Verne Lundquist has been calling SEC football games for CBS since 2000, but the upcoming season will be his last on that team. CBS Sports said today that the veteran announcer, who received the Sports Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award this month, will hand off play-by-play duties in 2017 to Brad Nessler. The latter is returning to CBS Sports after a 24-year run at ESPN.
CBS said Lundquist, who has been in sports broadcasting for more than a half-century and has covered more than 20 different sports for the network, will continue working on its college basketball and golf coverage.
“Verne has set the standard for college football broadcasting,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. “Together with Gary Danielson, he has played a key role in making the SEC on CBS the highest-rated college football package in America. … We are fortunate to have one more football season to appreciate Verne’s one-of-a-kind storytelling as we pave the way for a seamless and smooth transition to Brad.”
Nessler, whose first stint with CBS began back in 1990 with college football and men’s and women’s basketball, will be paired with Danielson. The two have teamed on other networks’ college football broadcasts.
“I’ve known Brad for more than 30 years and have always admired his work ethic and his on-air presence,” Lundquist said. “He shares the same passion for college football that I do. The SEC on CBS is in great hands.”