McDonough, who has been with ESPN since 2000, was a top play-by-play voice on Saturday afternoon ABC college football before moving to MNF. FOX's Thursday night schedule includes 11 games, while ESPN televises 19 Monday night game. ESPN will have an entirely new crew working the booth this season, with Gruden having returned to coaching with the Oakland Raiders. With his knowledge of the game, Manning could become an asset for a network to have calling a game, as he would be able to give insights into play-calling and what a player might see from both the defensive and offensive perspective.More news: Xi set to secure lifetime presidency
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Here's hoping McDonough calls some SEC games in 2018.
"Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it", McDonough said in a statement. It turns out, ESPN will be replacing more than just their analyst. He has also done play-by-play for Major League Baseball, NHL, tennis, golf, the College World Series and other college sports for ESPN. How the exit of McDonough, who was solid in his two-year stint alongside Gruden despite college sports being his true wheelhouse, could affect Manning's thinking is unknown. Tessitore has filled a number of roles for ESPN since joining ABC/ESPN in 2002.