Mitchell native Culhane on the mic for West Virginia
Mitchell native Jeff Culhane found himself in less than familiar surroundings Saturday.
The sports radio personality was in Morgantown, W.V., watching the West Virginia University Mountaineers take on the William & Mary Tribe.
Perched in the press box, Culhane saw the sea of blue and gold at Milan Puskar Stadium.
"It was great," Culhane said. "West Virginia has a tradition of good football. The coaching talent that has come from the state of West Virginia is amazing. They have had guys like Bobby Bowden, Don Nehlen and Rich Rodriguez coach here. I think Nick Saban, of Alabama, and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are both from the state of West Virginia.
"The football minds that have come from this state are fascinating."
The 30-year-old wasn't there to catch a game as a spectator. He was working.
A few weeks ago Culhane, who spent the last six years working in Nebraska as a radio host and play-by-play commentator for Husker baseball, decided to take a job offer with WVU.
At UNL, Culhane hosted a three-hour talk show called Sports Nightly, which aired Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on 29 different affiliates across Nebraska. Culhane began working on the show in 2007 as a producer/co-host before moving into a solo-host role in July 2011.
At WVU, Culhane is the play-by-play voice of West Virginia baseball and women's basketball. Before basketball and baseball season, Culhane is conducting a pre- and post-game show for Mountaineer football. He added a show, which will rival UNL's, is coming soon.
"The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind," said Culhane, who got his first taste of WVU football last weekend. "I was ready for the broadcast. I thought everything went really well and I had a lot of fun. My preparation for the first broadcast was rapid and intense because I wanted to make sure that I was prepared for my first broadcast."
While Culhane is in a new place, he finds himself in familiar surroundings.
The reason for the familiarity is because WVU competes in the Big 12 Conference.
This is the Mountaineers' second year in the Big 12. Growing up a Husker fan, Culhane watched UNL compete in the Big 8 and Big 12 until 2011.
On Saturday, Culhane will travel with the Mountaineers to Norman, Okla., where WVU takes on the University of Oklahoma.
Culhane believes his familiarity with Big 12 teams -- such as Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State -- will help him in his time at WVU.
"The Big 12 has some of the all-time great programs in college football history," Culhane said. "They have Texas and Oklahoma, which are two historic programs. I am really excited to go to both the places and check out the fields."