Grab the remote control, send the kids outside and boot the dog off the couch. The college football season is about to kick off. The SEC isn’t without its share of media personalities, the smiling faces that keep us up to date on all things revolving around the conference.
Here’s a look at the top personalities we’ll put our trust in this season.
1. Paul Finebaum, SEC Network
Finebaum is the quintessential SEC media personality. The Tennessee alum’s self-titled daily radio/SEC Network television show is a must listen/watch, if not for the eccentric callers alone. The biggest testament to his popularity is that four hours of Finebaum waxing about the SEC every day never feels like enough.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 26, 2016
2. Verne Lundquist, CBS
Admit it, you’re going to miss Lundquist once he retires after the 2016 season. Sure, Uncle Verne has mispronounced his share of names, but his voice has been a college football staple in a career that’s spanned more than five decades. And while the voice is iconic, nothing is pure Verne more than his infectious laugh.
God bless you, Verne Lundquist. https://t.co/P2M5VZ9ZGz
— Joe Morgan (@joe_morgan) May 31, 2016
3. Marcus Spears, SEC Network
After earning All-American status at LSU and a nine-year career in the NFL, Spears took his big frame and hulking personality to the small screen. Spears gets around as a regular contributor to The Paul Finebaum Show and as an analyst for SEC Nation, and has co-hosted a show called DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Outdoorsman.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 25, 2016
4. Dari Nowkhah, SEC Network
Nowkhah is the face of the SEC Network as the station’s lead anchor. The Oklahoma grad hosted numerous ESPN shows before making the leap to the SEC Network, where he calls football and basketball broadcasts. He also co-hosts a weekly radio program with ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
— BRAD (@FSUnoleSC) October 7, 2013
5. Gary Danielson, CBS
Danielson has been Verne Lundquist’s right-hand man during SEC broadcasts on CBS for 10 seasons. The former Purdue and NFL quarterback, however, doesn’t always receive the same love for his sports acumen that his partner often gets. That could be due in part to what is believed to be a rather pro-SEC bias, which landed him at No. 4 on Sports Illustrated’s top-10 biggest homer announcers.
— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 8, 2015
6. Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report
Type in “Barrett Sallee homer” into a Twitter search engine and you’ll find that Bleacher Report’s top SEC reporter is an overly-partisan supporter of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, not Alabama, and Tennessee. Homer or not, Sallee is tuned into the SEC and provides a Twitter feed that’s as entertaining as it is informative.
"BARRETT HATES FSU!!!"
(here's a video of Barrett saying FSU will go 15-0 and win a national title)
"TOTAL SEC HOMER!!!"
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 10, 2016
7. Brent Musburger, SEC Network
It doesn’t matter how old you are, your football experience growing up wouldn’t be the same without Brent Musburger. The SEC announcer has been calling games since 1973, crafting one of the most iconic catchphrases in sports broadcasting with his “You are looking live …” open during his time at The NFL Today. Listen to a lot of them here …
— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) May 31, 2016
8. Heather Mitts, Laura Rutledge and Maria Taylor, SEC Network
The SEC Network’s sideline reporters are well-versed in all-things SEC, having graduated from conference schools (Mitts and Rutledge at Florida, Taylor at Georgia). Mitts won three gold medals as a member of the United States’ women’s national soccer team, Rutledge won the title of Miss Florida in 2012, and Taylor was an All-American volleyball player and member of the Unites States’ junior women’s volleyball team. Now their expertise can be found on the sidelines of SEC games on Saturdays.
— GATA Dawgs (@BassinDawg) June 20, 2016
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— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) May 15, 2016
9. Tim Tebow, SEC Network
Tebow isn’t exactly everybody’s cup of tea. But the polarizing former Florida quarterback knows a thing or two about football and presents it in an easy and affable style. He joins Paul Finebaum and Marcus Spears on the SEC Network’s weekly SEC Nation program on Saturdays.
— Kmarko (@Kmarkobarstool) September 10, 2015
10. Greg McElroy, ABC/ESPN
The other Alabama quarterback who went on to play for the New York Jets, McElroy has carved himself a niche dissecting SEC football as an SEC Network analyst. His work with SEC Nation landed him a promotion to the game booth, where he’ll become a regular contributor to ABC/ESPN contests this fall.
— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) August 19, 2016