Earlier this year, it was announced that veteran college football analyst Spencer Tillman was leaving his position in the CBS Sports studio after a lengthy run of 16 years. At the time, it was described as a mutual decision between Tillman and CBS with the former Oklahoma Sooner to part ways. And now we might know just why Tillman was ready to leave CBS after all that time at the network.
As it turns out, this fall Tillman will be reunited with longtime partner Tim Brando at Fox Sports in the broadcast booth for the network’s college football coverage.
Via the Houston Chronicle:
Spencer Tillman says he has agreed to call college football games this fall for Fox Sports, where he will be teamed up once more with his former CBS Sports on-air partner Tim Brando.
Tillman, the longtime Houston area resident and former Oilers player, did studio work for CBS for 16 years, primarily focusing on the Southeastern Conference. He spent all but one year during that period working alongside Brando, who left CBS prior to the 2014 season to call games on the Fox networks.
“The old band is getting back together,” Tillman said. “It will be exciting, and it will give me a chance to balance things out. We sat in the studio for years, and it was great. There’s no better seat.
This is a pretty nice coup for Fox Sports to add someone with the experience of Tillman to their college football broadcasting lineup. The chemistry that comes with over a decade and a half of working together can’t be taught, so Tillman and Brando should quickly settle in together as one of the top teams at Fox.
Fox is slowly but surely trying to become a major player in college football. By adding respected broadcasters like Brando and Tillman and respected newsbreakers and columnists like Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman, the network is going to go a long way in advancing those efforts. And now with Charles Davis moving on to the NFL and Gus Johnson being joined by Joel Klatt for Fox’s #1 team, the network has two top-line broadcast teams that can carry the flag on Fox and Fox Sports 1.