Tech voice Andy Demetra misses game due to illness

Jan 28, 2018
September 18, 2012 -Atlanta: This is an exterior view of Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. The new basketball arena has a seating capacity of 8,600 and cost $50million dollars. JOHNNY CRAWFORD /JCRAWFORD@AJC.COM

Georgia Tech voice Andy Demetra sat out the Yellow Jackets’ Sunday night game against Clemson at McCamish Pavilion after falling ill earlier in the day.

Demetra was to call both the women’s basketball game against Virginia earlier in the day, but succumbed to illness just before the start of the ACC Network Extra broadcast. He remained on site with hopes to call the men’s game for the Tech radio network, but was persuaded to take the night off.

The Tech broadcast team had to scramble, as Demetra became unavailable just minutes before the broadcast was to start. Andrew Clausen, an intern in the sports communications office, handled the first half of the women’s game as Wiley Ballard, the sideline reporter for Tech football games, raced to the arena. Ballard took over for the second half and called the men’s game with Randy Waters.

According to a tweet from Demtra, it was the first time in 14 years of broadcasting that he missed a game due to illness.