Athens, GA (Dec 28, 2007) - Longtime University of Georgia Radio Play-By-Play Announcer Larry Munson will not be calling the 2008 Sugar Bowl game to the Bulldog Nation. Although he had planned to call the game as reported in the December 17, 2007 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, health issues this past week caused Munson to change his mind.
In today's online edition of the Athens Banner-Herald, reports:
The 85-year old Munson had planned to call his first game this season outside the state of Georgia for Tuesday night's Georgia-Hawaii matchup here, but has scrapped those plans and won't make the trip.
"Larry decided not to go do the game," Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton said this morning.
Declining health forced Munson to work only home games this season and the game at Georgia Tech. Scott Howard and Eric Zeier, the team that called road games this season, will be the broadcast team for the Sugar Bowl along with sideline reporter Loran Smith.
"He was having some second thoughts on Wednesday," Howard said this morning. "He apparently had some issues this week where he wasn't able to get around very well. He told my wife that the doctor was sitting on his head. I guess it's just a mobility issue and his ability to get in and out of places with ease. It's harder and harder for him."
The fans of the Bulldog Nation will be very sad to hear this news, as it is one more step towards Munson's full retirement after 40+ years in the booth.
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