Mississippi State U. Sports Radio Legend Jack Cristil To Retire
February 24, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
SATURDAY's MISSISSIPI STATE UNIVERSITY men's basketball game will be longtime BULLDOGS radio voice JACK CRISTIL's last behind the mic. The JACKSON CLARION-LEDGER reports that CRISTIL, 85, told listeners after WEDNESDAY's loss to LSU that he would be retiring after 58 years calling football and 54 years calling men's basketball due to health concerns and pending kidney dialysis.
"Doing this treatment will restrict me to the point where I cannot represent this university the way that it should be represented," said CRISTIL. "And when I cannot do that, I have told many people over the years that I would step aside. Now it's time to step aside."
“JACK CRISTIL has connected with generations of BULLDOG fans and is an icon for all who love the Maroon and White,” Director of Athletics SCOTT STRICKLIN said. “No school’s broadcaster is as synonymous with their institution as JACK CRISTIL is with MISSISSIPPI STATE. JACK’s decision leaves a large void. All Mississippians appreciate his dedication and sacrifice, and he will always be the Voice of the BULLDOGS.”
Analyst JIM ELLIS will take over as play-by-play voice for the remainder of the season, with a permanent decision on a new play-by-play announcer to come.