The Daily Sauce — March 19, 2022: FSU Legendary Commentator Gene Deckerhoff to Retire
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The Daily Sauce — March 19, 2022: FSU Legendary Commentator Gene Deckerhoff to Retire

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Lead Story

After more than 40 years in the booth, the “Voice of the Seminoles” will call it quits. Florida State football and men’s basketball radio announcer Gene Deckerhoff has announced that he will retire following next month’s football spring game.

Deckerhoff’s voice has been regarded as distinguished and unique. After beginning his TV career with the Tallahassee affiliate for ABC, Deckerhoff has served as the radio voice of FSU football since 1979. He began calling FSU basketball contests as early as 1974.

Deckerhoff has called more than 500 FSU football games and about 60% of FSU’s men’s basketball games, according to a release. In 2000, Deckerhoff was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Two years later, he earned the induction into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Football fans have listed to Deckerhoff not only on Saturdays in the fall, but on Sundays as well. Since 1989, he has also served as the voice of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to a release, Deckerhoff has been named Florida Sportscaster of the Year 14 times. He has also been the co-host for coach’s and call-in shows for the likes of Bobby Bowden, Jimbo Fisher and Leonard Hamilton.

Over the years, Deckerhoff has been accompanied in the booth by former FSU athletes to include Vic Prinzi, Peter Tom Willis, Keith Jones, William Floyd and Adrian Crawford. FSU’s spring game is set for April 9 at 5 p.m. ET.

Between the Lines for March 18, 2022

Swimming and diving: NCAA Championships

Track and field: Hurricane Invitational

Track and field: Tiger Track Classic

Beach volleyball: (7) Grand Canyon 1, (4) FSU 3 (March to May)

Women’s tennis: (59) FSU 1, (11) Virginia 6

Men’s tennis: (34) FSU 4, (23) Notre Dame 2

Beach volleyball: (1) UCLA 3, (4) FSU 2 (March to May)

On the Agenda for March 19, 2022

Swimming and diving at NCAA Championships

Track and field at Hurricane Invitational

Track and field at Tiger Track Classic

Softball vs. Boston College, 12 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra)

Beach volleyball vs. No. 20 Tulane, 12 p.m. ET (March to May)

Baseball vs. NC State, 2 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra)

Softball vs. Boston College, 2:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra)

Beach volleyball vs. No. 15 South Carolina, 4 p.m. ET (March to May)

Rolling News and Notes

FSU baseball’s contest with NC State for Friday was postponed. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Sunday.

FSU women’s swimming and diving has failed to register a point so far at the NCAA Championships. The women’s portion wraps up on Saturday.

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