Dan Dierdorf Joins Jim Brandstatter To Call Michigan Football
April 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM (PT)
Analyst JIM BRANDSTATTER will move to the play-by-play mic and NFL Hall of Famer DAN DIERDORF will join as analyst for UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN football on the MICHIGAN IMG RADIO NETWORK, the school and IMG COLLEGE announced TODAY (4/17). BRANDSTATTER has been color commentator on WOLVERINES game broadcasts for 34 years and replaces the retired FRANK BECKMANN; DIERDORF retired from CBS television's NFL coverage after last season. BRANDSTATTER and DIERDORF were teammates at MICHIGAN for two seasons, 1969 and 1970, with DIERDORF starting at tackle and BRANDSTATTER backing him up.
Coach BRADY HOKE said, "JIM and DAN are hall of fame broadcasters and great MICHIGAN men. They will provide a unique perspective to the broadcasting booth that I'm sure our fans will enjoy on football SATURDAYs, and you can guarantee they will have a keen analysis of MICHIGAN Football on each broadcast."
DIERDORF said, "I'm so excited to be able to come back to my alma mater and contribute in this manner. This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from network television. It's a chance to return to the city where BUMP (ELLIOTT) gave me an opportunity to play for the greatest program in the world and BO (SCHEMBECHLER) made me a man.
"I was always jealous of JIM calling games at MICHIGAN and often said that one of my goals was to come back and call a couple of series with him. To work with one of my best friends, someone that I've known my entire adult life, is really special, and I'm looking forward to getting in the booth with JIM this fall."
BRANDSTATTER said, "I'm really excited about the challenge of moving to play-by-play. I have huge shoes to fill, but I have learned so much from the great ones I've worked with and I can't wait to get started. And, it's MICHIGAN Football... it doesn't get any better than that!
"DAN knows the game inside and out and is an outstanding broadcaster. First and foremost, he loves Michigan Football, but he's also a good friend, a teammate, an NFL Hall of Famer, and we have fun when we're together. I just hope the listeners have as good a time as we expect to have broadcasting MICHIGAN victories this fall."
IMG COLLEGE VP of Broadcasting CHRIS FERRIS said, "We are more than excited to have two great MICHIGAN men who are great broadcasters teaming up to paint the picture for the fans listening each week to the MICHIGAN IMG SPORTS NETWORK."