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Oklahoma football: Fans hearing old voices on telecasts

by Berry Tramel Published: November 9, 2012

From the department of strange but true comes this nugget courtesy of media observer Josh Bostic. The Sooners this season have played four games that were televised with play-by-play announcers who also called OU football before the Bob Stoops era.

That’s at least 14 years ago.

Mike Patrick did the ABC play-by-play for the OU-Iowa State game. Patrick is a long-timer in the business — he was the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Football from 1987-2006. Patrick called the OU at Texas Tech opener in 1992 on ESPN.

Brent Musburger did the play-by-play for the OU-Notre Dame game. Musburger has been around for 40 years and called a bunch of major events. Musburger called a variety of pre-Stoops OU games, including the 1987 OU-Nebraska game.

Bill Land called the OU-Florida A&M game on pay-per-view. Land has been a fixture on Southwest sporting telecasts for many years. He called the 1993 OU-TCU game on HSE, a forerunner of Fox Sports Net.

Brad Nessler called the OU-Texas game. Nessler has been a CBS or ABC/ESPN announcer for 20 years. He currently calls The NFL Network’s Thursday night telecasts. Nessler called the 1997 OU-Texas game on ABC.
Other play-by-play TV voices on Sooner games this season:
Texas-El Paso: Fox Sports’ Mike Morgan.
Kansas State: Big Fox’s Gus Johnson.
Texas Tech: ABC’s Sean McDonough (who in a previous life partnered with Ed Cunningham on CBS college football. Cunningham was the villain who trashed the Belldozer while calling OU-ISU last week.).
Kansas:  Fox Sports Net’s Joel Meyers.
Baylor: Fox Sports Net’s Steve Physioc.
by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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