Alabama coach Nick Saban can be standoffish with the media at times, but he’s doing his part to recognize a broadcasting legend this week.
Saban will have CBS play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist as a guest on his weekly radio show Thursday night, according to The Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt.
Verne Lundquist will be the media guest on Nick Saban's radio call-in program tonight. #RealRecognizesReal
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 20, 2016
Lundquist is retiring at the end of the season, so it’s a fitting sign of respect for Saban to have him on ahead of the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s matchup with No. 6 Texas A&M.
Saban’s gesture is just one of many that SEC programs have made out of respect for the legendary broadcaster. Before the Crimson Tide’s game against Tennessee last week, Vols great Peyton Manning gave Lundquist an autographed jersey.
The 76-year-old announcer has called more than his share of epic moments in SEC games, including the Aggies’ last win over Alabama. But if Saban has his way, his team won’t send Lundquist off by letting him call another huge upset.