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Fowler to team with Herbstreit, remain on GameDay

Chris Fowler

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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10 Responses to “Fowler to team with Herbstreit, remain on GameDay”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2014 10:28 AM

    Who’s gonna cover the US Open…. McEnroe? Oh.. the humanity!!

  2. friarjack61 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:52 AM

    Great news ! I look forward to his presence on both GameDay, and his Saturday nights, standing in the booth with Mr. Herbstreit. Like many, Saturday mornings is time for learning about college football, with the best team, ever given the public to hear……the GameDay boys !

  3. thefiesty1 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:07 PM

    Congrats Chris. You and Herbie make a great team.

  4. mogogo1 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:47 PM

    Love Fowler. I like him no matter what he’s covering.

  5. scoops1 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:01 PM

    College GameDay is the only thing ESPN does right

  6. irishdodger says: Mar 13, 2014 1:31 PM

    Finally a decision that all CFB fans can get behind. Fowler & Rece Davis are two of the rare ESPN personalities that people respect…opinionwise.

  7. bat42boy says: Mar 13, 2014 2:45 PM

    One of the few things ESPN has gotten right in the past few years. That will be one the best announcing crew in college football. Glad to see he is staying at college game day.

  8. huskerzfan says: Mar 13, 2014 3:41 PM

    Fowler stays with Gameday and will now team with Herstreit on ABC, while mushmouth moves on to the SEC Network?

    Christmas has come 9 months early.

  9. gorilladunk says: Mar 13, 2014 5:12 PM

    From Scholastic Sports America to Sat. night in prime time. Fowler has earned his keep and deserves this opportunity (although I’m a member of the “Big Game” Brent fan club). Hope he hangs around long enough to become the legends that Schenkel, Jackson and Musberger are.

  10. suprmous says: Mar 13, 2014 7:04 PM

    Oh geesh, somebody please start a petition to rid us of Mushmouth doin SEC. I’ll be more than willin to sign it. I still say bring Keith Jackson outa retirement.

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