COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Thursday morning, Texas A&M announced that longtime football and men’s basketball radio play-by-play man Dave South would be retiring at the end of this season.
For Aggies everywhere, this hurts. South’s iconic voice has told the story of Texas A&M’s achievements on the football field for the past 31 seasons.
He was a first-hand observer of the “Wrecking Crew” throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s under R.C. Slocum. He voiced the legendary Heisman-winning season of Johnny Manziel. Perhaps his most famous call of all was in the 1998 Big 12 championship game upset of Kansas State: “He got a touchdown! He got a touchdown! He got a touchdown! Oh, Doctor!”
Growing up as an Aggie, Dave South’s is the voice of my memories of not only football but all Aggies athletics. In the days of the Big 12, not every A&M game was on TV, but missing the action was not an option. South’s noticeable southern drawl always was there to describe the action.
For me, the most iconic South call was not in the 1998 Big 12 championship when Sirr Parker dashed for the pylon to end the game in overtime. Mine came about 14 years later, when Manziel was in Tuscaloosa. I can still hear South’s call in my head as I type, as the Aggies conjured “lightning in a bottle in Tuscaloosa; how about that?”
South, 71, released a statement, thanking fans, coaches and players alike.
“To the coaches, athletes, staff and athletic directors, our experiences together over these many years have created a lifetime of wonderful memories. If memories were memorabilia, there wouldn’t be a room big enough to hold my collection.”
South will not wander far from Aggies athletics in retirement. In fact, he’s not fully retiring, as he plans to continue his duties as the voice of Texas A&M baseball on a year-to-year basis. No plans have been announced as to who will replace South as the football and men’s basketball play-by-play announcer.
The replacement, though, has a lot to live up to.
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