WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 25: Sportscaster Mike Tirico poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 25, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Mike Tirico is one of the busier sportscasters in the business. Whether he’s calling or hosting golf, preparing for his new primetime Olympics gig or being the new voice of Thursday Night Football, Tirico has a lot of things on his plate. Well, get ready to add one more thing. NBC has announced that he’ll be calling seven Notre Dame football games this fall.

Tirico will replace Dan Hicks who called Notre Dame games from 2013-2016. Tirico did call three Fighting Irish games for NBC last year due to Hicks’ golf commitments.

NBC says Hicks will be busy with the PGA Tour’s FedExCup events as well as the President’s Cup. Hicks will also get ready to call the alpine skiing events for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Tirico will join analyst Doug Flutie and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen on the games. Liam McHugh will remain as studio host and Chris Simms formerly of CBS Sports will be the analyst on pregame and halftime shows.

Tirico’s first game will be September 2 as the Fighting Irish host Temple. He’ll also be at the mic for high profile games like Georgia and USC both in primetime on September 9 and October 21 respectively as well as Navy on November 18.

He’ll call two games within three days when he’s at the mic on the NFL with Tennessee-Pittsburgh on Thursday, November 16 and then Navy-Notre Dame two days later.

Since joining NBC last year, Tirico has been assigned as a host on the 2016 Rio Olympics, a host of Sunday and Thursday Night Football, involved in the Peacock’s Triple Crown coverage, golf including the Open Championship as well as Notre Dame football.

Tirico joins a line of NBC announcers who have become the Voice of Notre Dame including Dick Enberg, Charlie Jones, Tom Hammond and Hicks. NBC has been the home of Notre Dame Football dating back to 1991.

When Tirico was at ESPN, he filled a number of roles including Voice of Monday Night Football as well as calling college football and basketball, NBA, and being the Worldwide Leader’s golf voice.

So Tirico is not resting on his laurels and will be quite busy this fall and leading into the Olympics in the winter.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.