- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

Mike Tirico will take over as play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame football games on NBC this season, joining analyst Doug Flutie.

Tirico replaces Dan Hicks, who did Fighting Irish games for the past four seasons. Hicks will still be part of NBC Sports’ golf coverage and next year’s Winter Olympics. Last season, Tirico filled in for Hicks on three Notre Dame games. Tirico will also call NBC’s Thursday night NFL games this season.

Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner for Boston College, is entering his third season doing Irish games. Kathryn Tappen will be the sideline reporter for a fourth season.

NBC also announced Monday that former Texas quarterback Chris Simms, the son of former quarterback and NFL analyst Phil Simms, is joining the Notre Dame broadcasts as a studio analyst.

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