McDonough moving off MNF, back to college football for ESPN

Coinciding with Deitsch's report, the New York Post's Andrew Marchand followed up with news that ESPN chose to stay in-house for McDonough's replacement. He called college football games for ESPN/ABC from 2004-15. Marchand notes that he's never called an National Football League game, while also implying that the National Football League itself wasn't particularly enamored with McDonough as the voice of one of its signature properties.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch revealed Friday night that Sean McDonough took on a new role with ESPN, which does not include play-by-play for "Monday Night Football" broadcasts. College football, from a ratings, profile, and revenue standpoint, amounts to a clear step down. This follows McDonough's two season's as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football.

He'll reportedly be replaced by longtime college announcer Joe Tessitore. "Being the "Voice of Monday Night Football" was one of the great honors of my life, but I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the unique traditions, rivalries and pageantry of college football and to tell the stories of the participants".

The Post also reported Friday that Manning will pass on the ESPN offer, though he has made no public comments.

The bigger question is who will serve as his analyst.

With Jon Gruden leaving the broadcast booth to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders this offseason, ESPN already had one person to replace on its Monday Night Football team. Well, it appears Peyton Manning is out of the running.