Color me depressed.
The classy style of Ron Franklin, ESPN’s voice for Big 12 basketball and a longtime college football announcer, will be missed by sports fans if he goes through with plans to retire when his network contract expires in April.
After 44 years in sportscasting and 22 years at ESPN, Franklin, said he’s “98.5 percent sure” he will retire after broadcasting the 2010 NIT championship.
First Munson, now Franklin. Damn, that’s sad. If the WWL has any class at all, it’ll let the man go out calling the Rose Bowl. (The televised broadcast, that is.) Not that I’m holding my breath.
If you want to know what the sound of college football is like, here’s Franklin’s introduction to the ’05 Georgia-Auburn game:
Uncle Ron, you’ll be missed. And if you ever decide you’d like to keep your hand in things by doing a little radio play-by-play, I’d be more than happy to help carry the water here with a little campaigning.