George, voice of Bud Walton, has become voice of the SEC Tournament

By: Bob Holt
Published: Saturday, March 11, 2017
John George watches warmups prior to an SEC Tournament game on Thursday, March 9, 2016, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
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John George watches warmups prior to an SEC Tournament game on Thursday, March 9, 2016, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

— John George, the longtime public address announcer for Arkansas Razorbacks' basketball games, is in his 11th year filling that role at the SEC Tournament.

"I appreciate the opportunity the SEC gave me, and I'm thankful they keep asking me back," George said Friday. "It's a very big honor to do this."

George replaced Carl Stephens -- the SEC Tournament's public address announcer from 1979-2006 before retiring -- in 2007.

"The SEC has a great staff and group of volunteers I've really enjoyed working with the entire time," George said. "It's people from every school, so it's really nice to be able to represent our school."

George said he has been the public address announcer for 636 Razorbacks' games since the 1980-81 season. Friday's four games upped his SEC Tournament total to 126.

The only two SEC Tournament games George said he hasn't announced were in 2007. He worked the first two of four games on the opening session, then someone else handled the last two.

George said he hasn't missed a game since. He's done 13 games in five days since 2013 when the SEC added Missouri and Texas A&M.

"It's not as hard as it would be if I had to do 13 Razorback games in five days, because I don't yell as much," George said.

George, 60, said he's hopes to announce for the Razorbacks and the SEC for a few more years.

"I don't know exactly how long," he said. "I think my voice probably will tell me when it's time to stop."

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