It appears the University of Alabama will have changes coming in its radio booth this fall. Color analyst Phil Savage announced he is stepping down after nine years of calling Crimson Tide football. Longtime fan favorite Kenny Stabler was not easy to replace, but Savage was well received during his time in Tuscaloosa.
A native of Mobile, AL, Savage most recently served as executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
“Coach Mal Moore and the Crimson Tide Sports Network gave me an opportunity to audition during the 2009 A-Day game. Little did we know that one game would turn into nine incredible years as the color analyst alongside (play-by-play announcer) Eli Gold,” Savage said in a statement.
During his time in the booth, Savage has seen an unprecedented five Bama national championships with Alabama ranked at the top of almost all of the 2018 preseason polls.
Recently, Savage was named the General Manager of the Phoenix football franchise of the upstart Alliance of American Football League. The move didn’t come as a surprise as Savage has stints as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns and Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens under his belt.
“Thank you to Jim Carabin and the entire CTSN team for your constant support, to Coach Nick Saban, all of the coaches, players and staff members for making this such a memorable experience and to all of our listeners across the state, nation and around the world for tuning in each and every Saturday,” Savage added.
A 1986 graduate of the University of Alabama, Savage served as a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide under head coach Bill Curry from 1987-1989.
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