A veteran broadcaster and the longtime lead game analyst for FOX Sports’ college football coverage, Charles Davis moves into the NFL booth full-time for the 2015 season. A member of the FOX Sports family since 2006, Davis’s signature broadcast style combines detailed preparation with an easy-to-understand delivery, making him exceedingly popular among audiences across the country. Also possessing an extensive background in the game of golf, Davis was added to FOX Sports’ USGA coverage team in 2015 and served as an on-course reporter during the U.S. Open Championship.
EXPERIENCE IN BIG GAMES
Davis settled quickly into his role as the top analyst on FOX’s college football coverage, as he was almost immediately included in the broadcasts for some of the network’s biggest games. He was on the call for three consecutive BCS National Championship games between 2007-09, also covering the 2008 Sugar Bowl and 2009 Orange Bowl. Perhaps Davis’s most memorable broadcast experience with FOX came as he was in the booth for underdog Boise State’s thrilling, come-from-behind victory over perennial powerhouse Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, in which the Broncos executed the “Statue of Liberty” play for the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime. Prior to joining FOX, Davis worked five seasons as the lead analyst for TBS’s college football game coverage of the Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences. During that time, he also worked as a game analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Arena Football League from 2003-06. He has also covered the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for CBS, the NBA playoffs for TNT and both BIG EAST and Conference USA basketball for ESPN Plus’ regional coverage.
FOUR YEARS AS A VOLUNTEER
A four-year starter as a defensive back for the University of Tennessee from 1983-86, Davis appeared in 39 games and posted 234 tackles (146 solo), 13 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. Following his career at Tennessee, he signed as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys and participated in the club’s 1987 training camp.
LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL
After retiring from football, Davis performed a variety of different roles during the 1990s. He served as an assistant athletic director at Stanford University, director of the United States Olympic Training Center and also became the first African-American tournament director in PGA Tour history when he ran the Disney Golf Classic from 1998-2000. Aside from his duties as a game analyst for FOX, he stays connected to the sport year-round, intensifying his study of players who are eligible for the annual NFL Draft at the conclusion of each college football season. With a regular place on the NFL Network’s draft lead-up programming, Davis has gained notoriety and positive reviews for his depth of familiarity with prospects across all ranges of the draft. He has staffed each of the last eight Senior Bowls and NFL Combines, and has also been a part of NFLN’s live draft weekend coverage since 2007.
Given name Charles Franklin Davis…Born in Elizabethton, Tenn. …Married, wife’s name is Lisa, and they have two children, a daughter, Taylor, and a son, Parker…Earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tennessee and also completed his master’s in history while at the school…In his free time, he enjoys being with his family and reading, naming the political and historical genres as his favorites.