Wichita State men’s basketball on Cox 22 will feature new voices in the role of color analyst.
Craig Steven is not returning to the crew after doing color for 11 seasons. Bob Hull will work the home games alongside play-by-play voice Bruce Haertl. Shane Dennis will broadcast road games.
“Ultimately, it was my choice,” Steven said. “Cox and I couldn’t come up with an agreement. They wouldn’t do anything to help me out on pay. This year, I asked them again and they were pretty stuck.”
Steven’s four children (all under 10) are demanding more of his time with their activities. He coaches three of them in basketball. His job as corporate adviser for Spangles restaurants also factored in his decision.
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“I can’t handle missing anything (my children) were a part of,” he said.
Steven played for the Shockers from 1998-2003. He started on TV as coach Mark Turgeon‘s rebuilding job gained momentum and carried on through the rise to national prominence.
“I enjoyed every bit of it,” he said. “I’m going to miss it a ton.”
Hull, who handles color for road games on radio and has done women’s games on Cox 22, is a former WSU assistant coach. Dennis, a former WSU pitcher, is also well-known to fans for his role in baseball radio and TV broadcasts and his current afternoon talk show on KFH, 1240-AM, 98.7-FM. He formerly broadcast WSU women’s basketball games on radio.
WSU’s TV package on Cox will include 14 games and will include the exhibition against Northwood (Fla.) on Nov. 8 and a Nov. 23 game against Newman. While the Missouri Valley Conference’s schedule on ESPN and Fox Sports Kansas City has not been released, WSU associate athletic director John Brewer said all Shocker games will be broadcast this season, either on a traditional television outlet or ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet platform.