Chris Fowler to call Saturday night college football on ABC

ESPN's Chris Fowler on the set of College

ESPN's Chris Fowler on the set of College GameDay at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Dec. 7, 2013. (Credit: ESPN/Allen Kee)

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BRISTOL, Conn. - Chris Fowler is taking over play-by-play responsibilities for the marquee Saturday night college football game on ABC.

ESPN announced Thursday that Fowler had signed a nine-year contract extension through 2023. The network said a day earlier that Brent Musburger was leaving "Saturday Night Football" and doing games for SEC Network.

Fowler will continue to host "College GameDay" on Saturday morning, then travel to the site of the prime-time game if it's in a different location, as analyst Kirk Herbstreit already does.

"There is a strong legacy of top college football voices on ABC, from Chris Schenkel to Keith Jackson to Brent Musburger," Fowler said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to returning to the booth and being a part of that incredible tradition."

Fowler and Herbstreit have worked together on "GameDay" since 1996 and will now team up on the Saturday night games.

Fowler joined ESPN in 1986 and has hosted "GameDay" since 1990.

He called ESPN's Thursday night college football games from 2006-09. Fowler will continue to host and announce tennis coverage from the Grand Slam tournaments.

"Chris Fowler is a one-of-a-kind talent who brings an amazing work ethic to every project he works on," said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production. "His ability to skillfully document some of the world's most popular sporting events continues to impress sports fans year after year and his love for college football is on full display every week on GameDay."

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