The 2017-18 season begins my 34th year of covering college athletics. Over the years, I have covered just about every major sport – college football, college basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, swimming, gymnastics, volleyball and soccer.
On Aug. 26, 2017, I began my 34th season of covering college football. I remember my first game very well. Alabama hosted Boston College at Legion Field on Sept. 8, 1984 at Legion Field. I was working as a student assistant in the Sports Information Office. I was on the field when the team ran out for the opening kickoff. My assignment was to hold the team in the tunnel until ABC Sports cued me to left them run out onto the field.
I was on the field for the second half kickoff when Kerry Goode returned the second half kickoff for the TD to give the Crimson Tide a healthy lead. Keith Dunnavant and I had been inside the dressing room setting up chairs and the podium for Ray Perkins post game press conference. Goode later suffered a season-ending injury and Doug Flutie led the Eaglers to second half comeback for a 38-31 win. That began is Heisman Trophy season, which was capped by his Miracle at Miami Hail Mary in November.
I look forward to next week as our FOX Sports Crew reassembles for a Thursday-Saturday double header in the state of Oklahoma. We will be in Stillwater on Thursday for Tulsa at Oklahoma State and Norman on Saturday for UTEP at Oklahoma.
The 2017 season will be my sixth year working talent stats alongside Joe Davis. We had two years at ESPN and this begins our fourth year at FOX Sports. Joe is also the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he replaced the legendary Vin Scully. Joe was also the youngest play-by-play announcer to call a bowl game in ESPN history when he called the Poinsettia Bowl in 2013. The ride each week is thrilling for me and I am so thankful he lets me tag along.
I also spent more than 20 years as the media relations contact for the Alabama Baseball team. I am now in research and talent stats for ESPN and the SEC Network. I have worked 31 SEC Tournaments, 23 NCAA Regionals, 9 NCAA Super Regionals and 12 College World Series.
The purpose of this blog is to share my thoughts on college athletics throughout the season. It will not just be about the games, but it will also be about the people involved, the stadiums, the towns and cities and the great food.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
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