Charles Barkley says SEC has the 'worst fan bases in history of civilization'
Charles Barkley isn’t amused with how SEC football fans view Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.
The former and current “SEC on CBS” announcers came up during a conversation between Barkley and Bill Simmons. In an appearance on Simmons’ podcast, the pair discussed how fans accuse analysts of being against their team. The conversation focused largely on NBA fandom, but Barkley brought up the “SEC on CBS” example:
“You know who talks to me a lot about that? Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.
“They do the SEC, which are the worst fanbases in the history of civilization. ‘You don’t say everything good about my SEC school, I hate your ass.’
“When I’m in Alabama, I got friends who are like, ‘We on CBS this week. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson hate us.’ I got Alabama fans saying, ‘Man, Verne Lundquist and Gary hate us.’ I’m like, ‘Why do you all think that?’
“I know Verne really well. And Gary I like, I don’t know him as well.
“I said, ‘They don’t give a (expletive) who wins. I know both of those guys. They don’t give a (expletive) about Alabama-Auburn football. They are here to do their job.
“But fans hear what they want to (expletive) hear, Bill. It’s that plain and simple.”
Barkley’s thoughts are near the end of the podcast, which clocks in at almost 100 minutes. The SEC comes up around the 1 hour, 23-minute mark. Note: The podcast does not censor NSFW language
Lundquist retired from calling college football after the 2016 season. Brad Nessler took over as the play-by-play announcer for “SEC on CBS” starting in 2017.