March 23, 2018

Syracuse grad Sean McDonough leaving 'Monday Night Football' for ESPN college football

12 March 2018, 01:59 | Pamela Mathis

NFL football player Peyton Manning accepts the icon award at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

NFL football player Peyton Manning accepts the icon award at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

Jon Gruden's return to the sideline has prompted a full-on reboot of ESPN's "Monday Night Football".

The NY Post is reporting that Joe Tessitore will be Monday Night Football's new play-by-play man. It turns out, ESPN will be replacing more than just their analyst. He reportedly will become just the sixth person to serve as the play-by-play for "MNF", following in the footsteps of Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico and McDonough. This would mean that Tessitore and McDonough will swap roles between Monday Nioght Football and ESPN's #2 College Football broadcasts. The network said McDonough will do a high-profile college football game weekly throughout the season and call a College Football Playoff semifinal.

Play-by-play voice Sean McDonough, one of sports television's most accomplished and versatile broadcasters, has signed a new multi-year extension and will rejoin ESPN's college football team this fall.

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McDonough replaced Mike Tirico in 2017 after he left ESPN for National Basketball Association.

Here's hoping McDonough calls some SEC games in 2018. As for who will assume Gruden's old job beside the newly installed Tessitore on MNF, Marchand cites Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Louis Riddick as possible internal candidates, as well as NFL Network's Kurt Warner and, in what would be a moonshot, Brett Favre.

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