ABC, ESPN Shake Up College Football Announcers
A new lineup of voices will be heard during a majority of ESPN and ABC college football broadcasts this season.
“Saturday Night Football” on ABC will bring in Kirk Herbstreit as an analyst for all games this season, along with the familiar voices of commentator Brent Musburger and reporter Lisa Salters.
Herbstreit was an analyst for some “Saturday Night Football” games last season, and will continue to work on ESPN’s Saturday morning “College GameDay.”
ESPN’s Thursday night games will feature Doug Flutie and Craig James as analysts, with returning commentator Chris Fowler and reporter Erin Andrews.
A new lineup featuring Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Stacey Dales is coming together for ESPN2’s Saturday primetime series.
Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute, originally in the ESPN2 primetime spot, will move to ABC to call games.
There’s more wholesale movement in the broadcast chairs, as Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone, who previously called ESPN’s Saturday afternoon telecasts, will move to ESPN’s enhanced Friday primetime series.
Replacing ESPN’s afternoon trio are Dave Pasch, Andre Ware and Erin Andrews.
ESPNU is getting a new voice in the form of former Miami Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker, making his TV debut as an analyst working select games.
Also, ESPN analyst Mike Gottfried will work ESPNU primetime telecasts with Dave Armstrong.
But there will be some familiar voices as well.
Brad Nessler, analysts Bob Griese and Paul Maguire and reporter Bonnie Bernstein return for the top ABC Saturday broadcast.
ESPN’s Saturday primetime game will see Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe return to the booth for a second year.
Dan Fouts will call play-by-play for the second straight year on ABC with analyst Tim Brant and reporter Todd Harris.
And ESPNU will continue its Thursday night games featuring historically black colleges and universities with Charlie Neal and analyst Jay Walker calling the action for a third consecutive year.