The network announced on Wednesday that Musburger will no longer be calling ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” package or the national championship game. Instead, Musburger will team with Jesse Palmer as the lead announcers for the new SEC Network, which launches in August.
Musburger’s first assignment will be calling the Texas A&M-South Carolina game on Aug. 28.
Musburger is turning 75 in May, so he told SI’s Richard Deitsch that he understands why he’s being reassigned. He appreciates that he has a three-year deal at his age.
Though Brent will be working the SEC for college football, he says he will stick with calling the Big 12 for college basketball because he is so familiar with it.
Since Musburger, who received some heat for the whole Katherine Webb thing last year, is no longer doing the national championship game, you’re probably wondering who will replace him. ABC/ESPN has not announced it yet, but Musburger told Deitsch it will either be Chris Fowler or Rece Davis replacing him.
This is a sad day. Musburger is definitely getting up there, but I still loved hearing him on big college football games and will miss not having him broadcast the national championship game.