- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ESPN says Brent Musburger will be the lead play-by-play announcer for its new SEC Network, with former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer as analyst.

Musburger’s move to the SEC Network opens the play-by-play spot on ESPN’s Saturday prime-time game. ESPN has not announced who will take that job though there has been speculation Chris Fowler, the host of GameDay whose contract with ESPN is expiring, will move into that play-by-play role alongside analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

The SEC Network launches next season. The first football game on the network will be Texas A&M; at South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 28. Musburger and Palmer will call that game and a game ever Saturday on the SEC Network.

Musburger and Palmer will continue to be part of ESPN’s college football coverage.


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