The Blindside tells the true story of Michael Oher, the downtrodden teen taken in by a well-off Memphis family and shaped into a Division I football player.
Anyone who has seen the movie remembers the character “SJ,” who pushed Oher to get into shape and filmed all the games. The movie is famous for showcasing its share of SEC coaches during Oher’s recruiting process such as Nick Saban, Phillip Fulmer and Ed Orgeron.
Yet it is another SEC school where SJ Tuohy has found a home. He is an assistant director of football operations at Arkansas.
After graduating from Loyola, Maryland, Sean went on to play for Southern Methodist University under Morris.
The next year, he was special teams coach.
So when the coach came to Fayetteville, Tuohy came with him.
I think my favorite part of this visit was getting to meet this guy! @SJTuohy ! If you don't know who he is…go watch the movie THE BLIND SIDE…one of my son's favorite movies! ♥️♥️♥️🐗🐗🐗🏈🏈🏈 #WPS pic.twitter.com/nb0tp7YdEv
— Nek Sanders (@NekSanders1) February 12, 2018
Tuohy and new Razorbacks coach Chad Morris go way back. He said previously Morris is a family friend, according to Tom Schad, now with USA Today.
“(The Morrises) have a place in Destin, Florida, close to us,” Tuohy explained. “And I was talking to him about it, and he was like, ‘Why don’t you come play football for me here at SMU? You can walk on to the basketball team.’ I was like, ‘Surely you’re kidding. I haven’t played football in five years.’ ’’
It also appears from the tweet that Tuohy’s presence doesn’t hurt in recruiting, either. Needless to say, it should be an interesting day in the Tuohy household when the Razorbacks play Ole Miss in Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 13.
Not only did Oher play for the Rebels, Tuohy’s father Sean was a basketball legend at Ole Miss, earning All-SEC honors every year from 1979 to 1982.