Gene Deckerhoff gets a large dose of humility.
Gene Deckerhoff gets a large dose of humility.

Never have I heard anyone more arrogant about their football team than Gene Deckerhoff, the Florida State play-by-play announcer, during his interview for a local radio sports talk show on 93.9 FM last Friday.

Deckerhoff got exactly what he deserved when the University of Louisville dissected the Seminoles 63-20 the following day.

At one point, Gene Deckerhoff said he “would have to use a microscope to find any chinks” in Florida State’s armor. He noted that FSU’s offensive line was by far more superior to last year’s offensive line. He also expected Dalvin Cook “to have a breakout game against Louisville to be honest with you.” And “I honestly think this is best defensive line Florida State has had in the last 15 or 20 years,” expecting them to get a sack or two of Lamar Jackson.

On and on, he went. Totally obnoxious.

Hats off to for the video below. The only thing sweeter would be Deckerhoff’s actual play-by-play. Here’s hoping that becomes available.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

6 thoughts on “Humble pie for Gene Deckerhoff, the voice of Florida State football”
  1. Great video. That guy was a total knob on R&R, no humility at all. He sounded like a mentally unbalanced message board troll instead of a play-by-play guy. I would love for them to get him back on the show early this week and see what he has to say now.

    Also, we should be thankful to have Paul Rogers as our voice instead of someone like this guy.

  2. Gene is a great guy. Accessible, friendly, knowledgeable. He drank the Kool-Aid the FSU coaches served him. Please don’t judge him off of this one interview in a decades-long career, just as I won’t judge all Ville fans off the actions of a couple of idiots who thought it would be fun to dump beer from their suite down onto FSU fans the third quarter last Saturday.

    1. Martha, thanks for the comment. The problem in this instance was that he refused to show any respect at all, going out of his way not to acknowledge that University of Louisville football belonged in the same company as Florida State.

  3. I’ve been there. Was absolutely positive that Louisville WBB would defeat Syracuse in the ACC Tournament semifinals and went on radio to pontificate about it. I didn’t show Syracuse much respect either. They handled the Cards that day and went on to finish National runner ups. You support your team. Larry was over-the-top on his responses and could have taken a different approach…but he said what he believed. For that, you can’t fault him…but you can credit the UofL Football team for surprising a lot of non-UofL fans

    1. So you’re the one that got the Syracuse women all fired up. 🙂 Respect for the opponent should be among the first considerations for people representing any athletic program.

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