He is known by most as ‘The Voice’, and now Matt Lepay’s loyalty and dedication will be recognized as he will enter the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. The University of Wisconsin broadcaster has been covering Badgers’ Football and Basketball since 1994 and 1988 respectively, and has garnered the respect of not just a University, but a whole state in his time in Madison. As the University acknowledges his commitment to his role, we roll back the years and take a look at Lepay’s biggest and most memorable achievements and memories.
Entering his 25th year as the voice of Badgers’ football and basketball, Lepay has certainly been involved and seen many remarkable post-season runs and triumphant victories in his time. There was of course the famous run to the Final Four in 2000, which saw a true Cinderella moment happen right in front of our eyes. Losing in the first round two of the previous three years, nobody saw what was coming. But in true Madison sports tradition, the Badgers scraped into the tournament with their 22-14 record and took full advantage by reaching their first and only first Final Four appearance. Dick Bennett led the Badgers and shocked a nation, and Lepay was there to see it all.
It doesn’t stop there. Lepay has been as lucky when it comes to football too, after seeing the team win five conference titles in his tenure including three on the bounce between 2010-2012. He was also there to see the great victory in 1999, where the Badgers defeated the UCLA Bruins 21-16 to recapture the Rose Bowl for the first time in thirty-one years. The game was played in front of an audience of over 100,000. A truly memorable day that will live long into the history of sports at Madison.
There aren’t too many words that can describe how many great victories Matt Lepay has witnessed and called over the past 25 years, you’d have to hear it from the man himself. But what we do know is that the time under his watch has been a blast, and we can only hope for another 25 years in the same demeanour. Go Badgers!