There’s probably only room for one “Uncle Verne” in the hearts of SEC fans, but new SEC on CBS play-by-play man is hoping there’ll be enough space for a “Cousin Ness” on Saturdays.
Nessler, who himself is a very accomplished play-by-play announcer who left ESPN for CBS prior to the 2016 football season, has been waiting in the wings to replace Lundquist following his retirement.
And with a month to go until he makes his debut alongside color analyst Gary Danielson, Nessler spoke to Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press about replacing a SEC legend in the booth.
“You know you can’t be Uncle Verne, right?” Nessler said Tuesday, per Russo’s report. “Maybe I’ll be Cousin Ness or something?”
Of course, the “debut” is only with a CBS logo on the broadcast. Nessler actually worked with Danielson for seven years at ESPN. And he’s long-time friends with Lundquist, who he says he will both call prior to his first game on the call and will make sure to shout out during the broadcast.
Nessler acknowledged that he’s aware of how critical SEC fans can be of the words that come from the booth during this telecast, which often features the game’s most-watched game each week. With a limited social media appetite and a lack of a Twitter account, Nessler should survive just fine.
“This is a time slot and a game that everybody watches,” Nessler told Russo. “Where I was I was in a great position, but every week we would go ‘I wonder what CBS is going to choose?’ Because we would have the second choice of SEC games. Now, I don’t have to worry about that.”
Lundquist and Danielson will make their SEC on CBS debut by calling the TCU vs. Arkansas game from Fayetteville on Sept. 9.