HATTIESBURG (SouthernMiss.com) - Former Southern Miss quarterback and M-Club Sports Hall of Fame member, Lee Roberts, will join the football radio broadcast crew on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network beginning this fall.
Roberts replaces long-time color commentator Vic Purvis who retired following the 2014 season after 41 years as a part of the Golden Eagle broadcasts.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to sit alongside John Cox and become a member of the broadcast team,” said Roberts. “I am looking forward to giving my insight to the fans of Southern Miss football. Southern Miss has been a part my life and my family's life for a long time and we are ready to do what we can to continue to help take Southern Miss To The Top.”
Roberts was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles from 1995-1998, who led the team to the 1996 and 1997 Conference USA championships. During his career he completed 473-of-832 passes for 6,289 yards and 52 touchdowns. He stills ranks No. 5 in passing yards at the school, while ranking tied for second in touchdown passes, third in completion percentage (56.8 percent), fifth in total offense (5,777 yards) and second behind Austin Davis in passing efficiency at 134.50. Roberts had a 20-10 record as the starting quarterback at Southern Miss that included a 15-2 mark in Conference USA.
Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis, and Jamie Martin, the General Manager for Southern Miss IMG Sports Marketing, is excited about the new addition to the broadcast booth for Golden Eagle football.
“Lee Roberts was such an outstanding leader and player for the Golden Eagles in the late 1990s, and the same mindset that made him so successful on the football field, I am sure will carry over to the radio booth,” said McGillis. “Lee has been a Golden Eagle since the first day he set foot on the campus and we look forward to him bringing his love for his alma mater and love of the game to the broadcasts. Our fans will enjoy his insights that will continue to enhance the coverage of Southern Miss football.”
“Southern Miss IMG Sports Marketing is proud to welcome former Golden Eagle, Lee Roberts, as our football color commentator in the fall,” said Martin. “Vic Purvis was such a great asset to Southern Miss football, and Lee will fill his shoes well. We are so fortunate to have such longstanding tradition in the Voice of the Golden Eagles, John Cox, at the helm of our broadcast team, and know that Lee will be the perfect complement to him. We welcome Lee to the team.”
Roberts will join long-time “Voice of the Golden Eagles” John Cox when the Golden Eagles open the 2015 season at The Rock against Mississippi State on Sept. 5.
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