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One Dave Survives Southeastern Conference TV Move

Saturday, July 11, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 5:04 PM, under , , , , , , ,

For as many years as I can remember, the Jefferson Pilot Sports/Lincoln Financial Sports/Raycom Sports on-air talent for Southeastern Conference Football was known as the "Three Daves". After Bob Kessling left the TV booth in the mid-1990s, the lead crew was always three Daves.

First, there was Dave Neal, Dave Rowe, and Dave "Buzz" Baker. Two years ago, when Dave Rowe was sidelined because of a life-threatening illness, the team became Dave Neal, Dave Archer, and Dave "Buzz" Baker. When ESPN acquired the SEC contract last year, many wondered who would be in the booth come this fall.

Well the answer is here, and the "Three Dave" legacy is gone. ESPN has announced that Dave Neal is the only one coming over for the syndication package. He will be joined in the booth by Andre Ware, with Cara Capuano on the sideline.

The New SEC Broadcast Team: With ESPN taking over the
Southeastern Conference Syndicated television package,
the on-air talent willl also change. Dave Neal returns in
the play-by-play role, Andre Ware joins as the on-air
analyst, and Cara Capuano will be on the sidelines.

Following in the footsteps of Dick Enberg, "Cappy" Capuano graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from University of California San Diego in 1995. She spent a year working on her doctorate at UCLA before deciding to leave the laboratory and pursue her dream career in sportscasting (from Wikipedia).

Here is the full on-air team for the 2009-2010 Southeastern Conference syndication package being managed by ESPN Regional, as well as ESPNU coverage.

2009-2010 ESPN Assignments for Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football

ESPNU SEC Saturday primetime
- Eric Collins & Brock Huard

SEC Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games) - Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano

SEC syndication studio - Rob Stone & Matt Stinchcomb

SEC Weekly (ESPNU) - Cara Capuano, Matt Stinchcomb, David Pollack or Charles Arbuckle

Photo Credits

Dave Neal Photograph Copyright 2007-2009 by Eye On Sports Media/The Cayuga Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Andre Ware Photograph Courtesy KILT Radio.

Care Capuano Photograph Copyright by Jaden Alexander. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Posted July 11, 2009

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