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Musburger, Palmer to be lead SEC Network football announcers

Brent Musburger won't be calling Saturday night college football games for ABC and ESPN in the fall.

Musburger will be the lead play-by-play voice for the SEC Network, which ESPN owns a stake in, it was announced Wednesday. The network debuts in August.

"Brent Musburger is a cultural icon who has been guiding fans through many of sport's most spectacular moments for decades," John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production, said in a statement. "His big-game performance and unmistakable style will elevate our football coverage on the SEC Network. Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for this major network launch represents an exciting new chapter in his legendary career and reinforces our commitment and investment in the SEC Network."

Joining Musburger will be analyst Jesse Palmer. Palmer will continue to work as an analyst on ESPN's Thursday night broadcasts.

"I’m delighted to be staying with ESPN, thrilled to be able to call the best football conference in the nation every week and am really looking forward to working with Jesse, who I covered while he was at Florida," Musburger said in a statement. "Jesse has tremendous football knowledge, knows this league very well and does his homework. He has a tremendous future in this business."

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