Jim Rose spent Saturday at home with his family, watching the Nebraska-Kansas game on TV.
It was strange, yet it wasn’t, he said.
He missed announcing the game on the radio, but relished the time he had with his wife and two children, ages 11 and 7.
“I enjoyed it … really enjoyed it” the “Voice of the Huskers” said Tuesday.
In the end, it was his family and his health that prompted Rose to give up his “dream job.”
Rose, 44, resigned after six years as play-by-play announcer for the Nebraska football team, citing personal reasons.
“I think the demand of the job, of six years of getting up at 4:30 in the morning and working until late at night … it was beginning to take its toll on me,” Rose said. “I wasn’t feeling very well.”
Rose made the announcement on Omaha radio station KFAB, where he co-hosts a morning show.
Greg Sharpe replaced Rose on Saturday’s Nebraska-Kansas football broadcast and also handled Rose’s duties as host of Sunday’s televised Bill Callahan Show.
“Last week, it got to the point that there was really something tragically wrong with me,” Rose said. “I had to stop everything and figure out what it was.
“I wasn’t ready for the KU broadcast. I put in the time, but I wasn’t ready.”
Sharpe will handle Rose’s duties for the rest of the season, said David Witty, vice president and general manager of the Husker Sports Network.
Sharpe, director of operations for WIBW radio in Topeka, Kan., has done play-by-play for two televised Husker pay-per-view games this season.
“Greg did a really nice job,” Witty said. “We were fortunate to find somebody who could step in.”
Rose will remain with Husker Sports Network in the sales department. He also will continue to co-host the KFAB morning show.
He has given up all his on-air responsibilities for the network. In addition to calling Husker football games, he appeared on various pre- and post-game shows and handled play-by-play for the Nebraska baseball team.
Witty said no moves have been made to replace Rose permanently.
“The main goal is to get through the last two or three games, and then see where you’re at,” he said.
Sharpe said he’s not sure if he’ll apply for the position, noting he wanted to get through the next two weeks and visit with Rose.
“It’s something I would have to sit down with my family and talk about if Nebraska is interested in looking at me,” he said.
Rose, a Lincoln Southeast and UNL grad, replaced Warren Swain as the “Voice of the Huskers” in 2002.
“I know that any time there’s a change in the play-by-play guy in the middle of the season … shock isn’t the word, but there’s definitely a surprise there,” Witty said.
Callahan said he appreciated Rose’s hard work and effort at his weekly press conference.
“He’s been exemplary to me, and I think for the fans of Nebraska,” Callahan said. “He’s got great passion for the program. It’s sad to see that he’s stepping down.”
Adrian Fiala, who worked with Rose as a color analyst, said he understood Rose’s decision.
“His health and well-being is much more important than the sports things we’re talking about,” he said. “I told him last night he needs to get some balance back in his life and get better.”
Rose called his time as Nebraska’s announcer rewarding and exciting.
“But I was always doing a little of this and a little of that,” he said. “There always was a phone call coming in, an interview to do, a banquet to emcee …”
“I loved doing that stuff. It wasn’t work for me. I just regret the toll it was taking on me and my family.”
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