Dottie Pepper, the former Furman and LPGA star, makes it clear. It was the writers who used the word “retirement” with regard to her broadcasting career. She never did. So after an eight-year run with NBC that ended in December and a brief hiatus, Pepper is back behind the microphone. She’s making her debut with ESPN this week on the cable network’s coverage of the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. The Greenville News checked in with Pepper, a 1987 Furman graduate and three-time All-American in college who won 17 titles and two majors on the LPGA tour.