Report: ESPN's Sean McDonough to leave Monday Night Football, return to college football –

ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth was already going to look considerably different, as longtime color analyst Jon Gruden was returning to the NFL as coach of the Oakland Raiders. Now his partner will also be leaving the booth, as Sean McDonough will return to calling college football games, according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch.

McDonough will leave the booth after just two years, as he replaced Mike Tirico prior to the 2016 season. Earlier Friday, it had been reported that Peyton Manning was no longer considering working on Monday Night Football, but that he was open to the idea of working with FOX. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Joe Tessitore is McDonough’s replacement.

McDonough has been with ESPN and ABC since 2000, calling a variety of sports, most prominently college basketball. He also worked a number of prominent college football games, including the 2015 Michigan-Michigan State game, which ended when Michigan muffed a punt and Michigan State returned it for a touchdown.

The McDonough news comes on the same day it was announced that Michael Smith would be leaving SportsCenter. Like McDonough, he will also remain with ESPN. The network’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast will also have a different look, as Alex Rodriguez will join Jessica Mendoza and new play-by-play voice Matt Vasgersian.

A replacement for Gruden has not been announced yet, but in-house candidates include Louis Riddick and Matt Hasselbeck.

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