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Former Sun Devil Danny White to Join FSN Arizona Broadcast Crew

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  • Former Sun Devil Danny White to Join FSN Arizona Broadcast Crew

    White will make his debut in the telecast of ASU's season opener with UTEP September 2 at Sun Devil Stadium.

    Aug. 24, 2004

    PHOENIX, Ariz. - Danny White, one of the greatest football players in Arizona State University history, has been hired by FSN Arizona to be its analyst for ASU Sun Devil football telecasts. White spent the past 13 years as the only Head Coach & General Manager of the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers, a team he guided to a pair of ArenaBowl championships, five ArenaBowl appearances and a 123-56 record.

    This marks White's return to the FSN broadcast booth, as he was an analyst for the network's Pac-10 Game of the Week telecasts in 1996. This season, he will be paired on FSN Arizona's ASU football games with play-by-play announcer Tom Dillon. The duo will make their debut next Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. when FSN AZ televises the Arizona State/UTEP game from Sun Devil Stadium. At this time, there are three other ASU games that White will work for FSN Arizona in 2004 -- Iowa on Sept. 18, Oregon State on Sept. 25 and at Arizona on Nov. 26, when he works with the FSN AZ's local production of the game and the UA football announcing team of Dave Sitton & Larry Smith. Additional games could be added later in the season.

    The first Arizona State football player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1997), White played collegiately for ASU from 1971-73, led his teams to a record of 32-4 and is just one of four Sun Devil football players to have his jersey retired (Pat Tillman will be the fifth later this season). White left the school as the NCAA's all-time passing yardage leader after setting seven NCAA passing records and currently, his 6,717 passing yards still rank No. 4 all-time in the ASU football record book.

    "We are very excited to have someone with Danny's playing and coaching experience become a part of our ASU football telecasts," said FSN Arizona Executive Producer Pat Murray. "We know that the passion he has for the game will carry over into the broadcast booth and our viewers are going to be impressed with the insight he can offer."

    White played professionally with the Dallas Cowboys from 1976-88, where he was a quarterback and punter, helping lead the team to five playoff appearances and three NFC East titles. He ended his career as the team's most accurate passer, setting Dallas career records for completions and touchdown passes and had a record of 67-35 as a starter.

    As the head coach of the Arizona Rattlers, he was inducted into the Arena Football League's Hall of Fame in 2002 and helped form the club into the model for all other AFL teams to follow. With no previous coaching experience, he took over the reigns of the expansion Rattlers in 1992 and just one year later, was named the league's Coach of the Year. In 1993, he took the team to its first ArenaBowl, where the Rattlers won the Valley's first professional sports title. Another ArenaBowl championship ensued in 1997 and he became just the second coach in AFL history to win 100 games during the 2001 season.

    FSN Arizona continues to televise the most regional sports action in the state, airing approximately 1,200 hours of original local programming a year. The network is the exclusive cable television home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Rattlers, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Arizona Rattlers and the nightly Arizona Sports Report. The network is currently seen in 1.8 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services.