NC State radio’s Gary Hahn ‘suspended indefinitely’ for comments

The play-by-play voice of the Wolfpack reference "illegal aliens" during the team's Duke's Mayo Bowl broadcast

CHARLOTTE — Gary Hahn, the radio play-by-play announcer for NC State, was suspended indefinitely Friday after making a reference to “illegal aliens” while announcing the score of a bowl game in El Paso, Texas, during the Wolfpack’s game against Maryland in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

Hahn was disciplined by NC State broadcast rightsholder Learfield Communications. While Hahn was giving the score of the Sun Bowl, he said: “Down among all the illegal aliens in El Paso it’s UCLA 14 and Pittsburgh 6.”

Wolfpack Sports Properties general manager Kyle Winchester, in a statement relayed by the school, said the broadcaster was suspended “from his agreement indefinitely following comments made during today’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl radio broadcast.” N.C. State referred inquiries to Learfield’s statement.

The Sun Bowl canceled its annual “fan fiesta” because the city’s convention center is being used to house migrants awaiting immigration decisions, according to reports.

Hahn, the radio voice for NC State since the 1990-91 season and NC Sportscaster of the Year in 2010 and 2020, did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Maryland beat NC State 16-12 in the game at Bank of America Stadium.