Announcer best known for March Madness calls
Gus Johnson, known for his dramatic calls during college basketball’s March Madness tournament, is moving from CBS to Fox.
As part of his duties, Johnson will shift from the hardwood to the gridiron as he and Charles Davis will also call college football games in the newly renamed Pac-12, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences. In addition, Johnson and Davis will call the Cotton Bowl, for which Fox owns the rights, and an occasional NFL game.
He’ll also call games for the Big Ten Network, which Fox is a partner.
Johnson had been at CBS for 16 years and developed a reputation as an announcer who knew how to accentuate the dramatic moments of a basketball game.
He called the shift away from the NCAA basketball tourney, which is televised exclusively by CBS and Turner, “very difficult. I lost a lot of sleep over that. It’s an event that gave me so many great chances and moments.”
According to Fox Sports co-president Eric Shanks, Johnson’s duties will fluctuate between basketball and football, depending on which games are most meaningful.