Sports Illustrated is reporting Friday night that Sean McDonough is out as the Monday Night Football play-by-play man.
With Jon Gruden leaving the broadcast booth to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders this offseason, ESPN already had one person to replace on its Monday Night Football team. Now, they’ve got two to replace.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch is reporting Friday night that play-by-play man Sean McDonough won’t be part of the broadcast moving forward either. McDonough and ESPN reported “mutually agreed” that he’d head back to college football during pigskin season.
Sports Illustrated can report that Sean McDonough has mutually agreed to return to college football for ESPN later this year. He will no longer call Monday Night Football.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 10, 2018
Sean McDonough is out at MNF, sources told The Post
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) March 10, 2018
I am a Sean McDonough fan. Love him on college hoops and college football.
Pro's pro. Best spot for him.
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 10, 2018
So at this point, ESPN’s entire Monday Night Football booth is open. Also, we know that Peyton Manning won’t be taking Gruden’s role – he’s apparently ruled it out.
McDonough, one of the most versatile announcers in the industry, has been calling NFL games for the network since the beginning of the 2016 season.
ESPN has yet to comment on the report – or who could potentially replace McDonough in the aftermath.