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Friday, December 13, 2002
ABC Sports announces college football talent
ABC Sports, the network of college football and the BCS National Championship game, will field the deepest and most talented lineup of announcers on network television when it kicks off its 37th consecutive season of college football coverage this fall.
Multi-talented Brent Musburger, entering his 13th season as one of the networks' signature voices, is joined by sixth-year analyst and longtime NFL QB Gary Danielson. Jack Arute, a 19-year veteran and one of the top reporters in the industry, will work the sidelines. The trio will call the action as Notre Dame takes on Maryland in the Kickoff Classic, August 31 at 8 p.m. ET.
Brad Nessler, who begins his sixth season as one of network television's most respected play-by-play announcers, will once again team with Pro Football Hall-of-Fame QB Bob Griese, a 16-year veteran and one of the game's most insightful analysts. Hall of Fame WR Lynn Swann, an ABC Sports commentator since 1976, will work the sidelines. They will handle the season premiere of ABC's college football coverage when Texas Tech tackles Ohio State in the Pigskin Classic on Saturday, August 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson will spend his 36th season as the "Voice of College Football" with a familiar partner -- NFL Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, who returns to the college scene following two seasons as an analyst on the ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football." The duo last worked together in 1999. Todd Harris returns for his fourth season roaming the sidelines. This team will premiere in primetime on Labor Day night, Monday, September 2 at 8 p.m. ET, when Auburn invades USC.
The versatile and talented Tim Brant, who has paired with Jackson the past two seasons, will step up to the familiar role of play-by-play. He will team with Ed Cunningham, a former University of Washington offensive lineman who has established himself as one of the industry's top young analysts in just two short seasons with ABC. Samantha Ryan, a sports anchor on ABC's New York affiliate, WABC-TV, and one of the newest members of the network's college football team, will report from the sidelines.
Veteran sportscaster Sean McDonough returns to the ABC College Football booth for the third straight year, and the first alongside former All Pac-10 QB David Norrie.
Terry Gannon, the host of ABC's Figure Skating coverage and a member of the network's college football broadcast team for close to a decade, will work with longtime football analyst Mike Mayock.
Irving Fryar, the fifth-leading receiver in NFL history and a former CNN/SI football commentator, joins ABC Sports to provide color analysis on regional contests. Mike Tirico will team with Fryar on the Illinois-Missouri game on August 31, before returning to his lead role as host of ABC Sports' golf coverage. Derrin Horton, who has called college football and basketball for ESPN, will then work with the former wide receiver, beginning in October.
John Saunders returns to his familiar seat in the ABC Sports college football studio to host all halftime and post-game reports, a position he has held since 1992. Terry Bowden, former Auburn head coach and son of legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, returns for his fourth season as the expert studio analyst.
ABC Sports kicks off its 37th consecutive season of college football coverage on Saturday, August 24, at 2:30 p.m., ET, when Texas Tech faces Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State in the Pigskin Classic. ABC Sports is the broadcast network of the Bowl Championship Series, including the Nokia Sugar Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl Presented by AT&T and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, this year's national championship game.
ABC SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANNOUNCE TEAMS:
Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Jack Arute (sidelines)
Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst) and Lynn Swann (sidelines)
Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Todd Harris (sidelines)
Tim Brant (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Samantha Ryan (sidelines)
Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and David Norrie (analyst)
Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Mike Mayock (analyst)
Mike Tirico (play-by-play) or Derrin Horton (play-by-play) and Irving Fryar (analyst)
ABC SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO:
John Saunders (host) and Terry Bowden (analyst)