Tim Brando, the occasionally controversial CBS Sports studio host and announcer, has ended an 18-year run at the network. Brando told listeners on his radio show Monday that his show was not returning to CBS Sports Network, and then Brando told Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand that he was leaving CBS altogether.
Brando was a fixture on CBS college basketball and college football coverage for nearly two decades. His best role was as a play-by-play announcer, but he was also a solid studio host. You don’t often see play-by-play announcers who host radio shows, but Brando had strong opinions. Last year, Brando had a mini-twitter meltdown after former NBA player Jason Collins announced that he was gay.
Brando’s parting with CBS has been in the works for months. Word spread throughout the media industry late in 2013 that CBS was ready to blow up its college football studio show in an effort to land Tim Tebow. Though Tebow chose ESPN, CBS has been searching for Brando’s replacement. Two CBS names to keep an eye on for the studio job: Adam Zucker and Andrew Catalon.
One would assume that Brando – who is from Louisiana and went to college there – is a natural fit in some capacity at ESPN’s SEC Network. [via Sports Business Daily]
[UPDATE: Here's Tim Brando's Facebook post, explaining the departure.]
After 18 years at CBS and 16 years as the Host of College Football Today, I am leaving CBS Sports. I will no longer be the Host of College Football Today or provide play by play services for their golf, football or basketball coverage. This news comes on the heels of my announcement that the Tim Brando Show will not be returning to CBS Sports Network. It was truly a privilege to cover The SEC on CBS, The Road to the Final Four, and more recently The Masters for Masters.com and The PGA and Champions Tour. It was an honor working there. I am looking forward to new opportunies and making many exciting new memories
covering sports. I greatly appreciate all the love and support from my loyal fans! Please stay tuned to this page, as we will post news as it becomes available! Don’t forget- you can ALWAYS listen to the show from 8-11am CT on
SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91. Thanks for your continued support- Timmy B.