Kittner to Take Over Radio Analyst Position

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois announced Wednesday that former Fighting Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner will join the Illini Sports Radio Network as the expert football analyst beginning with the season-opener against Missouri on Sept. 1. Kittner fills the position left open when Howard Griffith accepted a studio analyst position with the Big Ten Network.

"Kurt is someone who is very passionate about the University of Illinois and our football program," Illinois head coach Ron Zook said. "He has been very supportive of this team and coaching staff. He is extremely knowledgeable about the game and will bring great insight."

Kittner is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in Illinois history, holding the Illini records for season and career touchdown passes and career pass attempts. He led the Orange and Blue to their first-ever Bowl Championship berth in the 2002 Sugar Bowl and also to a monumental 63-21 win over Virginia in the 1999 Bowl.

"I'm very happy with this opportunity to represent Illinois and the football team," Kittner said. "Coach Zook is getting the program where he wants it. The overall atmosphere is going to be great and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Kittner ranks second on the career yardage and completions list and had arguably one of the best seasons in Illinois history in 1999 when he threw for 2,702 yards with 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also served as the expert analyst on an Illinois football game in 2004.

"I've got huge shoes to fill following Jim Grabowski," Kittner said. "No one can replace a legend like Jim. But being so fresh out of my playing days, plus being a quarterback, I'll have a little bit different perspective. Hopefully I'll be able to convey the game well to all our loyal Illini fans."

The Illini open the season Sept. 1 with the State Farm Arch Rivalry game against Missouri in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. That game will be a 2:30 p.m. (CT) start and will be televised by ESPN2.

Information provided by the U of I SID office

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