For rookie announcer Battier, a very public learning curve

March 11, 2015 9:39 PM

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Rarely has a recently retired athlete stepped right into such a high-profile television role as Shane Battier did this season on ESPN's "Big Monday" ACC games. And he's doing so in an era when every stammer can be instantly dissected on social media.

"Deer in the headlights" is how Battier describes his December debut, immediately thrust in front of more than 1.3 million viewers for a matchup between top-15 teams: Ohio State-Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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