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Mike Tirico to be play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame on NBC

Sportscaster Mike Tirico poses for a portrait during

Sportscaster Mike Tirico poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 25, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Harry How

Mike Tirico will take over as play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame football games on NBC this season, joining analyst Doug Flutie.

Tirico replaces Dan Hicks, who did Fighting Irish games for the past four seasons. Hicks will still be part of NBC Sports’ golf coverage and next year’s Winter Olympics. Last season, Tirico filled in for Hicks on three Notre Dame games. Tirico will also call NBC’s Thursday night NFL games this season.

Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner for Boston College, is entering his third season doing Irish games. Kathryn Tappen will be the sideline reporter for a fourth season.

NBC also announced Monday that former Texas quarterback Chris Simms, the son of former quarterback and NFL analyst Phil Simms, is joining the Notre Dame broadcasts as a studio analyst.

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