PARKERSBURG - Tony Caridi, the "Voice of the Mountaineers," believes West Virginia University athletics is in a golden age, with continued success in its football and basketball programs.
Caridi, who has spent the last 24 years with Mountaineer Sports Network, was the speaker at Monday's weekly luncheon of the Parkersburg Rotary Club.
During his time with MSN, Caridi has spent the last 13 seasons as radio play-by-play announcer for Mountaineer football and basketball on MSN. Along with his play-by-play duties, Caridi continues to serve as a co-host and feature contributor for the television shows "Mountaineer Magazine" and "Mountaineer Jammin'."
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Tony Caridi, a broadcaster with the Mountaineer Sports Network, was the speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Parkersburg Rotary Club.
In addition to MSN, Caridi has done play-by-play for ESPN, PIA Radio, the BIG EAST, Prime, Atlantic 10, Creative Sports and Mutual broadcasts. He is the sports director of the MetroNews Radio Network and hosts a nightly statewide sports talk show as well as working with coaches Bill Stewart and Bob Huggins on their statewide talk shows.
He has been named the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year on three occasions.
Caridi talked about three main topics during Monday's program, the Mountaineer basketball program, the football program and recent talk about conference expansions that might affect WVU.
"As everyone knows, it's been a really productive year, it's been a very memorable year all around," he said.
Caridi said he was present for all of the basketball games in the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
"It was wonderful, it was a storybook-type of a run. It was the kind of a run that everyone always dreams about," he said.
Caridi hosts a nightly statewide talk show and said he has received positive responses from across West Virginia regarding the basketball program's successes this winter.
"You can tell the great excitement, the great pride that folks have after what was just a wonderful year," he said.
Looking ahead at the next football season at WVU, Caridi said the team is in good shape and of the main question marks will be how quickly starting quarterback Geno Smith can become comfortable and "play instead of think."
Regarding possible changes in the college football conferences, Caridi said it may be the end of 2010 before much is known about what will happen and how wide the effects will be. The Big Ten Conference is studying plans to expand and if it decides to add one team, there will not be much change seen, Caridi said. If it decides to add three to five teams, that could spread to affect several conferences and lead to extensive shakeups, he said.