Gus Johnson is among the most polarizing figures in broadcasting, a love-him-or-hate-him lightning rod whose excited calls are not for everyone.
Me? I see both sides, and have landed in each depending on the situation and whether or not I can figure out what Gus is shouting.
I do know this: I will miss the fact New York will hear much less of the guy now that he has left MSG and CBS in a seven-month span.
His new gig with Fox makes him the network’s lead college football play-by-play man. That means a lot of Pac-12 games, and less than a handful of NFL assignments.
Johnson said he “lost a lot of sleep’’ over leaving CBS, where he made his national mark calling NCAA Tournament games.
Fox is well aware of Johnson’s popularity among younger viewers and in social media circles. Johnson is well aware not everyone likes his shtick. He makes no apologies and plans no changes.
“I don’t think that’s something that would be successful for me,’’ he said. “I have been in New York a long time, been at the network a long time . . . You’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet when you’re a public figure.’’