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Will Merritt resigns as football color analyst

by David Hood - Senior Writer - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:47 PM
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Will Merritt has resigned his post as the color analyst for Clemson football games, effective this week.

TigerNet spoke with Merritt Wednesday afternoon, and he confirmed that he was leaving the position he has held for the last 12 years.

Merritt began working in the broadcast booth with play-by-play great Jim Phillips in 2003, and Phillips passed away that same season. WSPA Sports Director Pete Yanity took over the play-by-play duties, and Yanity and Merritt have worked together since that time.

It was announced a few weeks ago that Don Munson would replace Yanity as Clemson’s football radio voice.

A copy of Merritt’s statement was forwarded to TigerNet:

"Thirteen years ago, I was blown away to have received a call from Jim Phillips asking me if I was interested in joining his broadcast team. From that moment until now, I have embraced that role with a passion and a desire to be the best I could possibly be for my alma mater. Therefore, this has not been an easy decision and was made with a tremendous amount of thought and prayer; however, it is time for me to step away from that role at Clemson.

"I have loved my time with Clemson more than most. My zeal for all things Clemson Football has hopefully shown through in my enthusiasm serving as the analyst for the Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Throughout these years, God blessed me so incredibly much with relationships that I will always cherish.

Each and every Saturday, our broadcast booth was filled with not co-workers, but a family! These men became as close to me as any others in my life and I am truly a better man for having worked with them.
"In addition, the Clemson family IS my family. There are no words to describe how much I love the fans and thousands of men and women that have made these years so much stinking fun! There wasn't a Saturday that a conversation didn't happen that made my week. For this, I am eternally grateful to have worked for you! You have no idea the positive impact you have had on me over the last 17 years as a former player and a broadcaster.

"During this broadcast transition, I am afforded the chance to devote more of my time to my wife and 2 little girls who are growing up more rapidly than I ever expected. I look forward to this season of time to enjoy this opportunity with them.

"May God Continue To Bless THE Tiger Nation!"

Thankfully, one of yours.

Will Merritt

GO TIGERS!


Merritt played for the Tigers from 1998-2001. He was a starter in 2000 and 2001 when he was named second-team All-ACC. Those are the most productive Clemson teams in history in terms of total offense. He played on three bowl teams at Clemson, including the 2000 team that finished the season ranked 15th in the final AP poll with a 9-3 record. He also was named to the All-ACC Academic team each of those seasons. He graduated from Clemson in December of 2000.


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FB Update: Will Merritt resigns as football color analyst
TigerNet News®
thank you for your service to this university and I wish you
ragtop
We are going to miss you, Will! Thanks for all you did 4 CU***
toriaj
I, for one, will miss him.
CURAISED
Hey about some updates from the $EC Tournament??***
cutigerbob®
Will Merritt
sparklecity_tiger
Re: Will Merritt
melamb13®
Thank God***
Absolut CU
Re: Thank God***
armsb
Re: Thank God***
twentytwofifteen
Re: Thank God***
jcarter79
I suspect that with a handle like Absolut, he has other
ragtop
Why? You have absolutely nothing against him except
tigerdrummer®
Re: Thank God***
clemtiger117®
Re: Thank God***
Absolut CU
Obviously many didn't like him as a commentator but
o2bnclemson
^^^ THIS***
CUTiger1989®
and at a time like this we should show some of that Clemson
ragtop
^^^^^^^this^^^^^^^***
boricuatiger
Actually, it's not obvious...
Smplman®
They won't admit it but I remember people on here complaining about Jim Phillips
Smack Daddy
Re: They won't admit it but I remember people on here complaining about Jim Phillips
1988NC
I was listening to the radio broadcast when we beat Miami
tigerdrummer®
And, when we won on a last-second FG to beat the
CUTiger1989®
Our football colors are Orange, white and purple
803Tiger72®
another repulsive backstabbing by the political force
T_I_P
Will Merritt was awesome...Miss you Will...***
CUallen2275
Re: FB Update: Will Merritt resigns as football color analyst
AllInTiger
Re: FB Update: Will Merritt resigns as football color analyst
tigrecalvo®
Translation
Exiled2
So who do we think is a realistic candidate to replace him?
o2bnclemson
Brandon Streeter Maybe????***
Xander5000
Slade Nagle***
LinebackerU
Or, better yet, Slade
CUTiger1989®
Wouldn't be surprised if it was Willy Korn.
tigerdrummer®
Re: Wouldn't be surprised if it was Willy Korn.
jacksonjpj1999
Now there's a dream job.***
tigerdrummer®
Re: Now there's a dream job.***
simpsontiger
Re: So who do we think is a realistic candidate to replace him?
gvillenative
Tommy Bowden?
o2bnclemson
Tribble Resse***
AppTiger02
Someone on the inside for sure. Jeff Davis maybe
striperfan
Michael Carr***
NGATigr
Naw, Vince Robinson...***
Knuck
Re: Naw, Rob Spence***....***
Watcher
Thank god...***
darkhuntingtiger
Billy Luckie, step right up.
Completely Solid Orange®
Good, hey Patrick Sapp, you're next.***
BlockC61
Wonder if Mike Epley would come back. He was the best***
TigerD4Him
^^^^^^^^This^^^^^^^^.***
Knuck
Like him or not
Lilnaitch
No more "Indian blocks" and no more "There's Orange in the
ATL PAW MAN
at first i was like
henry®
His resignation is because of.......
Clemsurf®
So, will Nancy O'Dell be the sideline reporter?***
CUTiger1989®
Going to miss Will.
RogerS®
Thank you Will Merritt!
CU72Tiger®
The new AD has Clemson going in the wrong direction. He
clemsongrad84
Re: The new AD has Clemson going in the wrong direction. He
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