Waltman fills Leary’s post

Indiana has officially named Royce Waltman the color commentator for IU basketball games. The release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2010)Indiana University Sports Properties announced that celebrated collegiate basketball coach Royce Waltman will join Don Fischer in the broadcast booth as color commentator for the Hoosiers’ 2010-2011 season.  Long-time pre game and post game host Joe Smith will begin his 28th year on the broadcast team.

“Royce is one of the most highly respected coaches in his profession,” said Fischer, who is in his 38th year as the “Voice of the Hoosiers”.  “His knowledge of basketball and his background at almost every level of the game will add much to our broadcasts.”

Waltman boasts an already familiar tie to IU having served as an assistant coach with Head Coach Bobby Knight from 1982-1987.  He then become head coach for DePauw University (1988-1992), University of Indianapolis (1992-’97) and Indiana State University <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_State_University> (1997–2007).  He won 100 or more games at each of these schools and led all three to the NCAA National Tournament.  Most recently, he had returned to coaching at the high school ranks serving as assistant coach at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis.

“Royce is an accomplished collegiate coach with hometown appeal who we felt certain would be the perfect addition to work alongside Don Fischer calling Hoosier games,” said Rob Louthain, general manager for Indiana University Sports Properties (IUSP).

On behalf of Indiana University Athletics, IUSP oversees management of every aspect of the IU Radio Network.

“As an assistant basketball coach at IU, I gained great admiration for the program and all its tradition.,” said Waltman. “It is with great pleasure that I return to the IU family.”

IUSP is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations including the Big Ten Conference, as well as other league member schools Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.  The company also provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in conjunction with NADA and USA Today. Learfield Sports is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Missouri-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which entered the world of sports marketing in 1975. For more information, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

9 comments

  1. ^^^I disagree…I can do without constant references to the “good ol’ days” and how things were run or would have been run had they not changed. Of course, there’s the same threat with Waltman serving as the color analyst.

  2. Not to pile on or demean Leary for his self-inflicted situation, but he never filled the role with Fischer ably or adequately in my opinion. Always seemed like he was hunting for something profound to say about what he just observed. I do like the ides of an ex-coach being added and I think Waltman is a step or two up. He and Fischer should be comfortable in creating their broadcast style.

  3. Ted Kitchel would have been great…if you’d enjoy listening to him complain about how IU doesn’t do this or that, for 2 hours a nite, 30-some times a season. You’d swear by his commentary that he never missed a shot, committed a turnover, or lost his man on defense. He was boorish enough when he did TV games, and that was when his hero RMK was still stalking the sidelines! Could you imagine what he’d have to say about the team now?

    That being said, Royce Waltman is a very uninspired choice. I thought some of the players they brought in for pre-game last year after Leary was gone did a nice job, like Brian Evans or Todd Lindeman. Was hoping it would be someone like that.

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