Alabama football coach Nick Saban excited for return of Eli Gold to radio booth

Eli Gold, the radio voice of the Crimson Tide Sports Network, is working his way back to the booth this season after missing the 2022 season with health issues that were found to be cancerous last December. And Alabama coach Nick Saban will be glad to welcome him back.

Gold, 69, had been calling Alabama football and basketball games every year since 1988 until last season.

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"I love Eli. He's been with us for a long time. He's part of the tradition around here as far as being the voice of the Crimson Tide Network in a lot of ways, whether it's the radio show or whatever it is," Saban said. "I'm just happy for him and his family that he's getting healthier and he's able to get around. He's going to be able to get back and do what he loves doing, and we're going to do everything we can to support him."

CTSN's Chris Stewart took over for Gold during his absence. Gold beat his cancer through chemotherapy treatments that lasted through April, and is now preparing to return to his normal CTSN duties with an eye toward the Crimson Tide's season opener against Middle Tennessee State.

"Even though it might not be 100% full throttle — we're sort of working him back into it — I'm excited to have him back because I love working with him," Saban added.

Alabama hosts MTSU on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network).

Tuscaloosa News columnist Chase Goodbread is also the weekly co-host of Crimson Cover TV on WVUA-23 and the Talkin' Tide podcast. Reach him at Follow on Twitter @chasegoodbread.

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