Just a few months ago, it was rumored that longtime CBS play-by-play commentator Verne Lundquist would be stepping down from his position with “SEC ON CBS.” Those rumors were confirmed to be true on Tuesday when it was announced he would be replaced by Brad Nessler for the 2017 season.
Lundquist has served at the voice of “SEC ON CBS” alongside Gary Danielson since the 2000 season. CBS released a statement on Tuesday saying he would step down from that spot following the 2016 season.
“Being a part of the SEC ON CBS since 2000 has been the most significant assignment I’ve been given in my more than five decades in this business,” said Lundquist. “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. In 2017, I’ll happily step aside from college football and welcome Brad to the booth. I’ve known Brad for more than 30 years and have always admired his work ethic and his on-air presence. He shares the same passion for college football that I do. The SEC ON CBS is in great hands. Brad and Gary will form a great partnership in the years ahead.”
Verne Lundquist has been with CBS for nearly three decades and has called more than 20 different sports, including golf, the Olympics, and the NCAA Tournament for basketball. He will continue to call golf, college basketball, and the tournament into the future.
Nessler leaves ESPN after 24 years with the company and will take over for Lundquist starting with the 2017 season.
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