Voice of Florida football won’t travel to Ole Miss
The COVID-19 pandemic has made travel difficult for much of 2020. That’s led to many sports broadcasters only working on site at home games for the teams they cover, while staying home for the road games and working remotely.
On Saturday, that’s what longtime Florida radio play-by-play announcer Mick Hubert will be doing. Hubert has worked 394 straight Gators football games, and that streak will continue, but it will be in a different fashion as he will broadcast the season opener from Weimer Hall on Florida’s campus, according to Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun.
The Gators are set to begin the campaign at Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon.
“I take some comfort in seeing that in baseball, the announcers aren’t traveling either,” Hubert recently said, per Dooley. “I’ve been lucky. I’ve been healthy. I’ve never missed a basketball or baseball game. I was scheduled to cover either.
“I’m satisfied this is the way we’re going to do it. I’m looking at it as a challenge.”
Hubert has been the “Voice of the Gators” since 1989, and he’s only the third person to hold that title, following Otis Boggs and David Steele. He won’t be the only member of Florida’s broadcast team not making the trip to Oxford, Miss., as Dooley noted that color commentator Lee McGriff, sideline reporter Tate Casey and in-game producer Jeff Cardozo also won’t be traveling.
The Gators will be back in Gainesville next week, when they’re set to host South Carolina on Oct. 3, which will give Hubert and the broadcasters the opportunity to return to the booth at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Florida and Ole Miss are set to kick off the season this Saturday at noon ET on ESPN.