College football broadcasting roundtable; best of 2013

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Brent Musburger (right) and Kirk Herbstreit (left) are a great team even when visited by odd guests.

Brent Musburger (right) and Kirk Herbstreit (left) are a great team even when visited by odd guests.

ESPN's Beth Mowins (left) possesses an impressive range of versatility in the broadcast booth.

ESPN's Beth Mowins (left) possesses an impressive range of versatility in the broadcast booth.

10g. William Taaffe was a pioneer in this space, a gifted writer and reporter who won a National Headliners Award for best national magazine column for his work covering the sports media as a Sports Illustrated staffer in the 1980s. He was also a staff editor at the New York Times sports desk for more than seven years. I learned today that Taaffe passed away at age 70 on Dec. 12. He will be missed by many at SI and beyond. Here's a piece Taaffe wrote on Dick Vitale in May 1984.