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ESPN'S NESSLER APOLOGIZES FOR REMARKS TO WISCONSIN'S ALVAREZ
Published October 23, 1996
ESPN's college football play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler called into a Big Ten coaches' media teleconference yesterday and apologized to Univ. of WI coach Barry Alvarez for criticizing play selection late in the game during WI's loss to Northwestern Saturday. The apology came after heavy criticism of Alvarez from Nessler and ESPN studio analysts Lee Corso, who said Alvarez "should quit." Nessler "stunned reporters" when he told Alvarez, "Anything that we did that caused the Wisconsin coaching staff any undue criticism -- if we blew it, we apologize, or at least I do, because I'm part of that team." Nessler's action caught ESPN officials by "surprise," according to Andrew Bagnato of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. ESPN spokesperson Dean Diltz said Nessler was not apologizing for Corso's remarks (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/23).