HOOVER, Ala. — From one former SEC quarterback turned ABC reality star to another, the SEC Network has announced its replacements for Jesse Palmer and Brent Musburger for its Saturday night broadcast.
ESPN announced on Tuesday that former Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers, former Auburn player Cole Cubelic and play-by-play man Tom Hart will be the new broadcasting trio for SEC Saturday Night, which is the marquee match-up on the network each Saturday night during the football season.
Musburger, a broadcasting legend, retired following the 2016 season and has since moved to Las Vegas to launch a new venture in the world of sports betting. Palmer, who has held a prominent role with ABC and ESPN for years, will receive a new, yet-to-be-revealed assignment for the 2017 season.
“Jordan, Tom and Cole will be a great complement to each other,” said SEC Network coordinating producer Steve Ackels, per the ESPN release. “Tom’s extensive knowledge of the overall production allows him to be our leader in the booth, dictating the action while setting up Jordan and Cole to inform, educate and entertain the viewers. Then, with Jordan and Cole’s knowledge of the league as players combined with their preparation as analysts, SEC Saturday Night will be a great telecast once again this season.”
Rodgers, who joined the network following winning a contest for love on ABC’s Bachelorette reality series in 2016, will make the move to full-time game analyst in 2017 after testing the waters in multiple roles last year. He is the younger brother of NFL star Aaron Rodgers, and led the Commodores to a nine-win season in 2012.
“This past year has been a blast,” said Rodgers via the ESPN release. “I am thankful that SEC Network afforded me a variety of opportunities which has set me up for an expanded role in my second year. Tom and Cole are great broadcasters and even better guys. I have watched them for years and look forward to working and learning from the both of them throughout the year.
“Overall, there is very little in my life I enjoy more than college football. Now as a game analyst, I look forward to traveling throughout the SEC, being around the best college football atmosphere each week and providing fans my own perspective of the game.”
Cubelic and Hart have been with the SEC Network since its launch prior to the 2014 football season.