Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer were named as the SEC Network’s lead announcers when it launches this August, according to ESPN.
Musburger was calling the national game of the week with Kirk Herbstreit, but he has a new role this fall with the SEC Network. Most believe that will open the door for Chris Fowler and Herbstreit to tag team the game of the week, as Fowler has reportedly wanted the gig.
ESPN’s release called Musburger a ‘cultural icon’ with ‘big-game performance and unmistakable style’, and he’s expected to elevate the network’s football coverage.
“I’m delighted to be staying with ESPN, thrilled to be able to call the best football conference in the nation every week and am really looking forward to working with Jesse, who I covered while he was at Florida,” said Musburger. “Jesse has tremendous football knowledge, knows this league very well and does his homework. He has a tremendous future in this business.”
Palmer, the former Florida quarterback, has been a staple in Thursday night action with Rece Davis and David Pollack. The release says Palmer will continue to call ESPN’s Thursday night football games.
Tim Tebow will also be an analyst on the network’s weekly show “SEC Nation”. Paul Finebaum and Joe Tessitore have also been announced as broadcasters of the network.
The new SEC Network will kick off in August, and Musburger and Palmer will announce the network’s first game between Texas A&M and South Carolina.