'Voice of the Tigers' Jim Hawthorne to miss Alabama game
BATON ROUGE - Athletics officials said Jim Hawthorne, the Voice of the Tigers, will miss the first LSU football game of his 35-year career Saturday due to health issues.
The university said Hawthorne is still recovering from a successful medical procedure he had late last week. He's expected to return to broadcasting games in a couple of weeks, but will have to miss No. 4 LSU's game against No. 7 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
LSU Athletics said Patrick Wright will handle play-by-play duties in Hawthorne's absence. Gordy Rush, the sideline reporter for the LSU football broadcast, will fill in for Hawthorne at the Les Miles Radio Show on Wednesday night.
"I appreciate all of the wonderful thoughts, prayers and well-wishes from LSU fans," Hawthorne said. "The show of support has been overwhelming. It's truly humbling to have so many people call, email, and send text messages asking how I'm doing. I can't respond to all of them, but they are very much appreciated."
Hawthorne, the recipient of the 2015 Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting, announced his retirement from LSU last spring. Hawthorne is set to retire following the 2015-16 basketball season.