It is official: Stabler won’t return to broadcast

Reports last week were confirmed today—Kenny Stabler won’t return to the Alabama radio broadcast team. Here is the official word from Crimson Tide Sports Network and the University of Alabama press release:

TUSCALOOSA — 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. An All-American quarterback for the Crimson Tide in 1967, Stabler served as color analyst for the network from 1998-2007 before taking a leave of absence for the 2008 season.

“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 athletic 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. CTSM used a rotation of former players to fill in on color analysis during the 2008 season.

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