hyping the SEC for 20 years and ALWAYS gives an SEC-biased game call if he can get away with it.

  8. floridacock says: Mar 12, 2014 12:48 PM


  9. houndofthebaskervols says: Mar 12, 2014 1:03 PM

    I hate Brent Musberger. That is all.

  10. Deb says: Mar 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    Not wild about Musburger, but will take anyone over Gary and Verne. Anyone.

  11. wabbitslayer says: Mar 12, 2014 3:11 PM


    It should be OK, just as long as make sure your GF doesn’t come to any of the games.


  12. thefiesty1 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    Finally get him off of the ABC/ESPN games with Herbie. Who is going to join him in the booth.

  13. auburntigers34 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:13 PM

    Musburger’s terrible. Jesse Palmer’s even worse. At least they didn’t give it to Lou Holtz.

  14. suprmous says: Mar 12, 2014 3:50 PM

    Oh Lawd, what could be worse would be Musburger and Vernie. God, that’s a scary thought. Even with these 2 clowns I’m rattled. Why doesn’t Keith Jackson come out of retirement?

  15. scoops1 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:25 PM

    bring back Keith Jackson

  16. jimmybrock says: Mar 12, 2014 5:07 PM

    Chris Fowler will replace Musberger

  17. musketmaniac says: Mar 12, 2014 5:09 PM

    jimbo I bet he’s a dapper dan man

  18. guinsrule says: Mar 12, 2014 5:13 PM

    Brent Musburger must not realize Kat Webb won’t be at Bama games anymore.

  19. stairwayto7 says: Mar 12, 2014 5:17 PM

    I hope they do the Kentucky- Vandy game!

  20. suprdok says: Mar 12, 2014 5:50 PM

    Horrible! Brent needs to retire! And Jesse is just awful! Disappointed !

  21. normtide says: Mar 12, 2014 5:56 PM

    I’m just happy Pollack was not picked.

  22. clemsonmatt says: Mar 12, 2014 6:24 PM

    As an ACC guy……HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sweet!

  23. indi0228 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:12 PM

    Will they get paid as much as an sec superstar?

  24. drummerhoff says: Mar 12, 2014 9:38 PM

    Mike Patrick with Ron Franklin were the good old days

  25. suprmous says: Mar 12, 2014 9:52 PM

    scoops1, I can’t help but to laugh and agree with ya. Can hear those woah nellies now.

  26. duklover says: Mar 13, 2014 1:34 AM

    Brent, the master of the over statement!

  27. florida727 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:16 PM

    As an SEC fan, I’m disappointed. My wife will be happy though since the TV will be muted for the telecasts. Oh well.

  28. dhardy8207 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:31 PM

    Not my choice of picks but I’ll second that anyone and I mean ANYONE is better than Pollack except Lou Holtz, he is in bad need of a new pair of dentures. Every time Mark May aggitates him I’m afraid their just going to jump right out of his mouth…

  29. dmcgrann says: Mar 13, 2014 11:56 PM

    Deb, you don’t care for Verne and Gary? Not even when they both get tickled over some inside joke and Verne starts to chuckle in the same way you’d envision Dick Cheney chuckle?

    “Arr-har, har, har, nachos, har, har.”

    dhardy, I don’t thikth thath Lou Holtzth denturth. He soundths the same way he did when he wasth coachth at William and Maryth.

  30. dhardy8207 says: Mar 14, 2014 8:47 AM

    ^^^ Well if those are dentures he has a real lazy tongue issue…. :-)

  31. gwood1203 says: Apr 8, 2014 3:22 PM

    Brent Musburger is the most biased, unprofessional sports commentator of all time! This is in addition to him being a 70+ year old pervert who couldn’t help but ‘expose’ himself during last year’s FCS National Championship Game (remember his embarrassing diatribe of Katherine Webb, GF of AL QB). Regardless, I will never again watch a game that BM is commentating!

    I’m guessing Jerry Sandusky was unavailable to cover your games?…

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