Hard to replace legendary voice, but Rowland doing good job of it

BY foxsports • June 18, 2015

It's never easy to replace a legendary broadcaster who had become synonymous with the teams whose games he delivered over the air waves.

Yet Oklahoma's play-by-play voice Toby Rowland is doing a good job of it. On Wednesday, OU inked Rowland to a five-year contract, the school announced Wednesday, to continue in his role on football, men’s basketball and baseball broadcasts. He was hired four years ago to replace the legendary Bob Barry Sr.

“I continue to be honored and humbled to be entrusted with this responsibility which is absolutely the love of my professional life,” Rowland said in a release. “It's a joy and a passion, and I hope that comes through on our broadcasts."

Prior to coming to OU, Rowland spent 12 years at Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV. He has also hosted a morning sports talk radio show the past 13 years.

“Toby has been simply outstanding in every facet of the important work he does for Oklahoma,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in the release. “We are thrilled to have him as our voice of the Sooners for the next five years. His genuine enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, versatility and delivery are just some of the reasons why he has quickly become a fan favorite. His love for our athletics teams and their respect for him is evident in every broadcast, and we are proud he's a Sooner.”

(h/t The Oklahoman)

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