Verne earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Texas Lutheran University in 1962 and received that school's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with his wife, Nancy, and serves on the Board of Directors of the summer chamber music festival, "Strings in the Mountains". The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys from 1972-84, Verne was sports director at WFAA-TV in Dallas for 16 years and won seven consecutive Texas Sportscaster of the Year Awards (1977-83). He joined CBS Sports in 1982, and has called every figure skating competition on CBS since 1989, including the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Olympics. He switched networks to work for TNT beginning in 1995, and returned to CBS Sports in 1998. Lundquist serves as a play-by-play announcer for CBS' coverage of NCAA basketball, including the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Verne provided commentary for the Masters for more than 20 years, and has covered other PGA Tour events. He also spent eight years at ABC Sports. Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.