Brent Musburger is nearing the end of a legendary broadcasting career, and SEC fans were fortunate enough to share in some of the memories made over the years.
ESPN announced Wednesday that Musberger, 77, will retire at the end of January. Fans and colleagues reacted with mixed emotions.
In recent seasons, Musburger called SEC games alongside Jesse Palmer on the SEC Network each week. But Musburger’s history with the conference extends well beyond that. We decided to take a trip down memory lane and look at 5 of the more memorable moments involving Brent Musburger and SEC football.
Brent Musburger comments on Alabama QB AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb during national title game
The discussion really begins and ends with this one. Musburger’s legacy might well be defined by this moment in the eyes of many college football fans. Musburger was called out immediately for fawning over the girlfriend of the Crimson Tide quarterback during the middle of a broadcast of the BCS national title game between Alabama and Notre Dame.
Brent Musburger comes to the defense of Joe Mixon during Auburn-Oklahoma Sugar Bowl
In what now appears to be his final call of a college football game, Musburger went out with a bit of controversy earlier this month. Mixon became a controversial college football figure after punching a young woman in the face, but he received positive words from Musburger during the 2017 Sugar Bowl broadcast. When he received negative reaction from fans, Musburger decided to double down on his stance with this on-air rant.
Brent Musburger calls himself Kirk Herbstreit during opening to Auburn-Florida State national title game
In a moment fit for comparison to an Anchorman outtake, Musburger mistakenly identified himself as booth partner Kirk Herbstreit during the opening dialogue of the 2014 national title game between Auburn and Florida State. Hilarious.
Brent Musburger laughs at Jesse Palmer for saying Memphis could beat Ole Miss
Led by Justin Fuente, Memphis pulled the upset against Ole Miss in 2015, and SEC Network’s Jesse Palmer called it the week before while on-air calling a Florida-Missouri game with Musburger. The funny part? Musburger laughed in his face on air, as though it was inconceivable that the Tigers could hang with the Rebels. Classic.
Brent Musburger turns into full-on SEC homer during Auburn-Florida State national title game
We’ll finish up with this one, because we know deep down Musburger enjoys SEC football. It could be evident in the way he called games at times, as witnessed by these clips from the Auburn-Florida State BCS championship game.