Remote Patrol: FOX team left a lot to be desired calling BCS National Championship

by Mel Bracht Modified: January 9, 2009 at 12:17 am •  Published: January 9, 2009
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Fox Sports' third and final telecast of a BCS national championship game came up lacking. The network covers only five college football games a season, and it clearly showed Thursday night.

Give me ABC's Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit any day over Fox Sports team of Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis. It likely will be Musburger and Herbstreit who will call the 2010 national championship game from the Rose Bowl for ABC. The BCS television rights then move to ESPN in 2011.

Brennaman, a veteran announcer who also broadcasts Big Ten network games, had a sloppy night with numerous mistakes. He clearly had trouble following the action on the field.

Among his blunders:

* Failing to name Nic Harris as the defender who came up with the Sooners' first interception of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

* Losing a down when the Sooners were stopped on the goal line in the second quarter. He mistakingly thought it was fourth-and-goal when it was third down, and Davis failed to correct him.

* Referring to OU running back Chris Brown as Allen Patrick on a long run by Brown.

* Failing to realize Florida's Ahmad Black had come up with an interception.

Brennaman and his Fox cohorts went overboard in gushing about how great a man Tebow is off the field.


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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