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ABC, announcer Brent Musburger back for more

by Mel Bracht Modified: December 5, 2008 at 6:48 am •  Published: December 5, 2008
Considered by some to be the "voice of college football,” Brent Musburger will broadcast his seventh Big 12 football game this season when he calls the conference championship at 7 p.m. Saturday on ABC. He will work with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Lisa Salters. Musburger also will be calling his fourth OU game.

Musburger, 69, has covered all the major sports events in his 35-year network career. Musburger, who attended Northwestern University, joined CBS in 1973 and gained notoriety as the host of "The NFL Today.” After being dropped by CBS in 1990, he was hired by ABC.

In a telephone conversation this week, he discussed the season.

Have you enjoyed covering the Big 12 this season?

"It’s been a great year for the conference, so that part of it has been terrific. They have carried us with great games and great ratings. There is nothing not to like about the Big 12 this year. It’s been special.”

CBS announcers Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist have criticized the Big 12 for a lack of defense. In a conference call this week, Danielson said: "I’ve got to say the stats in the Big 12 are like pesos to me, they’re just not worth much. Everybody has stats there.” Is their criticism fair?

I have a lot of respect for Gary and Verne, and they are certainly entitled to their opinion, but they have an agenda. They have to sell the SEC. I have seen more SEC teams in person than they have seen Big 12 teams in person, and I suspect the only way to answer this is to wait about five years and see how many defensive players from Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and the rest of the Big 12 wind up playing in the NFL as opposed to the defensive players from Florida, LSU, Alabama and so on ... I think people have to be careful before they start comparing apples and oranges. I have an unbelievable admiration for the SEC, and I in no way would state that they are playing bad offense because there are only a couple of quarterbacks in that league who are going to go on and play in the NFL.

I noticed on ABC’s Bedlam telecast you proposed that the Big 12 use point differential in conference play to break three-way ties for the division championship.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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