- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Bill Roth is leaving after 27 years as Virginia Tech’s play-by-play voice to take the same job at UCLA.

Roth will work his last game as the voice of the Hokies at their spring football game on Saturday.

Roth was a 22-year-old Syracuse graduate when he was hired at Virginia Tech in 1988. He says he has a dozen family members in Los Angeles and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be closer to them or to work in iconic venues like the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion.

Athletic director Whit Babcock says Virginia Tech will honor Roth’s long history with the Hokies with the creation of a scholarship it will award in perpetuity to a student-athlete at the school with an interest in communications or broadcast journalism.

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