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Crimson Tide Sports Network says Gold was offered and declined limited role

Dialogue between outgoing Alabama play-by-play voice Eli Gold and the Crimson Tide Sports Network has been exchanged since it was announced yesterday that Gold would not return this season.

On an appearance on Mobile’s 105.5 WNSP this morning, Gold stated the end of the relationship was “not amicable” and that it was not his decision to step away, but rather, the university was seeking a different direction.

Hours later following Gold’s various interviews, CTSN put out a statement saying that he was offered a more limited role — but chose to turn it down.

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“After a series of conversations over a period of time, Eli was presented with an opportunity to continue his contributions to the CTSN broadcast team in the coming years in a more limited role, including the lead broadcast role for this year’s A-Day game. Unfortunately, he declined the opportunity. We will always appreciate Eli and wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavors,” the statement read in part.

Gold has made it clear to various media that he is not retiring, his health is perfectly fine, and that he is ready to work.

News broke on Friday morning from The Tennessean that Gold will be serving as the new play-by-play radio voice for the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League.

While the way the end of his tenure at Alabama is playing out is unfortunate, Gold is a undoubtedly an Alabama legend and will be appreciated forever.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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