Durham on Carolina job: ‘Not about me right now’

In the wake of his father Woody Durham’s retirement after 40 years as the voice of North Carolina football and basketball, Georgia Tech play-by-play man Wes Durham declined to entertain a question about the possibility of leaving Atlanta to succeed his father.

“There was a basketball coach who lost to Syracuse a few years back, and he was asked a similar question,” Durham told the Raleigh News & Observer Tuesday, referring to North Carolina coach Roy Williams‘ interview following Kansas’ NCAA championship game loss to Syracuse in 2003. “And I’ll answer it the same way: I respect and understand that you have to ask that question, but it’s not about me right now.”

Durham referred an AJC interview request to that statement. Durham has called football and basketball for Georgia Tech since 1995. He is also the play-by-play voice for the Falcons and co-hosts the “Barnhart & Durham” show on 790 the Zone. In January, he was named Georgia’s sportscaster of the year for a seventh time.

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go heels

April 19th, 2011
10:38 pm

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April 19th, 2011
10:39 pm

S'paw_99

April 19th, 2011
10:40 pm

I would hate to lose Wes, he’s great. But if he leaves, I’d be happy to take the job. I’ll do the Falcons too, heck I might even help w/ a few Braves games each yr.

Buzzzed

April 19th, 2011
10:40 pm

He has too much going on in ATL now other than tech to pursue that job even if he wanted it which I don’t think he does.

Wardo

April 19th, 2011
10:46 pm

I love Wes and would hate to see him go. But he would be the logical choice for UNC. I just hope we don’t lose him. He’s a good one.

I sue engineers for a living

April 19th, 2011
10:48 pm

Wes would increase his audience by about 12 fold if he did go to UNC

Jeff

April 19th, 2011
10:53 pm

I’m a lifelong Georgia fan who usually can’t stand Tech… but it’s just the teams I dislike, not necessarily all the people. That being said, Wes Durham is one of my FAVORITE people in Atlanta. I met him before, and he’s a very nice, very classy guy.

From a sports perspective, as much as I don’t want Tech’s teams to always win, it is a lot of fun to hear Durham’s broadcasts. He brings and energy and a passion to his craft, and he is very knowledgable and very descriptive. I can’t tell you how many Falcons games over the last few years have had me literally leaping out of my chair as Wes Durham screams about a huge play for the Birds. His call of “Touchdown Atlanta” is one of the sweetest sounds of the fall!

I hope, for Georgia Tech’s sake, that Wes stays in Atlanta. He’s an icon around here, both for his work with the Jackets AND the Falcons. You have a good one, Tech fans…. I hope you get to keep him for many years to come.

To put it another way: I grew up with Larry Munson, and he’s my favorite broadcaster of ALL TIME for all the wonderful memories he gave me through my childhood and teen and college and early adult years. And when he retired, my first thought was “Dang, I wish we could get Wes Durham.” I love Scott Howard, but Wes brings so much to games that I wish he was calling my team’s games.

Good luck with your decision, Wes, but I hope you stay in Atlanta and work for your beloved Jackets and Falcons!

I sue engineers for a living

April 19th, 2011
10:56 pm

I mean if he leaves, all the fans can just summon Mark Price to come in.

rico

April 19th, 2011
10:57 pm

Wes started at tech in 1995, not 1985. I really hope he stays!!

Kane337

April 19th, 2011
11:09 pm

Don’t leave Wes!!!!! I love listening to your play-by-play for the Falcons. I also listen to your radio show on 790thezone. Please don’t leave!!!!

Jeff

April 19th, 2011
11:14 pm

Rico, I think you’re right… it was mid-90s. How long was Al Ciraldo around? Didn’t Wes replace him directly? Ciraldo was another classic… he and Munson were cut from similar cloth.

Golden White

April 19th, 2011
11:23 pm

Jeff, obviously I am a Tech fan but here in south central Georgia ” Tech Broadcast ” are hard to get . But “Georgia Broadcast” are on a lot of channels and I have listened to a bunch of them . So I agree , Larry Munson was the best of all time . I remember where I was when he was saying ” Sugar is falling from the sky”. I would even take a portable radio to the” Dovefield” to shoot birds and listen to Larry Munson call the game .

Jeff

April 19th, 2011
11:29 pm

Thanks, Golden… that 82 Auburn game was the famous “Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!” He had a lot of classic moments. I think Wes means the same thing to a lot of Tech fans as Larry did for us Georgia fans… I hope he stays for many more years. He really is the voice of the Jackets for a ton of fans that I know.

kshizzle

April 19th, 2011
11:34 pm

He can make a bigger legacy here. If he stays here for his career he will rival Ciraldo in GT lore. If he goes to UNC he’d just be another Durham. He is for sure a fan of GT and the Falcons. I cannot imagine he would be able to easily change to a UNC and/or Panthers fan. Bunch of BS. He’s staying.

