In an announcement that has been in the works for weeks, ESPN officially announced the addition of former Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown as an in-studio analyst.
The following tweet accompanied the announcement:
I am excited to join ESPN/ABC this fall to share my passion for CFB with the fans. I look forward to giving a look "behind the scenes"— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) July 24, 2014
Brown will also provide analysis on Sportscenter and College Football live in addition to contributing to ESPN.com and ESPN Radio.
However, the main focus will be his work on Saturdays for College Football Countdown on ABC with host John Saunders and Danny Kanell, who is joining the ABC studio for the first time this year. Brown will also provide pre-game, halftime, and post-game commentary for every game on ABC, a portfolio that includes the marquee Saturday night match up.
Beyond the tweet above, Brown also released a statement through ESPN:
I'm so excited and grateful to be joining ESPN's college football coverage team. We've been talking about it for a few months, and I think it's a great opportunity to continue to be an active part of a game I love so much. People who know me know I'm a football junkie, so I'm really looking forward to watching and studying teams, sharing thoughts, and talking football with all of the passionate college football fans across the country each and every week.
The high-profile nature of the gig is indicative of how much on-air talent ESPN believes Brown possesses -- the network also announced the hire of former head coach Butch Davis in the same release on Thursday, but Davis will be working on ESPN2.
And hey, even if Brown doesn't live up to the lofty expectations that will accompany him into the role, he would have to work hard to be as bad as Lou Holtz.