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Sports media notebook: Kevin Frazier, Marcus Allen hired for Fox studio show

by Mel Bracht Published: September 1, 2011

Kevin Frazier, co-anchor of the “The Insider,” and Marcus Allen, a former NFL star running back and Heisman Trophy winner from USC, have been hired as Fox College Football's studio team, handling pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.

The duo will anchor more than 60 college football games airing nationally on FX and Fox Sports Networks. They will make their debut at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Miami (Ohio) at Missouri game on FSN, and also will work the Tulsa-OU game at 7 p.m. Saturday on FX.

Frazier is no stranger to Fox Sports. He has hosted several sports shows for the network, including the “National Sports Report.”

Johnson, Davis to make debut as Fox's No. 1 team

Former CBS announcer Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will make their debut as Fox College Football's No. 1 broadcast team, calling the Tulsa at OU game at 7 p.m. Saturday on FX. Former Minnesota coach Tim Brewster will serve as a sideline analyst.

In a conference call Thursday, Davis said the Sooners are a team “searching for an identity.”

“We know Oklahoma is usually going to be great, but when Bob Stoops spends his offseason telling the Oklahoma faithful it's time to win another championship, tells you there's a little bit of urgency on the line,” Davis said. “For me, it's both lines. We know they are going to put the points up. The bottom line is the defensive line gave up a lot in the run game last year. That's not normal for Oklahoma. The offensive line felt like they couldn't run the football as well last year, 3.3 yards per carry. ... If they can move people and if they can stop people on the ground, then we probably have a chance to have an Oklahoma team that is really in the title mix.”

OSU telecast is difficult to find

The Oklahoma State-Louisiana Lafayette game at 6 p.m. Saturday will air on Fox Sports College Central to a limited national audience. The game will air on DirecTV (channel 617) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 648), but it will not be carried by Cox Communications or Dish.

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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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