Monday, January 25, 2010
Veteran Fiala out on Nebraska radio broadcasts
By ESPN.com staff
Former Nebraska player and veteran broadcaster Adrian Fiala is out on Nebraska's radio broadcasts, ending a 14-year association as the network's color analyst.
Several Nebraska newspapers reported Monday that Dave Witty, the vice president and general manager of the Cornhuskers' radio network, has decided to go with a two-man team in the booth for Nebraska games for the 2010 season. The grouping will include play-by-play announcer Greg Sharpe and analyst and former Nebraska wide receiver Matt Davison. Lane Grindle will continue doing sideline reports.
"It's always tough when you're talking about somebody who’s been part of the broadcast that long and somebody who I respect and always have had a good relationship with,” Witty told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “It’s just that at some point you have to do what you think is right.
"You obviously get feedback from lots of different people and sources. You take all the feedback and you have to make decisions at the end of the year, and that was the decision that was made.”
Fiala is a Lincoln-based attorney who is heavily involved in insurance and investments. The former All-Big Eight linebacker and catcher at Nebraska has one of the longest tenures of any Big 12 broadcaster.
It's a little surprising that the Cornhuskers decided to let go of one of the remaining links to the Bob Devaney era. The Nebraska broadcasts won't be quite the same without Fiala involved in them.