Today is a sad day for Misssissippi State fans, the state of Misssissippi and the SEC.
(Jack missed one football game in 58 years!)
Last night at the close of the MSU-LSU basketball broadcast, the school’s longtime football and basketball voice Jack Cristil announced he was stepping down after 58 years behind the mic in Starkville.
Here’s the text of Cristil’s remarks:
“All good things, as they say in the trade, must come to an end sooner or later,” Cristil said. “Please accept my genuine, my honest and heartfelt thank you for the kindness that you have displayed to me during my 58 years. It has been one genuine pleasure to be associated with such a magnificent university.
“The reason that I’m stepping down at this particular point – in conference with my physicians, Dr. Martin Lee in particular, it has been determined because of a deteriorating health situation which I’m experiencing it is necessary for me to immediately start some kidney dialysis.
“The Mississippi State University family is second to none. And as family I know you understand. Thank you very much, and may God’s blessings be upon you.”
I hate to see Cristil go but he exited with the style and grace that characterized his amazing run at State. I worked in the SEC for several years covering Georgia - as a student - and South Carolina as host of Gamecock football broadcasts in the ’90s and always remember the respect everyone had for Cristil as a professional and person.
I’m guessing there’a lot of State fans out there whose first memories as children was the voice of Cristil calling a Mississippi State game. As a University of Georgia alumnus, losing Larry Munson as the school’s sports voice was like losing a family member.
I can’t imagine State fans feel any differently.
Here’s a link to Mississippi State’s official announcement of Cristil’s departure and audio from his announcement.
I also added audio of Cristil’s comments last night, courtesy the good folks at Learfield Sports, to Youtube for posterity.