Much was speculated last week that talks between CBS and announcer Gus Johnson had broken down and that he was contemplating an offer from Fox Sports. Well the speculation was, indeed, fact as the Fox Sports Group today announced that Johnson has signed a deal with the network.
Johnson will serve as the lead play-by-play voice for the network’s college football coverage as well as men’s college basketball on the Big Ten Network.
For the 2011 college football season Johnson will be seen primarily on FX’s coverage of Big 12, Conference USA, and PAC-12 conference match-ups. He will also work the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. He will move to Fox in the fall of 2012 under the network’s new agreement with the PAC-12.
“We are thrilled to have one of the most dynamic play-by-play announcers working today join us at FOX, and team him with someone we believe to be one of the brightest, most astute college football analysts in the country,” said Shanks. “Gus’ energy, enthusiasm and passion are evident in every game he broadcasts, and Charles is one of the most respected, knowledgeable and hard-working analysts in all of football, meticulous in his preparation and concise in his delivery. We can’t wait for college football fans to see just how terrific a team this can be.”
“Big Ten Network viewers have been overwhelming in their support of Gus Johnson,” added Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman. “Now they get to enjoy more Gus than ever before, as BTN expects to double his number of basketball games as a result of his new deal with FOX.”
“Ahhhhhh! I am beyond excited to join the FOX Sports family today,” said Johnson. “Being able to call play-by-play for the nation’s premier collegiate football conferences like the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 is a tremendous honor and I can’t wait to get started! Is it August yet?”
On the college football broadcasts Johnson will be paired with analyst Charles Davis.