Illinois adds big names to Big Ten Network

By Steve Contorno

The Big Ten Network announced the addition of nine broadcasters on Tuesday to complete its college football on-air roster.

The game-day team will consist of longtime ABC Sports journalist Roger Twibell, ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Mike Tomczak, Mark Neely, who has worked for ESPN, versatile announcer Jim Kelly, 11-year NFL player Richard Baldinger, NFL on FOX veteran Scott Graham, former University of Michigan tight end Derrick Walker, broadcasting veteran Ron Thulin, and former Ohio State running back Butler By’not’e

“We are tremendously pleased to add such a talented group of broadcasters to our game-day lineup,” network president Mark Silverman said in a press release. “I have no doubt that fans will enjoy their expertise and knowledge on Big Ten Network football Saturdays.”

The announcers join the previously released studio team of Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith and the game-day broadcast teams of Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis, Wayne Larrivee and Chris Martin.

“This is a great blend of play-by-play announcers and analysts who bring terrific experience from both on and off the field,” Executive Producer Leon Schweir said in the release. “Each one of these individuals will enhance the quality of the Big Ten Network’s football coverage.”

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