Athens, GA (October 11, 2008) - The CBS Sports "SEC on CBS" college football broadcast team appeared today for the first of their four assigned games this season. They were assigned to the Tennessee at Georgia matchup. But aside from the fact that they were listed in the CBS Sports press releases as the assigned team this week, you did not hear much about them or from them. In fact, the CBS release included quotes about the game from "A Team" analyst Gary Danielson, but nary a peep from the "B team". So who was this team in the shadows today?
Craig Bolerjack was the play by play man for the broadcast. He joined CBS Sports in 1998 as a college football and NFL play-by-play announcer. He also is the play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Utah Jazz. He has served as the play-by-play announcer for the 2001 NCAA Women's Gymnastic Championships and covered play-by-play for the 2001 U.S. Freestyle Ski Championships. olerjack came to CBS from ESPN where he was a college basketball play-by-play commentator (1991-98) and added college football duties in 1994. Bolerjack’s credits at ESPN include the NIT, NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, Arena Football, as well as the Liberty and Independence Bowl games. Prior to ESPN, he served as the sports anchor for KSL-TV in Salt Lake City (1985-98).
Bolerjack began his broadcasting career in 1981 at KTSB-TV in Topeka, Kan., as a weekend anchor and then moved to KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kan. the following year. Bolerjack is a 1981 Kansas State graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism and marketing. (Source: CBSSports.com)
Steve Beurlein is the color analyst on the team. He joined CBS Sports as a game analyst for THE NFL ON CBS in August 2004. A 17-year veteran of the NFL, he had his best year in 1999 with the Carolina Panthers passing for 4,436 yards to earn his first career passing title. In 1999, he became one of only 11 quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a season. In the same year he was selected to his first Pro Bowl, becoming the second-oldest quarterback to be selected to a Pro Bowl team. Beuerlein holds the Carolina Panthers record for most touchdowns as he threw 86 touchdown passes in his five-year career, more than other Carolina quarterbacks, Kerry Collins, Rodney Peete and Jack Delhomme combined.
During his career, Beuerlein played in 147 games and started 102. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round (26th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. Beuerlein spent two years with the Dallas Cowboys after being traded in 1991. He played with the Arizona/Phoenix Cardinals (1993-1994) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1995) before being acquired by the Panthers in 1996. Beuerlein played his final two years with the Denver Broncos before retiring before the 2004 season.Beuerlein graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in American Studies. He held nearly every Notre Dame passing and total offense record at the time of his graduation in 1987. (Source: CBS Sports.com)
Steve Scheer is the producer on the crew. A 10-time Emmy Award winner, Scheer began working at CBS in Auguts 1982, when he was just 23 years old. Since that time, he has worked on the NBA Finals, four Super Bowls, the Daytona 500, NASCAR, the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville and Lillehammer, Major League Baseball's Divisional Playoffs and World Series (three times) and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. He has worked all but one Final Four since he was hired at CBS. In addition, he has worked at the Orange, Cotton, Sun and Fiesta Bowls. He has been CBS's on-site representative for the NCAA Basketball Selection Show since 1996.
In 2007, he was honored by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) with the Jake Wade Award. The honor annually goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the media to the field of intercollegiate athletics. Scheer is a 1980 graduate of Fordham, where he ran the hockey program and worked for student station WFUV. (Source: CoSIDA)
Jim Cornell is the director on the crew. Cornell splits his time between this crew and the NFL, where he directs games covered by Bill Macatee and Steve Beurlein. Cornell joined CBS Sports as a Broadcast Associate in the early 1990's (maybe even the late 1980's, cannot remember for sure).
Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beuerlein, and Jim Cornell Photographs Copyright 2008 by Eye on Sports Media/The Cayuga Group. All Rights Reserved.
Steve Scheer Photograph Courtesy CoSIDA.