If the telecast of the Texas A&M-Ole Miss game seems a little more quiet than usual on Saturday night, it probably will be because broadcasting legend Brent Musburger will be calling the first half of the contest by himself in the booth.
According to reports from Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, Musburger plans to call the first half of the SEC West tilt between the Rebels and Aggies without the aid of color commentator Jesse Palmer. He’s reportedly doing it in honor of longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who retired at the end of the baseball season last month.
Musburger received Fordham’s Vin Scully Award earlier in the week.
In honor of him winning Fordham's Vin Scully Award this week, ESPN says Brent Musburger will call first half of Ole Miss-A&M (SEC Net) solo.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) November 12, 2016
SEC Network’s Steve Ackels followed up Deitsch’s report with an explanation of where Palmer will be during the first half: serving as a field analyst on the sidelines alongside regular sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung.
— Steve Ackels (@SteveAckels) November 12, 2016
Musburger, who is now 77 years old, has worked calling football games for the ABC/ESPN family of networks since 1990.
He’ll have the task of enlightening viewers about a pair of new starting quarterbacks in that game, as Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly and Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight each suffered season-ending injuries during Week 10 games.