Brad Nessler’s ‘big-time voice’ made him ‘perfect’ successor to Verne Lundquist on SEC on CBS


SEC on CBS will have one major difference this fall — no more Verne Lundquist.

The longtime play-by-play man is no longer on college football duties. But CBS is filling Lundquist with an experienced commentator in Brad Nessler, who worked for CBS in the early 1990s and returned to the network last year.

According to CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, Nessler was the easy choice to succeed Lundquist in the booth.

“He’s got a big-time voice. There are certain announcers when you turn on a sporting event and hear their voice, you think it’s a big event,” McManus said on a season-opening conference call on Thursday. “It just made perfect sense.”

Nessler reunites with his former broadcast partner Gary Danielson. The duo did four games last season for CBS and worked together when Nessler joined ABC’s college football coverage in 1997.

“It was a little bit tough for us when we got broken up a while back,” Danielson said. “I think it’s made both of us better in the long run.”

And Danielson is eager to be back with his former partner.

“He’s a pro’s pro. Other play-by-play guys sit and admire how Brad Nessler calls a game,” Danielson said. “There’s no doubt that we got the best guy for it.”

When college football season started last year, Nessler wasn’t in the booth. Only doing four games for CBS in 2016, Nessler wasn’t needed at the beginning of the season.

This year, Nessler is certainly glad that he won’t be at home when SEC on CBS begins their 2017 coverage with TCU-Arkansas on Sept. 9.

“If you think I wasn’t going crazy in September and October last year, that was the worst time ever,” Nessler said. “I’m ready to go.”

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