College football coverage on FOX Sports is going to have a new look this season. According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, FOX will be moving Charles Davis to NFL coverage and using Joel Klatt to replace him as the network’s top analyst.
Davis will join Thom Brennaman as one of FOX’s top NFL crews.
The move from college to the NFL came in large part due to former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb’s latest legal troubles.
“I had heard about Donovan McNabb’s unfortunate trouble and had wondered how and if things might be affected on the NFL side,” Davis said.
“I knew that Donovan had been tabbed to call games this fall. But nowhere in my grey matter, my frontal lobe, did it ever occur to me that if McNabb was not going to call games, I would get the call. Normally, there’s an inkling, some talk about moves before they occur, but this happened so fast that the grapevine never even got activated. There was never a thought that if an opening occurred my name would be part of the discussion.
“I was already happily part of the lead college football broadcast team for Fox Sports and prepping to attend conference media days and for the season. I cannot emphasize just how surprised I was to get that call from John Entz. My legs literally buckled for a second.”
As for Klatt, he will work with with Gus Johnson and reporter Molly McGrath.
The new top college crew will make their FOX debut on Thursday, Sept. 3, when the Utah Utes host the Michigan Wolverines on Fox Sports 1 in what will be Jim Harbaugh’s debut.
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