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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The ESPN/ABC College Football Sportscaster Lineup

You know we are beginning to get dangerously close to the college football season when it's time to scout out one of the most important aspects of watching a game. ESPN/ABC released their fall broadcast lineup, which did come with a few surprises.

For starters, I was not particularly happy when Bonnie Bernstein recently announced on her website that she will be leaving her sideline duties to focus on more studio work and in-depth reporting, which includes NFL Live, Outside the Lines, Jim Rome is Burning, College Football Live, and First Take. On the other hand, I was very extremely happy to see that Paul Maguire is taking a reduced role this season. However, Maguire will work "the occasional game and do some studio shows and radio," according to ESPN.

Also being shuffled around is Craig James, who will move from the ABC booth to one of the ABC Saturday afternoon games along with keeping his ESPN Thursday primetime games. Perhaps the biggest surprise came when ABC announced that Sean McDonough - my personal favorite - will be working with Matt Millen (fresh from his Detroit Lions gig) for ABC's main Saturday afternoon game. Solid.

Not going anywhere is Lou Holtz. Expect more brilliant things such as 'he had shoulder surgery on his elbow (video here)' this fall from the studio and from the booth.

For the studio teams, click here.

Game Telecast Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
  • Saturday Night Football (on ABC): Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Lisa Salters
  • ESPN College Football Primetime (Saturday): Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Erin Andrews
  • ESPN2 College Football Primetime (Saturday): Mark Jones, Bob Davie
  • ESPNU SEC Saturday Primetime: Eric Collins, Brock Huard
  • ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursday): Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, and Erin Andrews
  • ABC Saturday Afternoon: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, and Holly Rowe
  • ABC Saturday Afternoon: Mike Patrick, Craig James, and Heather Cox
  • ABC or ESPN2 Saturday Afternoon: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham
  • ESPN College Football (Saturday afternoons): Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, and Chris Spielman
  • ESPN2 College Football (Saturday afternoon): Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
  • ESPNU Saturday Noon: Clay Matvick, David Diaz-Infante
  • ESPNU Saturday Afternoon: Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
  • ESPNU Late Saturday: Carter Blackburn, TBD
  • ESPN and ESPN2 Fridays and select ABC Saturdays: Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
  • ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 Saturdays and select Fridays: Terry Gannon, David Norrie
  • ESPN and ESPN2 Midweek Games: Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, and Rob Stone
  • ESPNU Thursday: Charlie Neal, Jay Walker
  • ESPN Radio games:; Bill Rosinski, Dennis Franchione, and Joe Schad
  • SEC Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games): Dave Neal, Andre Ware, and Cara Capuano
  • BIG EAST Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games): Mike Gleason, John Congemi, and Quint Kessinich
  • ESPN Region al Television MAC Syndication: Michael Reghi, Doug Chapman
On a semi-related note, Alex Flanagan will still be doing her part in trying to resurrect Notre Dame's dismal NBC ratings on Saturday afternoons. High five, NBC.