Syracuse grad Sean McDonough leaving 'Monday Night Football' for ESPN college football

ESPN has to replace Jon Gruden who left the network to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders

ESPN's press release announcing the move tries to sell it as something other than that.

OK. So why not leave those skills and talents on Monday Night Football? He has also called National Football League games for ESPN Radio since 2013. The veteran broadcaster signed a multiyear deal to stay with ESPN, where he'll remain a part of its college basketball and Masters coverage in addition to resuming a previous role on college football broadcasts. College football, from a ratings, profile, and revenue standpoint, amounts to a clear step down.

McDonough said in a statement, "Being the "Voice of Monday Night Football" was one of the great honors of my life", but he said he missed college football.

He'll reportedly be replaced by longtime college announcer Joe Tessitore. He has called multiple sports in his career, including marquee events such as the World Series, NCAA Final Four, and the Olympics.

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McDonough has been with ESPN since 2000, following an earlier stint from 1989-1995. He also spent 10 years at CBS Sports when he was the network's lead college football play-by-play announcer from 1997 to 1999.

Here's hoping McDonough calls some SEC games in 2018. He only spent two seasons in the National Football League, but the college game will certainly welcome the talented play-by-play man back with open arms.

There will be an entirely new broadcast team for 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN, but one that won't include Peyton Manning per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

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