Suhr Named Football Color Commentator
April 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Athletics and Indiana Sports Properties jointly announced today that Buck Suhr will join the Indiana Football Radio Network as color commentator.
Suhr, who served in the same capacity from 1997-2001, will reunite with the radio voice of the Hoosiers, Don Fischer, and Joe Smith (pre-game, post-game and halftime analysis).
"I am very excited to rejoin the Indiana Football Network alongside two Hall of Famers," Suhr said. "I will do my best to enhance the game and try to lend a coach's perspective to the broadcast. I want to thank everyone involved for the opportunity to be back contributing to Indiana Football. Go IU!"
Fischer, who will enter his 38th year as radio play-by-play voice of IU football and men's basketball, is looking forward to Suhr's return and thankful for Pete Compise's five years of service.
"I truly appreciate the professional performance that Pete brought to our broadcasts over the past five years," Fischer said. "He was excellent to work with and did a fine job. At the same time, it's wonderful to welcome Buck back into our broadcast booth. With Bloomington being his home, his familiarity with the football staff, and his established analytical skills from our previous work together, Buck is a perfect fit as we go forward on the Network."
Suhr was a member of the Hoosier football program for 18 years as a coach and administrator. He spent 12 seasons (1984-95) as running backs coach under IU's all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory, and he served on the same staff as current head coach, Bill Lynch, in 1993-94.
After his stint as running backs coach, including All-America selections Anthony Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar, Suhr was named administrative assistant to the head coach and athletic director from 1996-2001.
As running backs coach, Suhr helped direct one of the nation's most productive rushing attacks. From 1984-95, the Hoosiers had three different 1,000-yard rushers who topped that mark on six separate occasions.
In 1998, the IU offense rushed for a school-record 2,963 yards. During his tenure, Suhr coached Thompson, the 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up, Dunbar and Alex Smith, the 1994 UPI National Freshman of the Year.
Suhr and his wife, Jane, are the parents of one son, Errek, and the deceased Jenny Suhr. Errek played in 74 games and earned four letters as a guard for the IU men's basketball program from 2004-07.
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