Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer to be SEC Network’s main men

New network. Same announcers.

Love him or loathe him, Brent Musburger will be the lead play-by-play guy when the SEC Network debuts this fall. He’ll be joined in the booth by the Jesse Palmer and his tight suit jackets and tendency to win time of possession of every discussion.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Musburger, but understand his place in the business and the reasons why he’ll be the main man on the SEC Network. His move leaves a hole on the Saturday prime time games on ABC, which could open that spot for Chris Fowler.

Palmer is growing into his job as an analyst, but tends to dominate conversations by running on and on and on. He might benefit from a two-man booth, so he won’t have to fight for time with another analyst.

Musberger and Palmer will call the network’s debut football game when Texas A&M plays at South Carolina on Aug. 28.

John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, said in a release:

“Brent Musburger is a cultural icon who has been guiding fans through many of sport’s most spectacular moments for decades. His big-game performance and unmistakable style will elevate our football coverage on the SEC Network. Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for this major network launch represents an exciting new chapter in his legendary career and reinforces our commitment and investment in the SEC Network.

“Jesse Palmer has quickly established himself as one of college football’s most insightful, entertaining and dedicated analysts. As a former SEC quarterback, he brings the perfect combination of playing experience and deep conference knowledge to the SEC Network. Partnering him with Brent on this new national platform will create a memorable booth for college football fans everywhere.”

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March 18th, 2014
6:56 am

These two are worse than Gary D. & Verne L.


March 17th, 2014
9:53 am

JP is one of the hardest to listen to … Right there with Rece Davis in my book.


March 16th, 2014
10:45 pm

As usual, dwags lose the big game!


March 16th, 2014
12:33 pm

It’s not Palmer who is the problem with this pair. Brent Musberger is incompetent at his job. He talks over the action on the field, he frequently miscalls the position of the ball after a play, he mistakes players for others, and bloviates about how wonderful so-and-so is. They won’t need a bust of him in the football hall of fame, as he is fossilizing before our very eyes.


March 15th, 2014
3:34 pm

Tomás Broun: FSU was losing the NC game until the final 13 seconds. Dont know what you call a beat down, but that wasnt it. Go back to Tallahassee ya ACC gomer.


March 15th, 2014
9:56 am

Finebaum an Alabama homer. And Tebow and Palmer? Call it The Florida Gator Network. Pollak and Stinchcomb are homers too. I like Todd Blackledge and Verne Lunquist along with Danielson. Finebaum, Tebow, Palmer, Pollak, and Stinchcomb are poor choices—-HOMERS!

Tomás Broun

March 15th, 2014
7:45 am

“The SEC, the nation’s premier college football conference, deserves better.”

Wrong. After the beatdown that FSU put on Awbarn, it’s clear which conference is on top now. And it ain’t the SEC.


March 15th, 2014
7:40 am

Who the heck cares what Munson would think.

Bion Williams

March 14th, 2014
10:25 pm

What would Munson think?

Rick Irving

March 14th, 2014
6:47 pm

There is no one in sports broadcasting more in love with the sound of his own voice, and less capable of paying attention to the on-the-field action in front of him than Brent Mussberger. The SEC, the nation’s premier college football conference, deserves better.