George Stein

April 19th, 2011
11:36 pm

You represent the best of UGA, Jeff. The same can’t be said about you, sue engineers.

Dog Kicker

April 19th, 2011
11:43 pm

Wes you are in Atlanta what you father was in Carolina, I hope you will stay and continue to make your mark here!

Rodney Dangerfield

April 19th, 2011
11:43 pm

Wes is great! Don’t go to stuffy old UNC. If you leave the Atlanta radio I will have stop listening to sports radio because I know old Barnhart is miserable when you guys are talking about anything other than the “mighty” SEC. Without you Wes, the ACC would not exist in the Atlanta market.

Let's go!

April 20th, 2011
12:02 am

Jeff, thanks for the Class brother. I wish you’re UGA brethren were the same. Then again, some of my guys are pretty sour too. I hope Wes stays, but I understand if he does decide. I would hate to lose him. I love to hear him call. The year Calvin broke lose against Clemson was a shout heard throughout my household. The 99 GT/UGA game with the last second field goal, Classic.

GTKurt80

April 20th, 2011
12:04 am

Question is, has UNC had their eye on Wes as dad’s replacement? They certainly knew that retirement was coming. How much money are they going to throw at Wes to make him think about it. He certainly is probably doing pretty well with all the jobs he has dollar-wise, probably couldn’t squeeze anymore in if he had to. He certainly is happy with his success. Wes might look at the offer and see if it’s an “offer he can’t refuse.”
Hope Wes has a very high number, sure would hate to lose him.

I sue engineers for a living

April 20th, 2011
12:12 am

Where in the h—- did I state ANYWHERE I was a UGA fan??

Another example of the extreme paranoia and obsession you GT fans have with all things UGA.

GO DUKE!!

buzz2

April 20th, 2011
12:17 am

Hell no he can’t go…But I don’t believe in keeping a man back..IF..he can better himself. God bless what ever you do.

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

April 20th, 2011
12:32 am

UNC is very interested in hiring me, but they have concerns about the size of my bottom….in case you have not seen me before it is HUGE.

GTGreg

April 20th, 2011
12:39 am

A Puke fan AND a lawyer? Forget the third… two strikes and you’re out! Plus, why in the crap are you coming on this blog and talking smack about your archrival (or rather, Daddy program) thinking about poaching our sportscaster?

Wes is great. I sure hope he has grown some deep roots here, because I like him every bit as much as I liked Ciraldo.

holland

April 20th, 2011
1:18 am

wes you are the best ever please stay at GT

Kauai DAWG

April 20th, 2011
2:31 am

I’m a huge Georgia fan but have to admit Wes is great. Very knowledgeable and most entertaining and an excellent voice. I can see why he would go to the heels but he’s carved out a pretty good spot next to the Varsity.

Ed Stone

April 20th, 2011
2:39 am

Carolina is a good job and the “Triad” is a great place to live. I am a NC native I do know that Atlanta is the greatest city in the country. Ralaigh/Durham/Chapel Hill is a close second. I couldn’t imagine why Wes would leave this city if not for money.

Jason

April 20th, 2011
2:41 am

Wes is not a nice guy. He is a fat dump that is a terrible family man!!

Jason

April 20th, 2011
2:41 am

A good sportscaster but terrible guy

Ed Stone

April 20th, 2011
2:50 am

I’m fat and you’re probably fat too Jason but what do you know about his family life. What an idiot…

blazerdawg

April 20th, 2011
4:01 am

Love Wed Durham….most likeable aspect of Tech athletics….more a part of their brand than Al Ciraldo…hope he stays….Chapel Hill, yaaawwwwnnnn.

Mike Fields

April 20th, 2011
6:40 am

Wes, you’re never going to get Vickie to wear Tar Heel blue! Don’t go.

Larry

April 20th, 2011
7:02 am

Leave Atlanta to relocate to east-central North Carolina?

Not a chance!

ormewood

April 20th, 2011
7:23 am

Chapel Hill would be a pretty nice place to live. Quality of life would be great there. For those bashing the town, I suspect you’ve never been there.

He has a great gig here. I think he’s one of only four or five guys who do NFL and college play-by-play full-time. He obviously grew up in the Chapel Hill area, no doubt pulling for UNC.

We should all be so lucky as to have career options like Wes likely has facing him. He can’t make a bad decision, IMO.

