Joe Tessitore to replace Sean McDonough as Monday Night Football play-by-play man

Of course, McDonough's partner in 2017, Jon Gruden, has already traded in his microphone for a headset to return as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

According to Sporting News, Manning has a similar offer from FOX for their new Thursday night football package. As first reported by the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, Sean McDonough is out as play-by-play announcer for the network's signature National Football League broadcast.

"Sean is so well-respected at ESPN and throughout our industry and we look forward to his return to college football where he will be a signature voice on many of our biggest games, including the College Football Playoff", ESPN Senior Vice President, Events and Studio Production, Stephanie Druley said.

The next question is who will join Tessitore in the booth?

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand confirmed the news and reported ESPN's Joe Tessitore will take over as the program's new play-by-play announcer.

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" booth is getting a total makeover. McDonough replaced Mike Tirico, who'd held the post since 2006, in 2016.

OK. So why not leave those skills and talents on Monday Night Football?

McDonough has been broadcasting with ABC/ESPN since 2000 and has had many memorable calls for the network in the years since, not the least of which was his voice-cracking call of Michigan State's fumble return touchdown to stun Michigan in 2015.

In his new deal, McDonough will shift from the NFL back to college football where he made some of his most-memorable calls.

Vanessa Coleman