SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy makes it a point to call a few events on the road every year. Tonight he’s in Columbia, Mo., for the SEC duel featuring Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), his first college football assignment of the season. He’ll be joined in Memorial Stadium by analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Tom Luginbill.
Levy is no stranger to college football booths: From 1999-2002, he was the play-by-play voice for games on ESPN2. He spoke to Front Row about the lure of describing live action.
What draws you to continue to work play-by-play on a few events each year?
I really enjoy play-by-play. I love the feel of the energy from the crowds and being in a part of the country that I might not have seen before. I love being in the middle of the action where I can continue to keep my perspective of how difficult it is to play these sports. Play-by-play and anchoring are on such opposite ends of the spectrum. I’m going to do a three-and-a-half-hour telecast and totally invest my energy into these two teams that will end up being about 90-seconds on SportsCenter. I firmly believe getting on the road once or twice a year helps me be a better SportsCenter anchor.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) November 1, 2013
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