Mississippi State has rounded out its reshuffled radio broadcast team, and Bart Gregory couldn't be more excited.
"I grew up 30 miles from campus. To have the opportunity, like you said, a dream come true," he said.
MSU announced today that Gregory, a native of Nanih Waiya and State grad, will assume color analyst duties for men's basketball, joining play-by-play man Jim Ellis. Ellis moved into that role after longtime announcer Jack Cristil retired in March.
"Just kind of shocked. I guess that's the word right there, is complete shock," Gregory said. "Evidently they dipped to the bottom of the barrel and couldn't find anybody else."
As previously announced, Gregory will also aid Ellis on baseball broadcasts. Gregory had been doing play-by-play for women's basketball and occasionally filled in on men's basketball and baseball games, and he'll continue to serve as MSU's assistant athletics director for annual giving.
The 34-year-old was first hired by MSU in 2000 – by Ellis – selling sponsorships for the Bulldog Sports Network.
Gregory has already been by to see Cristil, who's undergoing dialysis for a faulty kidney, and told him the news.
"I knew he wouldn't probably find out from Twitter or anything like that, but anyway, I wanted to be able to tell him and thank him for everything he's done for me," said Gregory. "It's great to see him. He's really in great spirits and looks really good and sounds really good. He leaves some big shoes to fill."
Taking over women's basketball duties will be Jason Crowder, an MSU grad and sports director at WFCA, the school's flagship station. He's been play-by-play announcer for East Mississippi Community College since 2009 and has filled in on MSU broadcasts in baseball, softball and women's hoops.
So, here's how the MSU broadcast team looks for the 2011-12 school year.
Football: Ellis play-by-play, Matt Wyatt analyst, John Correro sideline
Men's basketball: Ellis play-by-play, Gregory analyst
Baseball: Ellis play-by-play, Gregory analyst
Women's basketball: Crowder play-by-play