Sean Tuohy

Sean Tuohy
College University of Mississippi
Conference Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Sport Basketball
Position Point guard
Nationality American
Born (1959-11-23) November 23, 1959
High school Isidore Newman School
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
Southeastern Conference All-time leader in assists

Sean Albro Tuohy (born November 23, 1959)[1] is an American sports commentator and restaurateur. He played college basketball at the University of Mississippi in the early 1980s, and is known for being the all-time assist leader in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Tuohy, his wife Leigh Anne, and his family are a subject of Michael Lewis' 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and its 2009 feature film adaptation, The Blind Side, where he is portrayed by Tim McGraw.[2] The book and subsequent film are based on the Tuohys' raising of National Football League player Michael Oher, who was recently released by the Carolina Panthers.

Early life

Tuohy was raised Roman Catholic.[3] Tuohy is the son of Mida (Michell) and Edward "Skeets" Tuohy, a basketball coach at the prestigious Isidore Newman School,[4][5] in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the Tuohy Gymnasium is named in his honor.[6][7] Tuohy graduated from Newman. Out of high school, Tuohy was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds to play baseball, but turned down the offer to attend college. With sports as his "meal ticket" through high school and college, Tuohy left New Orleans for the University of Mississippi on a basketball scholarship.[8][9][10]


Tuohy attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Mississippi Alpha chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, played basketball, and also met his future wife Leigh Anne.

Tuohy led the Ole Miss Rebels to their first SEC Men's Basketball Tournament championship in 1981. As a player at Ole Miss, Tuohy was named All-SEC in each of his four seasons. He was named to the All-Century SEC team and is the only basketball player in the history of the SEC to lead a statistical category for four years, as he did with assists. Tuohy holds the record for single season assists in the Southeastern Conference with 260. Tuohy is only the fourth basketball player ever chosen to the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame.[11] Drafted by the NBA's New Jersey Nets with the 218th pick (Round 10)[12] in 1982, he opted to continue his career overseas before returning to the U.S. to be with his father in his final days.[13]


Tuohy and his wife own over 85 fast food franchises, including those of Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Long John Silver's.[14]

Tuohy has also been a broadcaster for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA since 2001.[11] He has seven years of experience as an analyst for radio broadcasts at Ole Miss, as well as national broadcasts for Westwood One and CBS Radio.

Tuohy and his wife are also the co-authors of the book, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, which was released in 2010.[15]

Personal life

Tuohy married his wife, Leigh Anne, in 1982 and the couple have two children together, and are also the adoptive parents of Michael Oher. In addition to Michael Oher,[16][17] the Tuohys are parents to daughter Collins Tuohy (December 1986), who was a state champion at the pole vault and cheerleader,[18] and son Sean Tuohy Jr. (July 1993), who played guard for the Loyola Greyhounds. Tuohy and his wife live in Memphis, Tennessee.


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  2. Patrick Goldstein, "Actor tackles sizable role in 'The Blind Side'", Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2009.
  3. Leigh Anne Tuohy is the Real “Blind side” Mother Photos and Video. | RightFielders Women in Sports Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.. (2009-12-30). Retrieved on 2012-06-01.
  4. "'The Blind Side' reminds me of a great prep basketball coach". Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  6. Mike Scott, "Sandra Bullock's 'The Blind Side' boasts deep local connections", The Times-Picayune, November 14, 2009.
  7. "Newman Honors Legendary Coach Ed “Skeets” Tuohy", Isidore Newman School, April 1, 2011.
  8. Lewis, Michael (2007). The Blind Side. New York, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-393-33047-2.
  9. In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. Henry Holt and Company. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  11. 1 2 "Meet the Grizzlies Broadcast Team". Official website. NBA. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  12. 1982 NBA Draft. (1982-06-29). Retrieved on 2012-06-01.
  13. Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau. retrieved August 27, 2009.
  14. Ashby, Andy (2007-06-29). "RGT Management plans to aggressively grow new chain in its portfolio, Off the Grill". Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  15. "'In a Heartbeat' highlights the bright side of the Tuohys". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  16. Lewis, Michael (September 24, 2006). "The Ballad of Big Mike". The New York Times Magazine
  17. "People | Depth Chart". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  18. The Blind Side True Story – Real Leigh Anne Tuohy, Michael Oher. Retrieved on 2012-06-01.
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