When you hear that sweet SEC on CBS jingle we all know so well, you’ll know it’s time for big-time football once again in SEC Country. But it won’t be the familiar voice of Verne Lundquist welcoming you into the broadcast.
The 77-year-old broadcasting legend will be watching right along with you, though.
Lundquist, who will be replaced by veteran play-by-play man Brad Nessler in the booth alongside Gary Danielson, retired following a farewell tour of the SEC during the 2016 football season.
On Wednesday, SB Nation’s Richard Johnson provided the college football world with an update on what Uncle Verne is up to now that he’s retired. When the subject of SEC on CBS came up, he confirmed he’d be tuning in. And critiquing.
“I’m gonna call Gary and say, ‘what the hell were you thinking? Why did you say that?’” Lundquist said per Johnson’s report.
Love or hate him, anyone who has yelled at Uncle Verne through their television set over the years has to get a chuckle out of that one.
Lundquist lives with his wife, Nancy, in Steamboat Spring, Colorado. But he’s out and about as the college football season nears. He was brought in as the emcee for the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Media Days, and reportedly will be a featured speaker on an Alaskan cruise line.
He’s also prepping for back surgery, which reportedly may keep him from his annual NCAA tournament duties for CBS.
He may be removed from the SEC broadcast team, but mention the league and the send off he received last season and it’s still likely to cause the big guy to tear up.
“I’m about to get teary-eyed,” he said to SB Nation. “The most remarkable, unexpected expression of goodwill from everybody.”
“Every stop. Every stop,” Lundquist said. “I mean, we’ve got framed jerseys, I don’t know what the hell we’re gonna do with ‘em. All the stuff is going to my alma mater when I pass. But that was — I guess it was the unexpected nature of it. It started with A&M-UCLA and Kevin Sumlin. And he gave me a pair of cowboy boots and a framed No. 12 jersey, and if you grow up in Texas like I did, you understand …”
Here’s a look back at Lundquist’s farewell to college football fans following his final call of the Army-Navy game: