Things will sound a little different in Ann Arbor after this upcoming football season.
Radio play-by-play guy Frank Beckmann, who has been calling Michigan Wolverine games since 1981, announced his retirement on Friday, saying this season will be last behind the microphone.
During his announcement, Beckmann stressed that his decision has nothing to do with the hot water he found himself in a few months ago when he defended Sergio Garcia’s “fried chicken” jab at Tiger Woods:
This is my decision. I never got any kind of big feedback from that (original column). When I apologized for being insensitive to the stereotype, I literally got more emails complaining about the apology than I did about the column — it was four-to-two. I’m on the air all the time, and I didn’t get any phone calls about it.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon also released a short statement, thanking Beckmann for all the years of dedicated service.