Mack Brown mapped out his career plan at a young age: He wanted to be a football coach first – and he was, from 1973 through last season – before either moving upstairs, as an athletic director, or into television, as a college football analyst.

Seven months after the final game of his coaching career, one highlighted by the 2005 national championship, Brown will join ESPN in August as a college football analyst, providing studio work across the network's football-themed platforms and, on Saturdays, starring as one-third of ABC's College Football Countdown program.

Countdown, which airs as the lead-in to both ABC's afternoon and prime-time kickoffs, will team Brown and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell with host John Saunders.