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'Voice of the Bulldogs' Jack Cristil dies at 88

Voice-of-MSU-Bulldogs_rgbSTARKVILLE — Jack Cristil, who called more than 1,500 Mississippi State contests, has died.

In a news release, the university said Cristil died last night at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo of complications from kidney disease and cancer after an extended illness. He was 88.

Cristil was the “Voice of the Bulldogs” for 58 years. He began in 1953 and retired in 2011. He called 636 football games. At the time he retired, he had called 60 percent of the football games played in the history of the program. He voiced 54 seasons of Mississippi State basketball, almost 55 percent of all the games played at the school.

The university said funeral arrangements are pending.

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