When it was announced Wednesday that Brent Musburger would be stepping down as part of ESPN’s top college football announce team and into a similar role with the fledgling SEC Network, it was feared that Chris Fowler would assume Musburger’s role and, as a result, leave the College GameDay set he’d orchestrated like a maestro for nearly a quarter of a century.
Fortunately for college football fans everywhere, only half of that was correct.
ESPN announced Thursday that Fowler has reached an agreement on a new nine-year contract that will keep him at the WWL through 2023. Fowler will indeed move into the broadcast booth alongside Herbstreit for Saturday night college football games on ABC, but, more importantly, he will continue on as the host of GameDay.
In addition to his GameDay duties and Saturday night booth work, Fowler will also be on the call for one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games as well as the CFP championship game.
“I am very excited about hosting GameDay for a 25th year and extending my work with Kirk Herbstreit for a 19th season and beyond,” said Fowler in a statement. “There is a strong legacy of top college football voices on ABC, from Chris Schenkel to Keith Jackson to Brent Musburger. I’m looking forward to returning to the booth and being a part of that incredible tradition.”
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