Yesterday, news came out that Brent Musburger was being reassigned from ESPN on ABC’s coverage of Saturday Night Football to the soon-to-be-launched SEC Network. Today, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports that ESPN filled the broadcast legend’s role with a very familiar face to college football fans Chris Fowler, of College Gameday fame.
ESPN officially named Fowler as Musburger’s play-by-play replacement for ABC’s Saturday Night Football package on Thursday. Fowler will work with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox for that assignment, as well as for the new College Football Playoff including the national championship game. As important to college football fans, Fowler will continue to host College GameDay, a position he has held since 1990. The 51-year-old will also remain a commentator on ESPN’s tennis coverage, which includes the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
Calling football games in the booth isn’t new to Fowler. You might remember that Fowler used to call ESPN’s Thursday Night Football games, before Rece Davis was appointed as the play-by-play man in 2010. (USC is 1-1 with Fowler call the game, if you’re keeping score at home.)
Other candidates for the job included the aforementioned Davis, who was reported jockeying with Fowler for the gig. Brad Nessler was also a viable option, and will remain on one of ESPN’s top broadcast teams for college football.
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