Gus Johnson Joins Fox, Will Serve As Lead College Football Announcer
Fox Sports Media Group yesterday officially named Gus Johnson its lead announcer for college football. Johnson will team with analyst Charles Davis to call Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-12 games on FX, as well as a pair of games for the Big Ten Network, one of Fox' two conference championship games and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Johnson and Davis in '12 also will call Fox' regular-season broadcast schedule. Johnson will continue to be the lead men's basketball announcer on the Big Ten Network, will call Fox' Pac-12 men's basketball tournament games in '13 and will work select NFL broadcasts following the college football season this year (Fox). FSMG Exec Producer, co-President & co-COO Eric Shanks said that Johnson and Davis "will do about 15 college football games during the regular season" (L.A. TIMES, 5/11). In Houston, David Barron wrote given the "amount of money that Fox is dropping with the Pac-12 and its relationship with the Big Ten, I presume that we will see and hear Johnson and Davis primarily" work games involving those conferences and "less so on Big 12 games" (CHRON.com, 5/10).
END OF THE MADNESS? Johnson said, "I don't know if it's necessarily a better fit. It's a new opportunity and a bigger stage for me -- getting to be a lead play-by-play guy for a network like Fox." Johnson added he "lost a lot of sleep over" leaving CBS' NCAA basketball tournament coverage. But Shanks said that Johnson "might not have worked his last CBS broadcast." CBS "has used announcers moon-lighting from other networks" during its tournament coverage (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 5/11).