RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Paul Eells, the voice of the Razorbacks whose trademark call of "Touchdown, Arkansas!" endeared him to generations of sports fans, was killed in a car accident. He was 70.
He died Monday night in a head-on collision on Interstate 40
that also took the life of another driver, police said.
Gov. Mike Huckabee called Eells "a great man and true Arkansas
icon." He said Tuesday state flags will fly at half staff on the
day of Eells' funeral and asked for prayers for Eells' family.
"The reason that Paul Eells was so beloved in this state was
not only for his unmatched professional skills ... but for his
authentic optimism, kindness, and thoughtfulness," the governor
Eells was sports director of Little Rock television station KATV
for nearly three decades. He handled play-by-play coverage of
Arkansas Razorbacks football on radio and basketball on television.
He was killed while returning to his home at Little Rock after
playing in a golf tournament for sports figures and the media at
Fayetteville. He had also interviewed Arkansas football coach
Houston Nutt for KATV during the visit, according to the television
Eells was Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year 11 times and was
honored with The Associated Press award for best sports
play-by-play several times.
Eells, who was born in West Branch, Iowa, is survived by his
wife, Vickie, a son and two daughters.