This is Billy Packerís 27th season as lead analyst for CBS Sports' college basketball coverage and 34th consecutive year covering the Final Four. He won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst in 1993. Packer grew up as the son of a coach at Lehigh University and in 1958 was a Pennsylvania All-State basketball selection and two-time Connie Mack Pennsylvania Baseball most outstanding player and went on to attend Wake Forest University, from 1960-62 where he was an All-ACC guard. He led his team to two ACC titles and appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and one Final Four in 1962.
Packer returned to Wake Forest in 1965 as an assistant coach for Bones McKinney and Jack McCloskey. He began his broadcasting career in 1972 covering ACC games and is in his 35th consecutive year calling ACC games for Raycom/Jefferson Pilot Sports. He joined NBC Sports in 1974 for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and then teamed with Curt Gowdy in 1975 for the entire tournament. The following year he worked with Dick Enberg on college basketballís first regular-season network television series, as well as the NCAA Tournament. In 1978, Al McGuire joined the pair, becoming one of the most popular broadcasting trios ever.
Packer has written several books, including Hoops, College Basketball's 25 Greatest Teams, History of the Final Four and Why We Win. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial National Basketball Hall of Fame as the Curt Gowdy Media Award and the National Polish Hall of Fame. Packer also has received the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year Award. Packer graduated with an economics degree from Wake Forest University in 1962.
He is co-founder of Tour DuPont and Tour of China and the Buckler Challenger and spends the majority of his time investing and developing real estate including Old Beau Golf Club in Roaring Gap, N.C. Packer was born Feb. 25, 1940 in Wellsville, N.Y. and currently lives in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Barbara. He has three children Mark, Liz and Brandt and three grandchildren, G.G, Emerson and Jack.