As LSU searches for a successor to long-time “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Hawthorne, the school may soon find itself in the market for a football radio analyst as well.
Doug Moreau said Tuesday that Hawthorne’s final football season this fall will likely be his also, but stressed that no decision has been made on his or LSU’s part.
“It’s probably what’s going to take place,” Moreau said. “But no one has asked me.”
Hawthorne announced in February that he is retiring, touching off a yearlong winding down of his tenure as LSU’s play-by-play voice for football, men’s basketball and baseball.
His baseball duties will conclude with the end of LSU’s appearance in the College World Series. He will call one last football season, then bid farewell for good at the end of the 2015-16 basketball season.
Hawthorne also said he wasn’t sure if Moreau will be back in 2016 with a new play-by-play announcer. LSU is interviewing candidates, with an eye to naming a new “Voice” before football season begins.
“It’s entirely up to him,” Hawthorne said of Moreau. “I don’t know when he’s going to make that decision.”
Moreau said he thinks the best solution may be that LSU unveils an entirely new football broadcast team for 2016.
“That’s probably what’s going to happen,” he said. “The transition will likely be easier.
“But I haven’t talked to anyone from LSU at all. I don’t want to make that assumption. I don’t have the right to do the broadcast. It’s a privilege to do that. I never felt like it belonged to me.
“If it would be easier for them, I would step aside.”
Moreau said he and Hawthorne spoke before the 2014 season about Hawthorne retiring last year.
“I thought that would be a good time for me to stop, too,” he said. “But at the end of the season, they asked him to do one more (football) season and do basketball and this last baseball season.”
Moreau said he doesn’t want to infringe on what is likely to become a farewell football tour of sorts for Hawthorne.
“I want to get out of the way and let him have the retirement he deserves,” Moreau said.
For generations of fans, especially those drawn to LSU football since the Tigers began their unprecedented run of 15 winning and championship-filled seasons in 2000, Hawthorne and Moreau have been the only radio voices they’ve ever known.
The two became a full-time team in the broadcast booth in 1988. Before that, Moreau worked primarily as a color analyst on TigerVision telecasts on LSU’s old in-house pay-per-view network from 1982-87.
Moreau first worked on LSU radio broadcasts from 1972-81.
An All-American in 1965, Moreau played end (wide receiver) for the Tigers from 1963-65. He played for the Miami Dolphins from their inception in 1966 through the 1970 season before beginning law school. He later served as a city court and district court judge locally and as East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney.
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