Sean McDonough leaving 'Monday Night Football' to rejoin ESPN's college football team

Lynette Rowe
March 11, 2018

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports the National Football League "did not like" McDonough's work on the telecast.

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" will have a brand new broadcast team in 2018.

"Sean is so well-respected at ESPN and throughout our industry and we look forward to his return to college football where he will be a signature voice on many of our biggest games, including the College Football Playoff", ESPN Senior Vice President, Events and Studio Production, Stephanie Druley said. He will remain part of the network's college basketball and Masters coverage.

With longtime color analyst Jon Gruden already gone from ESPN as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the network has named Joe Tessitore as the iconic series' new play-by-play announcer, the New York Post reports. College football, from a ratings, profile, and revenue standpoint, amounts to a clear step down.

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OK. So why not leave those skills and talents on Monday Night Football?

Sports Illustrated can report that Sean McDonough has mutually agreed to return to college football for ESPN later this year.

Multiple reporters said on Friday that Sean McDonough would no longer call "Monday Night Football" and instead will return to calling college football games. He has also called National Football League games for ESPN Radio since 2013.

With the popularity of Tony Romo this past season on CBS, who was able to predict what offenses and defense were going to do, Manning would be seen as another quarterback that would serve the same goal.

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