Gary Danielson reflects on his time calling 'SEC on CBS' games, addresses social media critics
Gary Danielson has become a household name in SEC circles since 2006 when he joined the “SEC on CBS” broadcast with Verne Lundquist to call the popular 3:3o p.m. ET game.
Danielson is a bit of a polarizing figure for some fans in the SEC as they believe he shows certain biases toward teams and coaches. Since this is the last season for CBS Sports broadcasting SEC games, Danielson spoke on WJOX on the “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning” show to reflect on his time in the “SEC on CBS” booth.
Danielson estimated he’s done around 250 SEC games, and he believes he hasn’t done 5 games that didn’t have national championship consequences.
“College football is a game of opinion, they don’t like you saying bad stuff about their teams,” Danielson said. “I guess that’s No. 1. The emergence of Twitter, I feel bad not for me, I played NFL quarterback, I can handle that. I feel bad for our crew. Our crew is dynamic, from all over the country. Our crew, and cameramen and tape men, and director, the same people that put on the Masters, they’re the top of the line. I hate being the — I’ve got the mic. So I’m the center and I’m the voice of it. A lot of it’s directed at me. We put out a great product, great pride in what we’re covering. We understand what the SEC, college football means to this footprint of the Southeast, it’s a way of life.”
Danielson said he knew what he was signing up for, and never pretended to be an SEC guy.
“It has never bothered me, but it bothers me that my crew doesn’t get as much notoriety, for what I think, of our part of the SEC gaining a bigger stature in college football,” he said. “… I want people to say, ‘I miss CBS.'”
Danielson added that he doesn’t block out Twitter because he wants to be liked. He wants to call a game straight and accept the consequences.
Danielson has seen the league evolve from a down hill attack with physical play, to more of a quarterback league. Now, Greg McElroy asked Danielson if he sees it returning to more of a smashmouth nature.
Danielson said Alabama’s passing attack coincided with getting 6 NFL wide receivers along with Tua Tagovailoa.
“It really effected Jalen Hurts, he was really struggling, struggling in practice, to feed the ball to all those receivers,” Danielson said. “They were getting frustrated, he was getting frustrated, Tua’s flipping the ball around. Everybody’s looking at each other and they kind of just fell in like, ‘We might as well throw it,’ and they threw it great.”
Now, Danielson said Georgia has made the running game central to its championship success, and Danielson believes Alabama’s Nick Saban wants to borrow a page from that approach again.
“You guys were perfectly balanced,” Danielson said to McElroy.
Asked about the Georgia quarterback situation, Danielson to win another national championship, the QB needs to be more clutch than elite.