Sean McDonough leaving 'Monday Night Football' to rejoin ESPN's college football team

Posted March 11, 2018

One of Sean McDonough's most distinguishing qualities in the "Monday Night Football" booth was his proclivity for criticizing the product on the field when warranted.

OK. So why not leave those skills and talents on Monday Night Football?

McDonough replaced Mike Tirico in 2017 after he left ESPN for National Basketball Association. Marchand notes that he's never called an National Football League game, while also implying that the National Football League itself wasn't particularly enamored with McDonough as the voice of one of its signature properties. Love him on college hoops and college football.

"Sean is so well-respected at ESPN and throughout our industry and we look forward to his return to college football where he will be a signature voice on many of our biggest games, including the College Football Playoff", ESPN vice president Stephanie Druley said in a statement.

McDonough, who has been with ESPN since 2000, was a top play-by-play voice on Saturday afternoon ABC college football before moving to MNF. He has called multiple sports in his career, including marquee events such as the World Series, NCAA Final Four, and the Olympics.

Prior to ESPN, McDonough was the television play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox from 1988-2004.

Here's hoping McDonough calls some SEC games in 2018.

ESPN later confirmed the move in a press release, adding that McDonough, who spent two years calling "Monday Night Football" after Mike Tirico left for NBC in 2016, signed a multi-year extension.