One ESPN stalwart isn’t going anywhere as the winds of change continue to blow around him. On Thursday, ESPN announced that Brent Musburger had agreed to a contract extension with the network and will continue his role as the voice of the SEC Network.

The network also confirmed that Musburger would continue working with Jesse Palmer on SEC Network in addition to calling college basketball each week during the late fall and winter months.

Unfortunately, the comments from Musburger and John Wildhack didn’t really indicate whether or not Musburger would have a more advanced role this season following Brad Nessler’s departure.

“The SEC is the best football conference in the country. You can’t beat it,” Musburger said. “Terrific football, clearly—year in and year out. The conference has been tremendous to work with. I’m glad the SEC Network is such a great success. It’s been great working with Jesse Palmer.”

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ESPN Executive Vice President Production and Programming, John Wildhack, noted: “This agreement will help build upon one of the most extraordinary careers in all of sports. The impact that Brent’s work has had on generations of sports fans is immeasurably positive and we are thrilled he will continue to be a significant part of the ESPN family, including the SEC Network.”

In a perfect world, Musburger will get some more time in the spotlight this season and won’t just be locked in to calling thrilling SEC Network contests like uh…Mississippi State vs South Alabama?

However, it is a tight line for ESPN to walk – they can’t keep burying some of their young, talented broadcasters in favor of someone like Musburger, but it’s not as if Musburger is completely past his prime either.

[ESPN]

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