We’ve had our fair share of Gus Johnson news over the past few days, so we’d be remiss to not point out that Gus Johnson officially joined on at FOX Sports Media Group today. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
The voice renowned for March Madness buzzer-beaters is now the voice of fall’s gridiron glory and more as FOX Sports Media Group has named Gus Johnson lead play-by-play announcer for its college football coverage and men’s basketball on the Big Ten Network. He will team with FOX Sports football analyst Charles Davis to form the Group’s lead college football announce team. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Executive Producer and Co-President & COO, FOX Sports Media Group, Eric Shanks.
This season, Johnson and Davis call Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-12 regular-season games on FX, as well as a pair of games for Big Ten Network, one of FOX’s two conference football championship games and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. In 2012, they’ll call FOX’s regular-season over-the-air broadcast schedule, culled primarily from the network’s recently completed rights agreement with the Pac-12, as well as the aforementioned postseason assignments. In addition, Johnson also continues as the lead play-by-play voice for college basketball on Big Ten Network, will call FOX’s Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament games come 2013 and select NFL on FOX broadcasts following the college football season this year.
Johnson, who dropped a patented Ahhhhh at his press conference, is undoubtedly happy with his decision to join FOX. While I can’t help but think his name has peaked, he’s now in a spot to be No. 1 at his station, which was simply not going to happen at CBS. Still, I feel like the Gus Johnson brand blew up with March Madness and probably could’ve only gotten bigger if he was given an opportunity to fulfill his dream and call the Final Four. That’s unlikely to happen now, but only time will tell if his cult-like following will die down a little bit in the years to come.
For some more reading, check out Ben Koo’s quality piece on Johnson’s run with CBS and its inevitable end. Congrats to Johnson, and congrats to FOX for finally improving its announcing crew.