Verne Lundquist is returning to college football. Sort of.
On Thursday, it was announced in a release that the former CBS play-by-play announcer who was a staple during SEC broadcasts will serve as the emcee for the American Athletic Conference’s media days, which start July 17 in Newport, Rhode Island. He also will “moderate roundtable discussions on national and conference-wide football matters” on July 18 with the conference’s 12 football coaches.
“It will be an honor to have Verne Lundquist with us in Newport,” American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said in the release. “Aside from being a close friend, Verne is a great broadcaster and ambassador for college football and college sports. He has called virtually every major sporting event during his distinguished career and he will bring great insight and perspective to our Summer Kickoff.”
A few things here. First, how did SEC commissioner Greg Sankey not secure Lundquist for SEC media days? And is it too late to correct this wrong?
Hop to it, Sankey.
Yes, Lundquist is doing this appearance for the American Athletic Conference. But he will always be known for his SEC work, which ended last season. Football Saturdays will feel different next fall without his voice serving as a familiar soundtrack during the SEC’s drama.