Clark Kellogg

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Clark Kellogg
Clark Kellogg in 2012.jpg
Kellogg at the White House in 2012 for CBS's The Final Four Show
Personal information
Born (1961-07-02) July 2, 1961 (age 57)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio)
College Ohio State (1979–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career 1982–1986
Position Small forward
Number 33
Career history
19821986 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. (born July 2, 1961) is the former VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, and a former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).


Basketball career[edit]

High school[edit]

Clark "Special K" Kellogg grew up in East Cleveland, Ohio, attended Chambers Elementary, W.H. Kirk Middle School (both in East Cleveland), and St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a high school basketball career generally regarded as the finest in Cleveland history. The highlight was a 79–65 loss in the state championship game to Columbus East that saw Kellogg score 51 points and grab 24 rebounds. His 51-point game is still an Ohio high school state finals record. Kellogg also played in the McDonald's All-American and Capital Classic games.


From 1979 to 1982, Kellogg played for Ohio State University, where he earned All-Big Ten Conference and Most Valuable Player honors; in 1996, he received his marketing degree. In June 2010, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Kellogg to the university's board of trustees, where he sits today.[1]


In 1982, Kellogg declared for the NBA draft after his junior year of college and was the 1st round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers. In his first season, he was selected as a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team. He is one of only a handful of rookies in NBA history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. He was much heralded as the next breakout NBA superstar. Converse signed him to an endorsement deal, to release his own Converse "Special K" sneaker. However, he only played three full seasons, and portions of two others, for the Pacers before chronic knee problems forced him to retire. During his three full seasons with the Pacers, the Pacers were a combined 68–178.

Personal life[edit]

Kellogg has two sons, Alex and Nick, and a daughter, Talisa. Nick played basketball for Ohio University[2] and Talisa played Division I volleyball at Georgia Tech.

Kellogg became a Christian in 1985 after questioning his "purpose in life."[3] Kellogg has spoken about his faith saying, " faith remains my foundation. Christ is my all and the driver of my life."[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]


In 1990, he joined ESPN as a basketball analyst. He has also worked for the Big East Network and Prime Sports.


Kellogg served as a television analyst for Indiana Pacers road games.

CBS Sports[edit]

From 1993 to 1994, Kellogg served as a game analyst for the CBS Sports coverage of the NCAA Tournament. From 1994 to 1997, he served as a studio co-host for the early round coverage of the NCAA Tournament. In 1997, Kellogg joined CBS Sports full-time as a studio/game analyst for college basketball coverage and was one of three in-studio hosts for March Madness along with Greg Gumbel and Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis. He would typically work as the #2 game analyst until around Championship Week when he would move into the studio for the remainder of the season. He is known for using the phrase "spurtability" as a reference to a team's ability to score points in quick succession.

Kellogg replaced Billy Packer as CBS' lead basketball game analyst beginning in the 2008–2009 college basketball season and called the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with Jim Nantz.[5] He also worked games at the beginning of the season with Verne Lundquist when Nantz was on other CBS Sports duties including the NFL and golf.[6]

In March 2010, Kellogg played a game of H.O.R.S.E. against U.S. President Barack Obama. The game, called "P.O.T.U.S." for the occasion, was won by Obama, who had P.O.T.U. to Kellogg's P.O.T.U.S.[7]

During the 2012 NCAA men's tournament, the Ohio Bobcats, for whom Kellogg's son, Nick, played, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round with a win over South Florida in Nashville. At the same time Kellogg was calling another tournament game, the LehighXavier game almost 500 miles away in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kellogg, in a digression from his impartiality as a commentator, exclaimed "Way to go Bobcats!" when the final score rolled on his monitor.[8]

In 2014, Kellogg returned to his previous role as a studio analyst. In return, Greg Anthony (who himself had been a studio analyst since 2008) took over Kellogg's role as lead college basketball game analyst.

NBA 2K announcer[edit]

Kellogg appeared in the popular NBA video game NBA 2K9 as the co-commentator alongside Kevin Harlan.[9] The pair rejoined for future games in the series; they have appeared in every game since, including NBA 2K18.[10]