Former KU guard Greg Gurley will replace former Jayhawk Chris Piper as the radio analyst for KU men's basketball games, highlighting a shuffling of analysts for the 2012-13 season.
Piper is slated to move to the Jayhawk IMG Television network, a change that will allow him to scale back his time commitment. In past years, the television network has only broadcast the games not on a national network, usually resulting in close to a half-dozen games. Gurley, who will now join long-time play-by-play voice Bob Davis for every KU game on radio, previously worked in the television role.
“It has been a tremendous honor to work with Bob Davis and the best coach in the country, Bill Self,” Piper said. “My family has always been my first priority, and as my children get older, I find it harder and harder to be gone so much during the season.”
The move, Piper says, will also allow him to focus more on his Lawrence-based business; he’s an owner of Grandstand Sportswear and Glassware, which produces licensed collegiate merchandise.
“This is a natural switch,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “Greg has great experience and knows our program just like Chris does, and Pipe will be able to stay active with the television broadcasts and have more time for his family and work.”
Gurley, who attended Shawnee Mission South in Overland Park, played at KU from 1992-95 under former KU coach Roy Williams. He joined the athletic department during the summer of 2011 in a fundraising capacity, taking over as the director of development for the Williams Education Fund. He takes over the radio gig just six years after Piper replaced the legendary Max Falkenstien.
“I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Gurley said. “Not many have sat in that chair when you talk 60 years of Max and the seven seasons Chris was there. Working with a legendary broadcaster like Bob Davis will be an honor. He is the best in the business.”