Steve Davis made a name for himself as a college football analyst, sideline reporter

Davis worked for 18 years as network broadcaster
by Mel Bracht Published: March 18, 2013

After serving as a sideline reporter for ABC's No. 1 game in 1981, he jumped to CBS in 1982, working as an analyst on Big Eight, Southwest Conference and SEC games.

“I never got comfortable on the sidelines,” Davis told The Oklahoman in 1982. “It's the worst seat in the stadium. The problem is when you get a story down there, it needs to be presented immediately. You're at the mercy of the producers.”

In 1982, Davis also began a stint as host of “The Barry Switzer Show.”

Family and business obligations forced Davis to retire from sportscasting, although he made a return in 1996 as a midseason replacement for Eric Dickerson on FSN's Big 12 telecasts.

“I was having the time of my life watching my son play,” Davis said of Bo Davis, then a Jenks High School quarterback.

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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