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Mike Tirico & Dhani Jones join 2016 Notre Dame Football on NBC broadcast team


Tue, Aug 30th 2016 02:20 pm

Tirico and Jones join Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie, Kathryn Tappen and Liam McHugh for NBC's coverage of Fighting Irish football

Mike Tirico and veteran NFL linebacker Dhani Jones will join Notre Dame Football on NBC play-by-play announcer Dan Hicks, analyst Doug Flutie, sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen, and pre-game and halftime show host Liam McHugh for NBC's coverage of the 2016 Notre Dame Football season.

Tirico will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the Fighting Irish's first three matchups of the season on NBC, against Nevada, Michigan State and Duke, while lead Notre Dame on NBC announcer Hicks is on assignment for NBC Sports Group's coverage of the Fed-Ex Cup Playoffs.

It was announced Monday that Tirico will also serve as host of NBC's "Football Night In America." Hicks will return to the Notre Dame Football on NBC broadcast booth for the Fighting Irish's final four games of the season on NBC, against Stanford, Miami, Army and Virginia Tech.

Heisman Trophy winner Flutie will once again serve as lead analyst for NBC's coverage of the Notre Dame season, and will be joined by sideline reporter Tappen.

Jones, an 11-year NFL veteran and former University of Michigan linebacker, will join the NBC broadcast team as a pre-game and halftime show analyst. Jones will work alongside Notre Dame Football on NBC pre-game and halftime show host McHugh.

NBC Sports Group and Notre Dame will kick off the 26th season of Notre Dame Football on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday, Sept. 10 (3:30 p.m. ET), from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

NBC Sports' coverage of Notre Dame Football is highlighted by primetime match-ups vs. 2015 College Football Playoff semifinalist Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 17 (7:30 p.m.), and 2015 Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champion Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.). In addition, coverage includes games against Duke on Saturday, Sept. 24 (3:30 p.m.); Miami on Saturday, Oct. 29 (3:30 p.m.); and Virginia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 19 (3:30 p.m.).

For the eighth consecutive year, NBC Sports will also present coverage of the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame Football's annual home-away-from-home series. The 2016 Shamrock Series will feature Notre Dame hosting Army on Saturday, Nov. 12 (3:30 p.m.), from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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