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Clark Kellogg can't see son's game
Clark Kellogg knows he is not the first father to miss a child's activity because of a work conflict.
So the CBS analyst refuses to lament the fact his son Nick will be playing in the Sweet 16 Friday in St. Louis at the same time he is working at another Sweet 16 site in Atlanta.
Still, he admitted he will be keeping an eye on the action in the Ohio-North Carolina game even as he watches the Baylor-Xavier game in front of him.
"It's not hard," he said. "It's not as hard as people think. Your emotions are there and you are taking peeks, but once I am locked into the game [I am working], I am locked into the game."
Marv Albert and Steve Kerr will call the Ohio-North Carolina game. Its tip time is scheduled for about 30 minutes after Xavier-Baylor. So Kellogg hopes to watch the end of that game between games of his doubleheader.
Kellogg kept track of Ohio's victory Sunday in Nashville on an iPad near where he was sitting courtisde in Greensboro, but he only would look at it during commercial breaks. When it was over and Ohio had secured its first Sweet 16 berth since 1964, Kellogg shared his pride with viewers.
"It was pretty emotional,'' he said. "That was kind of special that our guys in the truck, Bob Dekas and Bob Fishman, made that work with coordination from the folks in Nashville. That was off the charts."
Kellogg hoped Ohio would be assigned to Thursday/Saturday brackets, knowing that CBS usually has its No. 1 team of Kellogg and Jim Nantz at a Friday/Sunday site.
But both of the first two weekends Ohio was in Friday/Sunday cities, but not the ones Kellogg was sent to. Kellogg said he never considered asking his superiors to send him where Nick - a sophomore guard averaging 8.8 points - was playing.
"They made the assignments based on normal protocol," he said.
Clark Kellogg said Nick would "love" for him to call his games, but Clark said that would be difficult.
"I am not interested in doing that unless it just happens," he said. "I think that would be harder than what I am doing now. It would be great to be there, but it would be hard. I would be willing to do it if it unfolded but it is not something I would seek out."
Kellogg said "there are times when your job takes prece dence" and said he felt fortunate to be able to see more than half of Nick's regular-season games.
Of course, if Ohio somehow wins two more games and makes an improbable Final Four appearance, Kellogg will be there to see it, courtside, calling it on national TV.
"Then it is a non-issue," he said. "We will be hooked up. If they can somehow miraculously get two more, that will be a great, great thing to have to deal with."