Tim Brando


Tim Brando

Tim Brando (b. February 27, 1956, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a radio and CBS Sports and Fox Sports Net studio host and play-by-play announcer.

From 1983-86, Brando served as a sports reporter at WAFB-TV Baton Rouge and was the voice of LSU basketball telecasts on Tigervision. From 1986-94, he served as a studio host for "SportsCenter", for ESPN's college football halftime show, and for the network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. In 1994, he provided play-by-play for TNT's coverage of the NBA Playoffs.

In 1995, Brando joined CBS Sports as a play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and has served as the host of "College Football Today", which is the broadcast network home of SEC football. He also provides play-by-play for "The NFL on CBS". In addition to his CBS duties, Brando also calls game for Jefferson Pilot's coverage of the SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference basketball telecasts. He also hosts "The Tim Brando Show" which airs weekday afternoons from 4pm-7pm (Eastern) on Sporting News Radio.

During the 2002 college football season, in the Sporting News, Tim Brando called Ohio State a bad 12-0 team and said "When they lose to Michigan they'll be a bad 12-1 team."

Instead, OSU beat Michigan 14-9. Despite that, Brando then picked Miami to easily defeat the Buckeyes 48-10 in the Fiesta Bowl. [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_50_226/ai_95765423] Ohio State led much of that game and finally defeated the Miami Hurricanes in overtime to win the 2002 BCS National Championship.

In 1989, Brando, who loves game shows, was a finalist to host the NBC version of "Wheel of Fortune", but that job went to former San Diego Chargers placekicker Rolf Benirschke. Benirschke would host the show only for several months; Bob Goen replaced him and continued in that capacity until NBC cancelled it in 1991.

Brando called the four games in Tampa during the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where for the first time ever, all 4 lower seeded teams won in the same venue on the same day.

Brando attended Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana-Monroe). He graduated from Fair Park High School in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1974. Even then Tim was known as someone who could "talk the ears off a mule." Brando lives in Shreveport with his wife, Terri. They have two daughters; Tiffany (25) and Tara (17).


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