When CBS and Turner Sports announced their broadcast teams for the upcoming NCAA Tournament on Monday, one big name was conspicuously missing: Verne Lundquist. According to the New York Post, Lundquist has chosen not to work the tournament because calling four games in a day seemed unmanageable only months after his November back surgery. Brad Nessler, who replaced Lundquist as CBS’ lead college football voice last fall, will slot into the broadcast lineup in his absence, while Ian Eagle will be assigned the regional final Lundquist previously worked. Lundquist has called NCAA Tournament games for CBS for the better part of 35 years, becoming one of the network’s most recognizable and popular voices. He stepped away from college football in 2017, but has continued to call college basketball and golf for CBS, without announcing plans for a full-on retirement. Other than Eagle shifting to Lundquist’s previous team alongside analyst Jim Spanarkel and Nessler joining the Tournament lineup, little has changed from last year’s CBS/Turner broadcast assignments.
Verne Lundquist stepping away from college basketball, won’t call NCAA Tournament
Awful Announcing | Mar 5