CLEMSON - Don Munson will step into a new role calling play-by-play for Clemson football on the school's official radio network starting this fall, the university announced Wednesday. He replaces WSPA sports director Pete Yanity, who had held that role for the past 11 seasons.
Munson is currently Clemson's Director of Creative Media Services, heavily involved with social media functions, and has been the Tigers' baseball play-by-play announcer along with contributing other assorted radio duties.
"Having an experienced broadcaster like Don on staff, it's great to be able to use his talents throughout the year," director of athletics Dan Radakovich said. "Pete always represented Clemson in a first-class and professional manner and never strayed from his endeavor as a consummate broadcaster."
Yanity will not continue calling basketball games; the school did not say who would replace him courtside on the hardwood.
"This is a great opportunity and role for Don and I'm extremely happy for him," head football coach Dabo Swinney said. "I enjoyed working with and getting to know Pete Yanity and respect his professionalism throughout his time broadcasting our games."
Clemson did not offer explanation for the switch, nor offer a statement from Munson or Yanity. But Yanity's attorney released a statement on behalf of the longtime "Voice of the Tigers" who replaced the late Jim Phillips in 2003.
"As noted in an earlier release from Clemson athletics, a decision was made by the athletic director to move in a different direction," Yanity said. "What a wonderful run it's been. ... On each broadcast, I worked with a close-knit group of individuals and over the years we became brothers. In the past decade-and-a-half, I also gained another family. The Clemson family. And I am so much the better for it."
Former Clemson all-ACC offensive guard Will Merritt has been providing color commentary for football games; sports information director Tim Bourret does color for basketball games. Their status has not been determined for next season.
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