If there’s one thing SEC fans love to complain about, it’s beloved broadcasters. That has not slowed down at all in Verne Lundquist’s final season.
However, this was Lundquist’s final time calling the “World’s Largest Cocktail Party” between Florida and Georgia in Jacksonville. Bizarre coaching decisions in the South Carolina-Tennessee game ultimately allowed a major upset, but it didn’t prevent Rod Gilmore from being blown away.
Check out some of the top broadcast storylines from Week 9’s games:
One last Cocktail Party
With legendary announcer Verne Lundquist retiring at the end of the year, Saturday marked the final time he would call a Florida-Georgia game. He became the fifth individual inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame the night before. His calling the game was, as usual, met with mixed response.
I am really going to miss hearing Verne Lundquist welcome us to SEC football on CBS on Saturday afternoons.
— Bobby Walters (@BPWalt12) October 29, 2016
They gave Verne Lundquist a send-off farewell thank you announcement at the stadium today. Half of the crowd booed.
— Joey V (@Joey_SportsTalk) October 30, 2016
Not a lot of people will say it, but I will.
I am going to miss Verne Lundquist next season.
— Austin Peacock (@austinbpeacock) October 29, 2016
— Robby Thomas (@takemyjobrob) October 30, 2016
Of course, Saturday was a final opportunity for Florida and Georgia fans to rag on Lundquist messing up calls and names during this game, and they absolutely did.
— Michael Stone Ⓥ (@Michael__Stone) October 29, 2016
Verne Lundquist just told the world UGA's FG was first offensive points vs. UF all year. Tennessee anybody? No wonder you're retiring.
— Matthew (@MattyIceNichols) October 29, 2016
But whatever anyone says, we’re all going to miss hearing “Uncle Verne” call games on Saturdays.
Last Chance U appearance
Ole Miss and Auburn faced off on Saturday in Brent Musburger’s first time calling a game in Oxford, Miss. The game featured a couple of players who played at East Mississippi Community College, which was featured in the Netflix documentary “Last Chance U.”
Ole Miss starting QB Chad Kelly played at the school and received a cameo appearance in the documentary, but reserve Auburn QB John Franklin III was the star. Musburger tried to make clear several times that he’s seen the series.
.@Brittany_MSgirl Brent Musburger was all about some Last Chance U on the play called tonight! Presented Jesse Palmer with an EMCC Jersey!
— William Ryan (@willy_2887) October 30, 2016
While they were calling the game, someone also brought EMCC jerseys up to the press box for Musburger and Jesse Palmer – though they were a little on the small side.
— Cade Wilkerson (@KingWilk) October 30, 2016
The broadcast crew also met up with academic advisor Brittany Wagner, who was perhaps the biggest protagonist of the series, after the game. She was there on the sideline to watch.
— Brittany Wagner (@Brittany_MSgirl) October 30, 2016
Strange Gamecocks game
ESPN’s Rod Gilmore was on the call for South Carolina’s matchup with Tennessee, and there was a whole lot to take in. Butch Jones and Will Muschamp both had bizarre calls down the stretch, which ultimately allowed South Carolina to pull out the victory.
Oh god Rod Gilmore is going to break his mind tonight attempting to rationalize the decisions of Butch Jones and Will Muschamp
— Pumpkin Spice Gary (@DrNorrisCamacho) October 30, 2016
lol at Rod Gilmore on South Carolina's decisions. "Huh."
— jason (@JasonKirkSBN) October 30, 2016
Will Muschamp just made Rod Gilmore go "Huh" on tv
— Keef (@keithmh_) October 30, 2016
After Tennessee’s touchdown to cut the lead to 24-21 with more than 9 minutes left, South Carolina managed to burn 3:13 despite gaining just 15 yards. The next play after the punt, Josh Dobbs threw a mind-boggling interception, which allowed South Carolina to burn the clock down to less than a minute. Tennessee was only able to attempt a field goal from 58 yards.
Rod Gilmore says Tennessee's season just turned "very sad." That's about right.
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) October 30, 2016
Of course, no week would be complete without teams of each fan base complaining that the announcers were biased against them.
@RodGilmore You should listen to your call of the SC game. It seems that you have a biased towards the visiting team when you call SC games.
— Brian Marquis (@SoldierMarquis) October 30, 2016
— Joey Lee (@tngopvoice) October 30, 2016