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ESPN's Chris Fowler to become lead college football announcer, continue 'GameDay' duties

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It's not much of a surprise that Chris Fowler will succeed Brent Musburger as ABC/ESPN's lead college football announcer. However, it is a bit of one that his new duty isn't replacing an old one.

The network and Fowler, the long-time host of ESPN's "College GameDay" Saturday morning pregame show, announced a contract extension through 2023 on Thursday. With the extension, Fowler will continue hosting "GameDay" as well.

It had been reported that some at ESPN were not interested in Fowler returning as host of "GameDay" and adding Saturday night game responsibilities. He has hosted "GameDay" since 1990 and will team with Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and others once again.

“I am very excited about hosting GameDay for a 25th year and extending my work with Kirk Herbstreit for a 19th season and beyond,” Fowler said in an ESPN release. “There is a strong legacy of top college football voices on ABC, from Chris Schenkel to Keith Jackson to Brent Musburger. I’m looking forward to returning to the booth and being a part of that incredible tradition. As for tennis, I can’t wait to continue and expand my role in ESPN’s industry-leading coverage.”

Fowler will also pair with Herbstreit for the prime ABC/ESPN game of the week and the duo will call the 2015 final of the College Football Playoff on Jan. 12.  Fowler will continue his current role on ESPN's tennis coverage.

Wednesday, ESPN announced that Musburger would be joining Jesse Palmer on the lead broadcast crew for the SEC Network.

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