Learfield Sports and the University of Missouri have hired former Tiger offensive lineman Howard Richards as the new radio color commentary. Richards replaces John Cadlec who retired after 16 seasons in the booth.
Cadlec recruited Richards who started 40 straight games for Mizzou and was a first round draft pick in 1981 with the Dallas Cowboys. The St. Louis native makes his debut Sept. 3 when Mizzou opens with Miami of Ohio.
“This is a unique opportunity,” Richards said. “How many times has a person that attends a University as a student-athlete, then gets an opportunity to represent the school as part of the broadcast team? It was an opportunity that I really wanted to pursue. Especially given that Coach Kadlec, who I’m replacing, recruited me, I just couldn’t turn it down. Of all the previous opportunities before me to attempt to break into a broadcast career, I would have looked back in regret had I not pursued this opportunity. There is still a lot of youthful enthusiasm in me to do this, and this process was almost like being recruited again,” Richards said.