Clark Kellogg begins his second NCAA Tournament as CBS' lead analyst Friday in Buffalo, following a rookie year that largely was uneventful, with none of the colorful unpredictability of infamous curmudgeon Billy Packer.
What did Kellogg's boss, CBS Sports president Sean McManus, think of his first NCAAs alongside Jim Nantz?
McManus praised the "seamless'' transition from Packer to Kellogg, including Kellogg's move from studio to game sites, which is not always easy. He also pronounced Nantz and Kellogg "the best one-two team in college basketball.''
Still, he said, he misses Packer's personality and presence.
"It's like John Madden,'' he said. "Cris Collinsworth is doing a great job [at NBC]. I think it's a terrific broadcast. But you don't replace a John Madden or a Billy Packer no matter who you replace him with.
"But there comes a time in everyone's life when you have to make a transition, and I think we made the transition at the right time and I think it's been as seamless and as successful and as smooth as I could have hoped for.''