Fouts Moves To Play By Play

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks college football in his latest sports television column.

The big news? Dan Fouts will become a play-by-play announcer after 19 years as an analyst.

It’s all part of a big shakeup at ABC following the retirement of Keith Jackson and the loss of Lynn Swann and Aaron Taylor to other endeavors.

I’m not a huge fan of the Fouts move. I don’t think his voice has quite enough ‘ring’ to it to call a game with much distinction. However, his eyesight will be an improvement over Keith Jackson’s, who often made mistakes while viewing the games from his in-booth monitor.

Here’s the complete rundown of the ABC/ESPN and ESPN2 Commentator Teams:

ABC Saturday Night College Football
Play-by-play–Brent Musburger
Analyst–Bob Davie and Kirk Herbstreit*
Reporter–Lisa Salters

ABC Saturday games
Play-by-play–Brad Nessler
Analyst–Bob Griese and Paul Maguire
Reporter–Stacey Dales

ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime
Play-by-play–Mike Patrick
Analyst–Todd Blackledge
Reporter–Holly Rowe

ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime
Play-by-play–Chris Fowler
Analyst–Kirk Herbstreit
Reporter–Erin Andrews

ESPN2 College Football Saturday Primetime
Play-by-play–Ron Franklin
Analyst–Ed Cunningham
Reporter–Dr. Jerry Punch

ESPN Saturday noon
Play-by-play–Sean McDonough
Analyst–Chris Spielman
Reporter–Rob Stone

ESPN2 Saturday noon
Play-by-play–Pam Ward
Analyst–Mike Gottfried
Reporter–Jimmy Dykes

ABC Saturday games
Play-by-play–Mark Jones
Analyst–David Norrie
Reporter–Sam Ryan

ABC Saturday games
Play-by-play–Dan Fouts
Analyst–Tim Brant
Reporter–Jack Arute

ABC Saturday games
Play-by-play–Gary Thorne
Analyst–Andre Ware
Reporter–Todd Harris

ESPN and ESPN2 Fridays
Play-by-play–Dave Pasch
Analyst–Rod Gilmore and Trevor Matich
Reporter–Alex Flanagan

ESPN and ESPN2 midweek games
Play-by-play–John Saunders
Analyst–Craig James
Reporter–Todd Harris

ESPN and ESPN2 midweek games
Play-by-play–Rece Davis
Analyst–Mark May and Lou Holtz
Reporter–Rob Stone

* On certain weeks, Herbstreit will be unable to work ABC’s Saturday night telecast due to the location of College GameDay

Pre-games, halftimes and post-games
John Saunders, Craig James and Doug Flutie

College GameDay*
Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit

Saturday day-long pre-game, halftime and post-game as well as midnight show
Rece Davis, Mark May and Lou Holtz

* Desmond Howard will return as a College GameDay contributor

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