Tragedy, failure, triumph: Showboats quarterback has experienced it all

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 28, 2023 9:37 AM CT | Published: May 19, 2023 11:39 AM CT

Ten years ago, Cole Kelley was shot while driving and one of his passengers died. Five years ago, angry SEC fans booed him off the field. Today, he’s starting for Memphis in the USFL.

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Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley

Tim is a veteran sportswriter who graduated from CBHS in Memphis and the University of Missouri. He previously covered LSU sports in Baton Rouge, and the University of Louisiana football and basketball for The Daily Advertiser/USA TODAY Network in Lafayette, the NBA’s Utah Jazz for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, and West Texas State basketball for the Amarillo Globe News in Texas.


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