So long, B-Nash; ex-Wildcat leaving Channel 11by Anthony Gimino on Jun. 19, 2010, under Sports
Sports broadcasters from all of the local television stations — as well as a few other of us media types — gathered Thursday night to give Brandon Nash a proper farewell.
Nash, a former Arizona football player, has been with KMSB Channel 11, the local FOX affiliate, since 2005. His last telecast will be Sunday on the Sports Force, which begins at 9:15 p.m.
From my observations, Nash has always been professional in interviews and press conferences, while never taking himself too seriously … and his contributions will be missed.
He’s a smart guy, too. He’s getting out of the media business and going after a master’s degree as he and his family relocate to Oregon.
Nash arrived in Tucson in 1997 as a wide receiver recruit from Los Angeles, playing some for Dick Tomey as a true freshman. Nash was part of the 12-1 team in 1998 and played a key role in the 31-28 victory at Washington — won by Ortege Jenkins‘ Leap by the Lake.
Nash’s 23-yard reception to the 1-yard line preceded Jenkins’ game-winning flip into the end zone … although Nash told me a couple of years ago that he should have scored on his catch, but he left his feet to secure the ball.
“I just wanted to catch the ball,” Nash said.
“I caught it falling down, basically. And then I’m on the ground and look around, and I’m like, ‘Dude, the end zone is right there. I should have stayed on my feet. What the heck?’”
Nash redshirted in 1999 as he converted to defensive back. He finished his career in 2001 playing for John Mackovic. Nash certainly played through some interesting times at Arizona.
Now, at 30, he begins another chapter. We wish him all the best.