For the second time in recent memory, the Eagles' lead radio man appears to have interviewed at a P5 school, in this case to replace the retiring Jim Hawthorne at LSU.
From the New Orleans Advocate:
Georgia Southern play-by-play broadcaster Chris Blair interviewed Tuesday for the job to replace Jim Hawthorne as LSU's "Voice of the Tigers," according to a source with knowledge of the search.
Blair joins a list of previously reported semifinalists for the gig: Charles Hanagriff, Patrick Wright, Lyn Rollins, Sean Kelley and Patrick Netherton. Blair is one of three to four national candidates that a source last week declined to reveal to The Advocate.
Great for him if he's trying to step up to a gig with higher visibility, though Blair may wish things had stayed quiet until the final announcement.
Just two years ago, Blair was a finalist to become the play-by-play man at Georgia Tech, so he definitely seems interested in moving up. The Tech job ultimately went to former Butler radio announcer Brandon Gaudin.
Per the NOLA paper, Blair interviewed Tuesday afternoon for Louisiana State (I think it's okay to call them that). The paper also reports Blair is the only finalist who does not currently work in the state of Louisiana.
Blair has been been the voice of the Eagles since 2006. He seems to be pretty popular overall though I've heard some fans pine for the old Nate Hirsch.
If Blair leaves, would his trademark touchdown call "put an Eagle 6 on it" survive? Likely not, as the next announcer will want to make his own mark on the program. Similarly, would Blair come up with a new version for LSU? "Put a Tiger 6 on it" sounds a little off.
If the Blair era is set to end, his most famous call surely will remain the end of the Florida contest in 2013: