Pictured are (left to right) Assistant Headmaster Shaw Wilson '84, Bill Cushman '59, and David Paschall '85
David Paschall '85, noted sports columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, delivered the 2019 Cushman Lecture on April 24 in Alumni Chapel. The Cushman Lecture Series, which began in 2002, honors retired faculty member Bill Cushman '59, one of Baylor's most treasured alums and teachers.
Paschall recounted how his remarkable career in sports journalism has roots in his years at Baylor, where he self-published "The Long Bomb," a weekly circular in which he prognosticated results of every upcoming college and professional football game. His love for all sports and sports stories has culminated in his becoming one of the country's leading experts on Southeastern Conference football.
A winner of numerous state and national awards for his reporting, Paschall has served as a voter for the Harris Poll, which determines BCS championship college football teams, and has been a voter for the Heisman Trophy for 17 years. Paschall also serves as a co-host of the popular "Press Row" radio show, heard each weekday on ESPN radio, and has contributed to the SEC TV Network's "Classic Rewind" series for the last five years.
Pachall and his wife, Kelly, live on Lookout Mountain and have three children including Baylor eighth grader, Conner.