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Mack Brown and Butch Davis land jobs as ESPN studio analysts

ESPN announcers college football broadcaster assignments for fall
by Mel Bracht Published: July 31, 2014

Former college football coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis have joined ESPN as studio analysts, according to the network’s roster of more than 100 on-air hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters released Thursday. The list includes the new SEC Network, which is being operated by ESPN.

Brown, a former Texas coach, will work on ABC with host John Saunders and analyst Danny Kanell, who will continue to work a Friday night game, while Davis, a former Miami and North Carolina coach, will be on ESPN2 with host Adnan Virk and analyst Robert Smith.

Chris Fowler, who called ESPN’s Thursday night college football series from 2006 to 2009, will join returning analyst Kirk Herbstreit and reporter Heather Cox on the weekly “Saturday Night Football” series on ABC. He will continue to host “College GameDay” with analysts Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski.

Veteran broadcaster Brent Musburger, analyst Jesse Palmer and reporter Maria Taylor will be the lead team for SEC Network telecasts. Palmer will also continue to work on ESPN’s Thursday night series with Rece Davis, Pollack and Ponder.

Todd McShay, a college football and NFL Draft analyst, will join Sean McDonough and analyst Chris Spielman as a sideline analyst on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Saturday game telecasts.

Joe Tessitore, who will host the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” from an SEC campus 9-11 a.m. every Saturday, will return to call a weekly night game on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC with analyst Brock Huard and reporter Shannon Spake. He will work “SEC Nation” with Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum and Kaylee Hartung.

Two new teams for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC telecasts include Mark Jones, analyst Rod Gilmore and reporter Jessica Mendoza, and Bob Wischusen, analyst Matt Millen and reporter Quint Kessenich.

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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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