Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting Friday night that play-by-play man Sean McDonough won't be part of the broadcast moving forward either. The network said McDonough will do a high-profile college football game weekly throughout the season and call a College Football Playoff semifinal. According to his ESPN bio, Tessitore joined ESPN in 2002 and he's best known for calling college football and college basketball games, as well as boxing matches. This follows McDonough's two season's as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football.
"Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it", said McDonough.
Play-by-play voice Sean McDonough has signed a new multi-year extension and will rejoin ESPN's college football team this fall.
ESPN is looking for a replacement for Jon Gruden, who left his role as the color analyst on Monday Night Football for the head coaching position with the Oakland Raiders.
The Post also reported Friday that Manning will pass on the ESPN offer, though he has made no public comments. "Sean is a highly-skilled broadcaster who brings great passion, energy and work ethic to every game he calls". With Peyton Manning saying no, ESPN has to decide whether to make another swing for the fences or to promote someone from within.