On Paul Eells: Nicest guy I ever knew in sports reporting has died | Rock Candy

Monday, July 31, 2006

On Paul Eells: Nicest guy I ever knew in sports reporting has died

Posted on Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 11:35 PM

Click here for the state police report on the Paul Eells accident tonight, which claimed the life of the 28-year veteran "Voice of the Razorbacks."

From the report, Eells' Chevy Impala apparently cross the median of I-40 near Russellville and collided head-on with a westbound car.

Many of us older Razorback fans will remember the night in 1974 that Bud Campbell signed off on the sports report and then woke up the next morning to learn that he had been killed in a car wreck just a little later that evening driving on Rodney Parham. Bud and Paul were similar men, though I only knew Bud personally through my parents and was just a teen at the time. Both had that superb baritone voice that made listening to the Razorbacks on radio so much fun.

I've known Eells professional since he arrived in Arkansas to broadcast the UA-Vanderbilt game in 1978, and he stayed in the position as KATV sports director and Voice of the Razorbacks until now, easily the longest tenure of any UA sports broadcaster. I can say, and everyone who ever covered the Razorbacks will agree, that he was the nicest guy and most courteous, friendly guy they'd ever been around.

There will be no one who can adequately fill the roll of yelling "Touchdown Arkansas" quite like Paul did ever again.

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