Purdue basketball announces passing of Larry Clisby, longtime voice of Boilermakers basketball
Purdue basketball announced Saturday morning that longtime radio play-by-play man Larry Clisby has passed away. He was 74.
“Heartbroken can’t describe how we feel today,” said Purdue in a statement released on Twitter.
“The Purdue Basketball team mourns the loss of longtime radio voice Larry Clisby. He was a part of our team for over 40 years and as big a part of our program as anyone.”
Heartbroken can’t describe how we feel today.
The Purdue Basketball team mourns the loss of longtime radio voice Larry Clisby. He was a part of our team for over 40 years and as big a part of our program as anyone.
We will miss you Cliz.
— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) February 27, 2021
Head coach Matt Painter also released a statement on Twitter, calling Clisby a “huge part” of the Purdue family:
Cliz was one of a kind and a huge part of my family and the Purdue family.
I will miss you my friend.
— Purdue’s Matt Painter (@CoachPainter) February 27, 2021
According to Mike Carmin with the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Clisby was battling lung cancer since 2018. Clisby was at home in Florida when he passed.
Clisby began calling Purdue games in 1984 and called nearly 1,200 games in his career. He officially retired following the 2019-20 season with the Boilermakers.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clisby family and Purdue basketball.