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    Sean McDonough out as voice of ‘Monday Night Football’

    Windsor Locks, CT - August 7, 2013 - Sheraton Bradley: Portrait of Sean McDonough (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
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    Sean McDonough called “Monday Night Football” for two seasons.

    ESPN’s “Monday Night Football’’ will have a completely different set of broadcasters in the booth next season.

    The network announced Friday night that Sean McDonough, the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football for the past two years, will return to college football broadcasts next season.

    McDonough, who recently signed a multi-year contract extension with ESPN, departs “Monday Night Football,” comes two months after color analyst Jon Gruden left to take a reported 10-year, $100 million deal to coach the Oakland Raiders.


    “Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it,” said McDonough in a statement. “Being the ‘Voice of Monday Night Football’ was one of the great honors of my life, but I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the unique traditions, rivalries and pageantry of college football and to tell the stories of the participants.

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    “I look forward to reuniting with ESPN’s college football team where I have so many close friends in front of and behind the camera.”

    McDonough’s agent, Sandy Montag, told Sports Business Journal it was a mutual decision.

    “If you think of Sean McDonough’s brand, it’s really college sports,’’ said Montag. “Sean had the experience of a lifetime on ‘Monday Night Football,’ but college football is where he belongs.”

    Best known locally as the television voice of the Red Sox from 1988-2004, McDonough’s college football assignments will include high-profile national games each week. He will also call a College Football Playoff Semifinal.


    McDonough will continue to call the CFP National Championship on ESPN Radio as well as high-profile college basketball games, the Masters Par 3 contest, and other events for ESPN.

    McDonough has called several memorable college football games during his time at ESPN, perhaps most notably Michigan State’s miraculous, last-second victory over Michigan in 2015.

    Said ESPN “Monday Night Football” producer Jay Rothman in a statement: “On behalf of our entire MNF family, I thank him for his outstanding work the past two seasons and wish him well as he returns to college football.”

    McDonough, the son of legendary Globe columnist Will McDonough, has been with ESPN since 2000. Along with his college football assignments, he will continue to call ESPN’s Big Monday ACC basketball games and the NCAA Final Four for ESPN International.

    ESPN has not announced who will replace McDonough and Gruden in the booth. The New York Post reported Friday night that Joe Tessitore, a Boston College graduate, is in line to replace McDonough.

    Chad Finn can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GlobeChadFinn.