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NCAA Football – 1987 – CBS Sports 51st Cotton Bowl Classic At The Half With Vern Lundquist + Ara Paseghian + Pat Hayden


Merton Laverne Lundquist Jr. (born July 17, 1940) is an American sportscaster….who began his broadcasting career as sports anchor for WFAA in Dallas and in Austin for KTBC….which makes him special to this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile….cuz he is considered one of Autin’s homeboys….as well as being the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys….which he joined The Cowboys Radio Network in 1967….and remained with the team until the 1984 season. He was paired with future and now current play-by-play man Brad Sham starting with the 1977 season….in the year the Cowboys went 12–2 and captured their second NFL title in Super Bowl XII.  He was sportscaster at WFAA during their 6pm news….while his eventual successor Dale Hansen did the 10pm news.  Nationally, Lundquist worked for ABC Sports from 1974 to 1981, CBS from 1982 to 1995, and TNT cable from 1995 to 1997 before returning to CBS in 1998.  In his return to CBS, Lundquist served as the long-time lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football on the SEC on CBS from 2000–2016.

Ara Raoul Parseghian (May 21, 1923 – August 2, 2017) was an American football player and coach….who guided the University of Notre Dame to national championships in 1966 and 1973. He is noted for bringing Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football program from years of futility back into a national contender in 1964… and is widely regarded alongside Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy as a part of the “Holy Trinity” of Notre Dame head coaches.  Parseghian retired from coaching in 1974 and began a broadcasting career calling college football games for ABC and CBS….as seen in this video herewith.

Patrick Capper Haden (born January 23, 1953) is the former athletic director at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles from August 2010 to June 2016….who played quarterback for the USC Trojans before playing professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams from 1976 through 1981. He also played in the World Football League (WFL) for the Southern California Sun in 1975.  Haden is a Rhodes Scholar….and was a practicing attorney from 1982 to 1987….and was a partner at Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm, from 1987 to 2010. He is also known for his work as a former sportscaster, beginning with CBS Sports in 1982….and ending his career in that field as a color commentator for NBC Sports‘ Notre Dame football coverage.

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