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Paul Shirley goes Hollywood

Geoff Wood

In his latest blog at, former Iowa Stater, Paul Shirley talks about his move to LA to join a Chinese basketball team.

What he doesn't mention is that he recently had a bit part in Glory Road, the basketball version of "Remember the Titans". We haven't seen the flick yet but will soon. It's the story of tiny pre-UTEP, UTEP winning the national title under long-time coach Don Haskins. It takes a seven degrees of Paul Shirley to figure out who he got in the film but apparently it traces back to Tim Floyd who was Shirley's recruiter and first coach at Iowa State (before he left to coach the Jordan-less Chicago Bulls). Floyd, who's daughter (Ames High grad) Shannon is also in the flick, was Haskins' protege at UTEP and is apparently a producer in the film. In the ultimate of insults, guess which character Shirley plays? A center for Iowa. Uck.

Iowa State hasn't had this much movie fame since former WR Damien Groce played Nelly's stunt double in Sandler's remake of The Longest Yard.

In other Shirley/Hollywood news, it appears his little ESPN column has spurned an sitcom pilot script for the Fox network:

"THE 12TH MAN (A.K.A. UNTITLED TIM STORY COMEDY PROJECT) (FOX) - FOX has given a pilot order to director Tim Story ("Fantastic Four") and writer Dan Fogelman's ("Like Family") comedy project for the network. The single-camera half-hour revolves around a pro basketball player who's not quite good enough to get much court time and feels marginalized as a result. Fogelman is writing the pilot script to the project, which is based on former pro basketball player Paul Shirley's blog "My So-Called NBA Career" on Story then will direct and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour along with Fogelman. Shirley himself will also serve as a producer."

Maybe Fox will commission a pilot based on Nah, it's probably better suited for WB.