Columbia, SC (WLTX) - He's a Gamecock tradition, a man who has been a part of the Gamecock football 'team' for more than three decades. But now, band director, band announcer, and fan favorite Pat Wylie is retiring.
Wylie has introduced the band and announced the pre-game ceremonies before football games for years and he says that his time spent behind the mic at Williams-Brice will be something he will never forget.
"Keep your seats ladies and gentlemen because now we present the musical magic of the Carolina band," you may have heard him say over the years.
Wylie says 38 years ago he says was in the right place at the right time.
"He[the man making the hiring decision at the time] said you have a good voice you know the band announcer has quit and you have a good voice why don't you come and announce for the band so that's how it happened," said Wylie.
The years of memories to great to count, from announcing the retirement of George Rodgers's jersey to being there for the Gamecocks first ever win against Tennessee. But to let Wylie tell it, there's something else he'll remember most.
"To know the band staff and the directors and the students, the thousands of students over the years, the friendships the relationship I think have been the most important thing to me personally," said Wylie.
After more than 300 football games in the booth, Wylie's retirement came to an end after this year's last home game against Troy.
"The last game was sort of bittersweet against Troy on Nov. 20th. Much to my surprise the band had planned some recognition for me that I knew nothing about."
He may no longer work the booth, but his love for his job, and his Gamecocks, will not quit.
"You're invisible, but you're very much present," said Wylie.
While his presence may have been invisible, it has not gone, unnoticed.
As for the future, Wylie says he's going to be taking things a little bit easier. He says he can't wait to sit back and watch the game from the comfort of his living room this weekend.