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Clisby to Return to Purdue Basketball Broadcasts

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After being diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic brain cancer, stemming from lung cancer that he was also unaware of, radio announcer for Purdue men’s basketball, Larry Clisby is set to miraculously return for his 41st season beginning Thursday, November 1st.

At the time, returning to the radio booth seemed like an impossibility and Clisby was unsure of how much longer he would have to live, but following 10 rounds of radiation and four doses of chemotherapy, the treatment appears to have been successful.   Clisby twice beat cancer earlier in life, now referring to those fights with melanoma and bladder cancer as “simple.”

“Of course, anybody who’s been through this and knows anything about it knows cancer isn’t cured very often, especially when you’ve reached fourth stage like I have,” Clisby said in a story written by Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal & Courrier. “Your hope is and your doctors’ hopes are to put the thing in remission and get a few years to add on to your life.

“Or you can have a miracle. There’s no question those things happen.”

A few weeks ago, Clisby underwent a PET scan, which allows oncologists to detect cancerous cells and tissues.  The scan results showed very little cancer remaining and Clisby was told he no longer needed to continue chemotherapy.  Since ending the treatment, the popular radio voice still takes up to 14 pills a day, but has started to regain strength and energy.

Clisby recently made his return to Indiana, attending Purdue basketball practice much to the joy of the entire team.  “They know how important he is to us and the program,” said Elliot Bloom, the team’s director of operations. “His role is bigger than just our radio guy.”

“Thank God for the Purdue fan base, because they’re the ones that got me through this,” Clisby said.

Before his diagnosis, Clisby discussed a long-term extension with Learfield Communications to remain the radio voice of Purdue men’s basketball.  The extension went unsigned and for now, Clisby is going to take it one season at a time and even one game at a time with a focus on Thursday.

Fans can hear Clisby call Purdue men’s basketball, who will open their season with an exhibition Thursday night against Marian, on their flagship WYCM 95.7.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

 

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Danny Balis Explains Exit From The Ticket in Dallas

“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire.”

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After 22 years, Danny Balis is finished as a producer on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas.

Balis, 54, told The Dallas Morning News the announcement of his departure “was an unusual situation to actually be able to speak on it on air.”

“I’d rather spend this time focusing on peace of mind, quality of life and maybe open the door for somebody else to take that [producer’s] seat,” he said on The Hardline with hosts Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm.

Balis is a musician and business owner in the Metroplex. That’s where he will shift his attention. He told Davidson and Sturm that there were no opportunities for advancement at the station that would warrant him sticking around.

“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” he said. “Then by that time, we’re all the same age.”

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Bobby Carpenter Tells Grant & Danny How Nick Saban Interview Came Together

“Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.”

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Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher got the attention of the sports talk world with their comments about each other personally and about the programs they run.

Saban made an appearance on SiriusXM with Jacob Hester and Bobby Carpenter in the aftermath of Fisher’s fiery response, where the Crimson Tide coaching legend tried to set things straight. He wasn’t asked directly about what Fisher said.

Carpenter spoke to Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. on Friday, and said the timing of Saban’s appearance was coincidental.

“It was pre-scheduled before all of that stuff happened,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.

Hester, who played just one season for Saban, likely created a level of comfort for the coach that most other national media outlets could not offer.

Bobby Carpenter added that he did want to pressure Saban a little bit about what he had to say about other football coaches using name, image, and likeness deals to lure recruits.

“I don’t think his SID was really keen on him coming on there,” he said. “But I tried to ask some tough but respectful questions through everything.”

Saban in the interview apologized for singling out not only Fisher and A&M, but Deion Sanders and his Jackson State program as well as the University of Miami basketball program. Saban also attempted to contact Jimbo directly, but Fisher has admitted publicly he wasn’t going to take that phone call right now.

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SEC Commissioner Forces Lane Kiffin To Cancel Dan Patrick Show Appearance

“Kiffin, despite being a regular guest with Patrick, wasn’t singled out. The conference made all coaches unavailable for media interviews this past Friday.”

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Two of the top football coaches in the SEC taking direct shots at one another and their respective programs doesn’t help the conference or the game of football itself.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey apparently saw how bad the optics of the situation had become in the aftermath of the war of words between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher.

Current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin was due to appear on The Dan Patrick Show last week to chat about the situation. But Sankey apparently got Kiffin’s appearance canceled.

“Lane Kiffin was going to come on, but the commissioner of the SEC asked him not to comment on the Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher situation,” Patrick said.

Kiffin, despite being a regular guest with Patrick, wasn’t singled out. The conference made all coaches unavailable for media interviews this past Friday.

Kiffin likely could’ve shed some light on what’s been happening in college football regarding name, image, and likeness payments, which Saban complained about. He also likely would have stirred the pot a little more between the feuding coaches, as Kiffin is known to do.

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