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Rose: I Wasn't Forced Out

Jim Rose announced Tuesday morning on KFAB's Good Morning Show that he would "give up the game."
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The man who has called Husker games for the last six years is stepping down, and the "voice of the Huskers" said he wasn't forced out. Jim Rose announced Tuesday morning on KFAB's "Good Morning Show" that he would "give up the game."

Rose said he became concerned over the past few weeks that he was losing touch with the things that were important in his life, like his family. Rose said he has thoroughly enjoyed his time calling the Husker games.

Rose was absent from the broadcast booth during Saturday's game against Kansas. Rose said Tuesday he took the weekend to think over his decision.

"I just can't be this anymore," Rose said. "Not because I don't love it, because I do. It's just I can't make this sacrifice anymore. It's not fair to my family. It's not fair to me, and it's not fair to my friends."

Rose's resignation is effective immediately.

Rose took over as the Husker's play-by-play announcer in 2002. He also called Husker baseball games and hosted "The Bill Callahan Show."

Recently, he said, he began to feel tired.

"I was concerned about my health and I saw doctors. I've not been diagnosed with any critical medical condition," Rose said.

Rose said he's not being forced out of the job. He also said that the Huskers' recent football struggles have nothing to do with his departure.

"The losses -- that's not part of this. The ball club -- sure, we wish they'd played better, but that didn't really have anything to do with it," Rose said.

General Manager of the Husker Sports Network David Witty confirmed Rose's stance.

"This was Jim's decision," Witty said.

During Tuesday's regular Husker news conference, Bill Callahan said he is sad to see Rose go.

"I sincerely appreciate his hard work and efforts. For the fans of Nebraska, he's got great passion for this program. He's a great guy. He's a class act. He's been outstanding and I want to wish him the best," Callahan said.

General Manager of the Husker Sports Network David Witty confirmed Rose's stance.

"This was Jim's decision," Witty said.

Rose said the job was rewarding and it was his dream job.

"This is about a life that is very important to me and the people that are closest to me," he said.

Witty said he hasn't begun looking for candidates. For now, Greg Sharpe -- a former Kansas State announcer -- will call the games.

"That will get us through the rest of the football season, and then we'll address where we go from there, once football season is over with," Witty said.

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