ESPN's college football coverage could undergo a major talent shakeup for next season.
Namely, play-by-play broadcaster Brent Musburger could move from Saturday Night Football to the lead college football announcer for ESPN's upcoming SEC Network. The current contract for Musburger, 74, will end later this year, according to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. In any case, Deitsch indicates that Musburger's future with Saturday Night Football is coming to a close:
As first reported by James Andrew Miller, Musburger has been offered the job of lead college football announcer for the upcoming SEC Network, which debuts at the end of August. It is unclear whether Musburger will take that offer, as some sources I spoke with noted he is unhappy with how the process is shaking out. What seems clear is that Musburger is being pulled from the lead announcer spot for ABC's Saturday Night Football, which is ESPN's top game each week.
ESPN has a number of directions it can go from there. When it comes to college football coverage, there's no shortage of talent for the World Wide Leader.
Not everything is so cut-and-dry, however; moving one broadcaster could result in a domino effect of talent moving around. With that said, here are some potential replacements for Musburger if/when a change comes to fruition.