Neil Price, the radio voice for University of Kentucky baseball and women’s basketball, is leaving the UK Sports Network broadcast team to become the new football and men’s basketball play-by-play announcer for Mississippi State University.
Mississippi State made the announcement Friday, ending Price’s 12-year run on the UK Sports Network.
“We are privileged to have one of the great broadcasting talents in the country join the MSU family,” said Mississippi State Athletics Director John Cohen, formerly the baseball head coach at Kentucky. “Neil has 12 years of Southeastern Conference experience and a contagious enthusiasm that will extend our legacy of outstanding Mississippi State broadcasters.”
Price will replace longtime Bulldogs play-by-play man Jim Ellis, who stepped down from his football and basketball duties in March but continues to call MSU baseball.
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In addition to calling Mississippi State football and basketball games, Price will host the football and men’s basketball coaches’ shows and oversee various digital responsibilities.
“This is an exciting time to join the Mississippi State family,” Price said. “I look forward to being reunited with some old friends and building new relationships with Bulldogs fans, coaches and the MSU campus and Starkville community in the near future.”
During his stint with Kentucky, Price produced more than 700 baseball and women’s basketball broadcasts since March 2005. He also served as host for the UK football pregame show and host for the basketball and baseball coaches’ shows. Prior to his time at UK, Price spent two years with Middle Tennessee State University as the Blue Raiders’ play-by-play broadcaster for women’s basketball and baseball.
“We conducted a comprehensive, incredibly thorough national search and couldn’t be more pleased with Neil,” said Tom Boman, vice president of broadcast operations for Learfield, the multimedia rights holder for Mississippi State Athletics. “His professionalism, talent and eagerness to be a part of the Bulldog faithful is evident, and we believe fans will really embrace him as their new ‘voice.’”