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Multiple New Roles Highlight ESPN 2012 College Football Commentator Assignments

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ESPN’s 2012 college football telecasts will be highlighted by commentators working in new roles and the addition of former Ohio State standout receiver Joey Galloway. In addition, Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will return for their seventh season together on the ABC Saturday Night Football series while Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will continue to work the Saturday ESPN College Football Primetime telecast.

New assignments include:

  • Three new commentator teams will call ABC Saturday afternoon broadcasts:
    • Chris Spielman, an analyst on ESPN’s Saturday noon telecast, will pair up with Sean McDonough and reporter Quint Kessenich this season. Spielman and McDonough previously worked together on Saturday and Friday games from 2006-08.
    • Ed Cunningham, a Saturday afternoon game analyst for four years before taking on ESPN2’s Saturday night game last year, will work with Mike Patrick and reporter Jeannine Edwards.
    • Danny Kanell will move from an ESPNU night game to work with announcer Bob Wischusen, who returns to the ABC Saturday afternoon game, and new reporter Maria Taylor.

    [*]ESPN’s Thursday and Friday night games will also have familiar faces in new roles:

    • Analyst David Pollack and reporter Samantha Steele will join returning announcer Rece Davis and analyst Jesse Palmer on ESPN’s Thursday night game.
    • Carter Blackburn will move from Saturday games to call the weekly Friday series with returning analyst Rod Gilmore and new sideline reporter Jemele Hill. Hill has been an ESPN.com national columnist where she has also appeared on ESPN television programs since 2006.

    [*]Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen will serve as the announcers for a new package of additional Saturday night games, primarily on ESPN. Shannon Spake or Shelley Smith will report from the sidelines. Tessitore previously worked Friday night games with Rod Gilmore while Matt Millen was the analyst on Saturday afternoon ABC games with Sean McDonough.

    [*]Each of the ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday noon telecasts will include new pairings:

    • Brian Griese and reporter Jenn Brown will join returning commentator Dave Pasch on ESPN’s noon game. Last year, Griese was the analyst on the ESPNU Saturday night telecast and Brown was the reporter on the Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime series.
    • New analyst Joey Galloway, a former Ohio State and NFL veteran wide receiver, will call ESPN2’s weekly noon series with returning commentator Beth Mowins.
    • The new announce team of Tom Hart and analyst John Congemi will work the ESPNU noon telecast. Congemi previously called ESPN Regional Television’s BIG EAST Network games and Hart is new to ESPN.

    [*]ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday night telecasts will include analysts in new roles:

    • Brock Huard, who worked select ESPN and ABC Saturday games last season, will pair up with Mark Jones on a weekly ESPN2 prime-time game.
    • Matt Stinchcomb, an ESPNU studio analyst last year, will move to the ESPNU prime-time game with Clay Matvick and reporter Allison Williams.

ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Regional Television Game Announcer Pairings

Note: Additional commentators will contribute throughout the season.

Game Telecast Play-by-play Analyst Reporter Saturday Night Football (on ABC) Brent Musburger Kirk Herbstreit TBA ESPN College Football Primetime (Saturday) Brad Nessler Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe ESPN Saturday Prime Time Joe Tessitore Matt Millen Jessica Mendoza, Shelley Smith or Shannon Spake ESPN2 College Football Primetime (Saturday) Mark Jones Brock Huard Jessica Mendoza or Shelley Smith ESPNU Saturday Prime Time Clay Matvick Matt Stinchcomb Allison Williams ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursday) Rece Davis Jesse Palmer and David Pollack Samantha Steele ESPN and ESPN2 Friday Carter Blackburn Rod Gilmore Jemele Hill ABC Saturday Afternoon Sean McDonough Chris Spielman Quint Kessenich ABC Saturday Afternoon Mike Patrick Ed Cunningham Jeannine Edwards ABC Saturday Afternoon Bob Wischusen Danny Kanell Maria Taylor ESPN College Football (Saturday afternoon) Dave Pasch Brian Griese Jenn Brown ESPN2 College Football (Saturday afternoon) Beth Mowins Joey Galloway ESPNU Saturday Afternoon Tom Hart John Congemi ESPNU Saturday Afternoon Anish Shrof Dan Hawkins ESPNU Thursday (HBCU) Joe Davis Jay Walker ESPNU Late Saturday (HBCU) Joe Davis Jay Walker ESPN Radio Bill Rosinski David Norrie Joe Schad SEC Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games) Dave Neal Andre Ware Cara Capuano BIG EAST Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games) Eamon McAnaney David Diaz-Infante

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Thank goodness we don't have a Thursday night game.

Amen to that!! :thumbsup:

I can't stand Palmer....I can mute the TV and listen to Rod and Stan, but there is nothing I could do to remove his ugly face from the TV if we had a game he was calling...

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Thank goodness we don't have a Thursday night game.

Amen to that!! :thumbsup:

I can't stand Palmer....I can mute the TV and listen to Rod and Stan, but there is nothing I could do to remove his ugly face from the TV if we had a game he was calling...

I was thinking of building a set top device like Apple TV or something that would use facial

recognition (you set the target or pick the target and assign it as active) to allow you to overlap another face, say Stan's or Stewie's whatever works, what do you think?

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Thank goodness we don't have a Thursday night game.

Amen to that!! :thumbsup:

I can't stand Palmer....I can mute the TV and listen to Rod and Stan, but there is nothing I could do to remove his ugly face from the TV if we had a game he was calling...

I was thinking of building a set top device like Apple TV or something that would use facial

recognition (you set the target or pick the target and assign it as active) to allow you to overlap another face, say Stan's or Stewie's whatever works, what do you think?

I like that idea!! :yes:

....can you make a device that will remove him from TV entirely??? That way he won't be on any channel as a broadcaster...

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Thank goodness we don't have a Thursday night game.

Really. I just hope I get to watch most of the games this year. 2010 I missed the Arky game and some others due to work. I no longer provide them services so that's not a problem.

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Thank goodness we don't have a Thursday night game.

Amen to that!! :thumbsup:

I can't stand Palmer....I can mute the TV and listen to Rod and Stan, but there is nothing I could do to remove his ugly face from the TV if we had a game he was calling...

I was thinking of building a set top device like Apple TV or something that would use facial

recognition (you set the target or pick the target and assign it as active) to allow you to overlap another face, say Stan's or Stewie's whatever works, what do you think?

I like that idea!! :yes:

....can you make a device that will remove him from TV entirely??? That way he won't be on any channel as a broadcaster...

I do have a device can you keep a secret :shoot::noevil:

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Thank goodness we don't have a Thursday night game.

Amen to that!! :thumbsup:

I can't stand Palmer....I can mute the TV and listen to Rod and Stan, but there is nothing I could do to remove his ugly face from the TV if we had a game he was calling...

I was thinking of building a set top device like Apple TV or something that would use facial

recognition (you set the target or pick the target and assign it as active) to allow you to overlap another face, say Stan's or Stewie's whatever works, what do you think?

I like that idea!! :yes:

....can you make a device that will remove him from TV entirely??? That way he won't be on any channel as a broadcaster...

I do have a device can you keep a secret :shoot::noevil:

Ha ha! Love it! I think I can keep a secret!!

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If Robert Smith had stayed with ESPN, their announcers would basically be 99.9% Ohio State alums. (note: this is an intentional exageration)

Re "ESPN Radio Bill Rosinski David Norrie Joe Schad". Guess enough folks didn't go forward with their defamation suits so he's out of the doghouse already?

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