John

BYRDDAWG

April 20th, 2011
7:50 am

WOW……that would really stink!

51WTGW50

April 20th, 2011
8:06 am

Can Carolina pay more than TECH and the FALCON gig he has now? I don’t see him leaving the Falcon’s thing right now. ATL is easier to fly out of with all the small airports he can board his charters for. He leaves the Tech games to get to the Falcon games. I think Wes stays with ATLANTA teams over NC teams.

The Real YellowJacket

April 20th, 2011
8:11 am

I have alway liked the guy here.
Just wish the Falcons had their own announcer.

Gary

April 20th, 2011
8:13 am

Hope you stay here wes. Love hearing you call tech and falcon games.

Hayseed Dixie

April 20th, 2011
8:17 am

As much as I hate to say it, it probably won’t be Tech that keeps him in town- it’ll be the Falcons.

The NFL is the greatest sports league in the world, period. And despite the playoff last season- the Falcons are still on the rise. Who wouldn’t want to tell that story?

I hope he gets a raise and stays in Atlanta. Wes is my favorite play-by-play guy of all time.

Ken Sugiura

April 20th, 2011
8:18 am

Rico and Jeff- you are right. dumb typo on my part. thanks.
the reaction has been what i’d expect. play by play announcers can be as much or more a part of a team or school’s brand as the athletes or coaches, and that seems to be the case here.

BobinBuford

April 20th, 2011
8:28 am

Best call? The FSU fumble in the end zone from 2 years ago. I thought Wes was going to fall out of the booth on that one.

Who cares (the original)

April 20th, 2011
8:29 am

@Jason. Don’t care if you like Wes or not, or anyone for that matter. What basis do you have to call him “fat dump that is a terrible family man!!”???

That is a uncalled for shot, and you should hope to have 1/10th the class that he has.

Go Jackets!!!

UGASlobberknocker

April 20th, 2011
8:30 am

I cant see Durham leaving Tech for UNC given his Falcons deal and the huge difference in the Atlanta and Raleigh markets. He has too much going on here .

I like Durham a lot on both the Tech and Falcon broadcasts even though I do think he is too big of a name dropper.

51WTGW50

April 20th, 2011
8:37 am

Slobberknocker
He also has his 790theZone gig with Barnhart. I don’t think he wants to go. He is BIG in a Big market.

collegeballfan

April 20th, 2011
8:37 am

Memory says Wes applied for the Tennessee job several years ago.

UNC would not be a move up if the Falcon job is secure. Between Tech and the Falcons he must be doing pretty well money-wise.

FullMetalJacket

April 20th, 2011
8:39 am

Wes would be greatly missed if he leaves, and I am sure most Tech fans really hope he will stay. While I don’t think money would be the issue, Tech should pony up some incentives if necessary to keep him. I believe many fans don’t realize how professional and how much better Wes is compared to so many other college broadcasters. I remember Larry Munson commenting before his retirement that Wes was the best in the business when asked about the “younger” broadcasters. Obviously, that was not something he had to say, it was something he had to believe to say it. Travelling around the Southeast on the weekends and listening to a lot of football broadcasts, I know Munson is right.

GT65

April 20th, 2011
8:41 am

WHO CARES@8:29…agree 100% we don’t need that crap!

Mr. D as my son says…We hope you stay. Keep up the good work with GT & Falcons.

Thanks Ken for the report. Any and all news is important on GT. Keep it up.

GT FAN4EVER

April 20th, 2011
8:45 am

DONT LEAVE WES!!!! Your OWN Story is here with GT and the Falcons!!!!!!

FullMetalJacket

April 20th, 2011
8:45 am

Despite the strong ties and obvious emotional bonds of the Durham family with UNC, I think Wes is his own man and realizes the advantages of the Atlanta media market and living in the metro area. I am sure UNC will court him but hopefully he and wife Victoria feel like Ga. Tech and Atlanta are home. We at Tech sure feel like they are family.

FullMetalJacket

April 20th, 2011
8:48 am

By the way, Wes’ show with Tony Barnhart on the radio is the best sports show in Atlanta. Unfortunately, one or the other is often on assignment, but their experience and rational insight, together with the humor and beach music bumpers, make it excellent listening.

NovaJacket

April 20th, 2011
8:49 am

I Sue Engineers,

Talk about ACC myopia! More people already know Wes than ever knew his father. Most people outside of the ACC don’t know who Woody Durham is and those that do think of him in terms of being Wes’ father. Wes may feel some heart tug for UNC, but his head will tell him that he has a much bigger audience in Atlanta.