Longtime Texas A&M play-by-play broadcaster Dave South will make the 2017 football season his last one behind the microphone. In a release from the athletic department on Thursday, the “Voice of the Aggies” is retiring from his duties of both football and men’s basketball after the season. He will still continue to broadcast Aggie baseball games on a year-to-year basis.
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The Wichita Falls native told The Eagle (Bryan/College Station) on what led him to his decision, “I got a bucket list of things that I want to do.” That bucket list includes hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and visiting Mount Rushmore.
“For most Aggie fans, Dave South is simply the Voice of Aggie Athletics,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said in a statement. “To us in the athletics department, he is much more than the radio play-by-play man. He is a part of our Aggie team and an outstanding Aggie ambassador. We appreciate all that he has done for Aggie athletics and wish he and Leanne all the best.”
“Dave is not only one of the best broadcasters in the business, but he is a true friend to Aggie football,” said head football coach Kevin Sumlin in a statement,”His loyalty is unquestioned, his commitment unmatched and he continues to have a passion for the coaches and players that he covers. We wish Dave and Leanne all the best.”
In his own statement, South thanked Aggie fans for all the memories over the years.
“To the coaches, athletes, staff and athletic directors, our experiences together over these many years have created a lifetime of wonderful memories. If memories were memorabilia, there wouldn’t be a room big enough to hold my collection.
“To the Aggies and radio listeners who have been so gracious and kind for these many years, thank you for your words, texts, emails, and letters. I am humbled by your thoughtful generosity.
“Knowing God has a plan for every day of our lives, Leanne and I look forward to the future.”
Texas A&M kicks off their football season on September 3 at UCLA.
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