After recently having to replace a legendary coach, Alabama will have to replace another legendary icon.

Eli Gold, the iconic voice of Alabama football on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will not be returning to the broadcast booth next year, according to a report from The Tuscaloosa News.

Gold has served as the play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide for 35 years, tying himself to numerous iconic plays in Crimson Tide history, including the most recent 4th and goal from the 31-yard line touchdown pass in the 2023 Iron Bowl.

Chris Stewart, the play-by-play voice of Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network is expected to take over for Gold as well as remain on the call for Alabama basketball. Stewart filled in for Gold in 2022 during Gold's battle with cancer.

During the 2023 season, Stewart called all the Alabama road games while Gold handled all the home games and the Iron Bowl at Auburn.

Gold has had a diverse broadcasting career, calling a range of sports including ice hockey and NASCAR before joining the Alabama Crimson Tide broadcast team in 1988. He has also covered the NFL and the Arena Football League, adding to his lengthy and accomplished career.

Over the course of his career, Gold has been honored with the Alabama Sportscaster of the Year award four times, as voted on by the National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association. Additionally, he has been named the Alabama Sportscaster of the Year by the Associated Press twice during his career.

It appears that Gold is not fully retiring from broadcasting as he is expected to continue his radio broadcasting career by announcing games for the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League.

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