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Long-time IU football radio analyst Buck Suhr announces retirement

Indiana football radio analyst Buck Suhr announced his retirement on Monday afternoon, IU Athletics announced in a release.

His announcement marks the end of a long affiliation with the IU football team.

Suhr spent 17 years in the broadcast booth after 18 seasons as a coach and administrator within the program.

“I am thankful for the friendship and the opportunity to work with the absolute best in the business, Don Fischer,” Suhr said in the release. “To say working with Don, Joe Smith, and the rest of the crew has been enjoyable is a huge understatement. It was a tremendous honor. Go Hoosiers!”

Suhr partnered with Fischer for the entirety of his 17-year run. The Voice of the Hoosiers, who just completed his 49th season, expressed gratitude to Suhr.

“My bias aside, there are few football color analysts in the country who can match what Buck has meant to our broadcasts. His knowledge as a former coach and his ability to explain what is happening on the field and make it understandable for the listener, is unparalleled in our business. Always objective in his analysis, Buck brought humor and entertainment to every broadcast, and I can’t thank him enough for the 17 seasons we spent together.”

Suhr mentored running backs for 12 seasons (1984-95) under IU’s all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory. After his stint as a coach, where he tutored All-America selections Anthony Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar, Suhr was named administrative assistant to the head coach and athletic director from 1996-2001.

As running backs coach, Suhr helped direct one of the nation’s most productive rushing attacks. The Hoosiers had three different 1,000-yard rushers who topped that mark on six separate occasions.

In 1988, the IU offense rushed for a then-school record 2,963 yards. Suhr coached Thompson, the 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up, along with Dunbar and Alex Smith, the 1994 UPI National Freshman of the Year.

Suhr and his wife, Jane, are the parents of one son, Errek, and the deceased Jenny Suhr.

Errek played in 74 games and earned four letters as a guard for the IU men’s basketball program from 2004-07.  He is currently the radio analyst with Fischer on the basketball broadcasts.