McDonough and ESPN reported "mutually agreed" that he'd head back to college football during pigskin season. He will no longer call Monday Night Football.
So the move of Sean McDonough from play-by-play duties on Monday Night Football to college football represents an obvious demotion.
McDonough had been calling the Monday night National Football League game the past two seasons, paired with Jon Gruden.
Stephanie Druley, an ESPN senior vice president, called McDonough "a highly-skilled broadcaster who brings great passion, energy and work ethic to every game he calls".
So at this point, ESPN's entire Monday Night Football booth is open.
Tessitore has been with ESPN since 2002, calling boxing and then college football. How the exit of McDonough, who was solid in his two-year stint alongside Gruden despite college sports being his true wheelhouse, could affect Manning's thinking is unknown.
It's unknown what the 55-year-old announcer has been at ESPN/ABC since 2000. As CBS's lead Major League Baseball broadcast voice in 1992 and 1993, he called the All-Star Game, the National League Championship Series and the World Series. He only spent two seasons in the National Football League, but the college game will certainly welcome the talented play-by-play man back with open arms.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting Friday night that play-by-play man Sean McDonough won't be part of the broadcast moving forward either. This would mean that Tessitore and McDonough will swap roles between Monday Nioght Football and ESPN's #2 College Football broadcasts.