Veteran announcer mainly known for football will take over for Verne Lundquist on the SEC package in 2017
The news finally became official on Tuesday morning, as CBS Sports brought back Brad Nessler to cover SEC football. He will be doing some other key games this coming autumn, in addition to announcing the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl and some college basketball games next winter. The deal also includes him becoming a return voice to the NCAA Tournament. Nessler spent close to a quarter century at ESPN, mostly doing college football and being the lead announcer for a few former BCS title games (2001 and 2004). The move will reunite him in the booth with former longtime ESPN analyst Gary Danielson.
As for Uncle Verne, he is not riding off into the sunset just yet. At still the ripe age of 75, he will still be calling some college basketball games (primarily during the final leg of the NFL’s regular season in December extending into the playoffs and before Selection Sunday each March), plus select NCAA Tournament games. He will also be continuing with Jim Nantz on coverage of golf, including the Masters each April.
Perhaps, this quote from Verne sums it all up perfectly:
“Now, it’s time to step back and take in the aroma of those tulips, those roses, and those daffodils that friends have been telling me about for years.”
Quote from Verne Lundquist found on CBS Sports press release May 31, 2016