Big 12: Lyell Bremser
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
I came across an interesting list of the top 50 broadcasters in history, which was released earlier this week by the American Sportscasters Association. And by my count, at least 12 of the selections had some connection at one point in their careers with Big 12 football or earlier derivations of Big 12 schools in previous conferences.
The most notable inclusions are two announcers who made much of their livelihood broadcasting college football over the years. Keith Jackson of ABC Sports was listed as No. 8 in the poll. He provided a homey, traditionalist feel that really matched the sport. During his career, he often broadcast games from the old Big Eight and Southwest conferences. He punctuated his career with the broadcast of the memorable 2006 Rose Bowl national championship game between Texas and USC.
The late Chris Schenkel was listed at No. 25. He was the voice of NCAA Football when I was growing up in the 1960s and 70s. I still remember his broadcast of the legendary game between Nebraska and Oklahoma in 1971. And I feel fortunate that I've got a battered VHS tape of that game somewhere buried in my personal effects.
And current ABC-ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger is listed at No. 44. He broadcasts most key Big 12 games and was at the conference's championship game in Kansas City last month. Although he's worked almost every sport during his career, college football seems to be a special passion for him.
Here's a look at the members of the top 50 with links to the Big 12 schools during their careers.
- Curt Gowdy (No. 4) -- Broadcast Oklahoma A&M and Oklahoma football and basketball games before leaving for the New York Yankees and other assignments.
- Keith Jackson (No. 8) -- Longtime voice of ABC's NCAA football.
- Jack Buck (No. 11) -- Occasionally called Missouri football games while working at KMOX radio in St. Louis.
- Ted Husing (No. 12) -- Broadcast college football games on CBS radio in the 1930s and 1940s.
- Harry Caray (No. 18) -- Occasionally served as play-by-play announcer for Missouri in the 1960s.
- Bill Stern (No. 20) -- Prime radio voice for college football on NBC Radio in the 1930s and 1940s.
- Chris Schenkel (No. 25) -- Voice of ABC's college football package in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Ray Scott (No. 28) -- Although more widely known for his work with the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s on CBS, he was a radio play-by-play announcer for Nebraska in the early 1980s.
- Harry Kalas (No. 41) -- Before becoming the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, worked for the Houston Astros. While there, he called Southwest Conference football games.
- Brent Musburger (No. 44) -- Still calling Big 12 football games with ABC and ESPN.
- Pat Summerall (No. 45) -- While more widely known for his NFL broadcasts, he occasionally has called college games, most recently this year's Cotton Bowl.
- Merle Harmon (No. 46) -- An early play-by-play announcer for Kansas in the early 1950s.
I was a little disappointed that a couple of college football radio voices from back in the day weren't included. Kern Tipps, the legendary Texas broadcaster, deserved inclusion. And while Nebraska broadcaster Lyell Bremser didn't receive much national acclaim, Cornhusker fans still revere his memory and consider him the gold standard in broadcasters. You can still download his voice for telephone ring tones to this day.
Anybody else with a connection to the Big 12 merit entry onto the list? You can rank the top sportscasters yourself here.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State