We've known a few of ESPN's plans for CFB this season since they announced previously that Chris Fowler would move into the Saturday Night Football Booth and Brent Musburger would work on SEC Network. What we didn't know is whom the other broadcast teams would be and which teams would have sideline reporters. All that info was released yesterday.
For the first time in recent memory, ESPN isn't assigning any of their ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2 broadcasters to a specific network. Instead any of the announce teams can appear in any timeslot on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, with a few exceptions. It should also be noted that Longhorn Networks broadcast team will be pulled from one of these teams.
Cara Capuano is moving from SECtv to ESPNU, and ESPNews will have 2 full-time regular broadcast teams. Another change is that ESPN has designated one team specifically for Tuesday or Wednesday night MACtion, and Carter Blackburn is not listed on the ESPN Roster this season. Instead Dave Flemming will become the voice of Friday Night Football.
Compared to last season, there is more than an 80% broadcast team change this year. Here's the assignments that have been announced.
*Tuesday/Wednesday: Dave Lamont & Desmond Howard
*Thursday: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, & Samantha Ponder
*Friday: Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell, & Allison Williams
*Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbsterit, & Heather Cox- Saturday Night Football
*Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, & Holly Rowe- ESPN Primetime
*Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard, & Shannon Spake- ESPN or ESPN2 Primetime
*Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, & Jessica Mendoza
*Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, & Todd McShay
*Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, & Tom Luginbill
*Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, & Paul Carcaterra
*Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, & Jeannine Edwards
*Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen, & Quint Kessenich
*Mark Neely & Joe Davis (Thursday)
*Mark Neely & Mike Bellotti (Friday)
*Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer, & Cara Capuano
*Adam Amin & John Congemi
*Clay Matvick & Anthoyn Becht
*Eamon McAnaney & Dan Hawkins
*Mike Couzens & Rene Ingoglia
*Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, & Maria Taylor
*Dave Neal, Andre Ware, & Laura Rutledge
*Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb, & Heather Mitts
*Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, & Joe Schad
Additional teams can be used throughout the season based on the number of games being broadcast, such as when they have a game on both Tuesday & Wednesday. For additional details regarding the studio teams, please feel free to read the full article posted at ESPN Media Zone.