Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jack Cristil Steps Down In Starkville After 58 Years

The SEC was blessed with MSU play-by-play broadcaster Jack Cristil for 58 seasons

A veteran of more than 2,000 broadcasts, Cristil was completing his 54th season of handling men’s basketball play-by-play duties after finishing his 57th season of Bulldogs football.

Last night, he signed off- abruptly and immediately.

As we continue to lose guys like Ward, Munson, and Cristil, the fabric of our youth continues to disappear. The business is far different now than it was then. Due to illness, and on the advice of his physicians, Saturday’s men’s basketball game at Tennessee will be his final one.

Here's his call of the MSU-Florida game this season past...
((HT: ESPN/MSU/youtube))

From Cristil:
“The Mississippi State University family is second to none. And as family I know you understand. Thank you very much, and may God’s blessings be upon you.”

He will be missed...

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