Jim Hawthorne, the legendary radio voice of LSU sports who retired this past season, has been found and is safe after being unreachable for nearly 24 hours. Torrential rains in Louisiana have caused widespread flooding in Baton Rouge and beyond, making communication difficult.
Jim Hawthorne has been rescued. He's safe. Thanks for all of the help.
— Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette) August 14, 2016
Hawthorne, 72, had been the Tigers’ play-by-play football voice since 1983, and he also began calling men’s basketball games with the 1979-80 season. He had called 387 consecutive Tigers football games before a medical procedure last November forced him to miss last season’s LSU-Alabama game.
Per Nola.com‘s Ron Higgins, AT&T does not have any service in Baton Rouge and Hawthorne has an AT&T cell phone. All of the other homes in Hawthorne’s subdivision had been evacuated but Hawthorne and his wife decided to wait it out.