Stabler Won't Be Back On Network

Crimson Tide Sports Network General Manager Jim Carabin and University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced today that former Crimson Tide quarterback Ken Stabler will not return to his former position as a color analyst on CTSM's radio broadcasts of Alabama football. Stabler served as color analyst for the network from 1998-2007. He took a leave of absence for the 2008 season.

Stabler, an All-America quarterback for Alabama in 1967, took a leave of absence as the color commentator last season after being arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge in Robertsdale during the summer. Stabler, who lives in Baldwin County on the Alabama coast, was later exonorated.

Last year a variety of former players were used as celebrity color commentators along with veteran announcer Tom Roberts, who served alongside play-by-play man Eli Gold. Former Bama linebacker Barry Krauss has been the sideline commentator for the past few years.

For this week's A-Day Game, the color commentator is Phil Savage, a former coach (including graduate assistant at Alabama under Bill Curry) and recently fired general manager of the Cleveland Browns.

"In talking recently with Kenny he has decided to pursue other opportunities and will not return to our radio broadcast team," Moore said. "I appreciate Kenny's contributions to our program over the years and I look forward to that relationship continuing in the future. Kenny's an important part of our history and his involvement as part of our announce team over the years was tremendous."

"I would like to thank Learfield Sports, ISP, the entire CTSN broadcast team, The University of Alabama and its athletics department for their tremendous support through the years," Stabler said. "I will continue to support UA in any way possible and wish only the best to the entire Alabama family."

A permanent replacement for Stabler has not been determined.

"We hope to have a decision on a permanent replacement very soon," Carabin said.

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