This week, Fox Sports announced their broadcast pairings and studio analysts for the 2015 college football season, and Donovan McNabb’s suspension had a huge effect on the coverage.
The suspension of McNabb led to Charles Davis replacing him for NFL on Fox broadcasts, opening up the lead analyst chair next to Gus Johnson. That spot will be filled by Joel Klatt, who shined in the studio for Fox since joining the network at launch. Molly McGrath will remain the sideline reporter for the top team.
Joe Davis also has a new broadcast partner, with Brady Quinn replacing Joey Harrington. Kris Budden will still be the sideline reporter for Davis’s crew. Tim Brando will also be back for Fox’s 2015 season, though his partner hasn’t immediately been named. Last year, he mainly was teamed up with Quinn on Saturdays, though did call Thursday games with Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft.
In the studio, Matt Leinart will replace Klatt at the desk. Dave Wannstedt and Rob Stone, Fox’s jack of all trades, also return along with insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel, and Clay Travis, analyst Petros Papadakis, and rules guru Mike Pereira.
All in all, the one major change at the top led to a domino effect on the rest of Fox’s coverage, and the only real “new face” is Leinart…who’s been with the network for awhile. I think that, ultimately, the changes will be beneficial for Fox – Klatt’s a great analyst, and pairing him with Johnson should create a nice dynamic.