Tom Dillon, legendary 'Voice of the Sun Devils' passes away


December 2, 2008

It is with deep sorrow that the Arizona State University Athletic Department announces the loss of a Sun Devil great. Tom Dillon, the long-time radio Voice of the Sun Devils, passed away Monday (December 1) night at his home due to an apparent heart attack. He was 65.

Tom was the Voice of the Sun Devils from 1973 through 1997 while working for KTAR radio and was recipient of the Arizona Sportscaster of the Year accolades 17 times. Most recently, Tom was the play-by-play announcer for Sports USA Radio, which provided national coverage of college football games. He called the Alabama-Auburn game last Saturday and was preparing to call the ASU-Arizona game this Saturday in Tucson. Download Full Image

As the Voice of the Sun Devils, Tom was on hand to call several memorable games in ASU athletic history, including the Sun Devils' two Rose Bowl appearances (1987 and 1997 games) as well as the men's basketball team's run to the Sweet 16 in 1995.

Tom loved the Christmas holidays and once called a game dressed in a Santa suit. He was the No. 1 source for a good joke and was everyone's resource for where to dine while on the road in the Pacific-10 Conference.

He will be missed dearly by everyone in the Sun Devil family.

Details of service arrangements are forthcoming.

Four Sun Devils earn Pac-10 All-Academic football honors


December 2, 2008

Arizona State University football student-athletes Mike">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/nixon_mike00.html">Mike Nixon, Colin">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/parker_colin00.html">Colin Parker, Anthony">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/reyes_anthony00.html">A... Reyes and Thomas">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/weber_thomas00.html">Th... Weber have been selected to the Pacific-10 All-Academic football team, the conference announced today. Nixon (Phoenix, Ariz.) was a First Team honoree, while Parker (Chandler, Ariz.), Reyes (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Weber (Loyola, Calif.) were all Second Team selections. This is the second straight year Nixon has received First Team honors.

Nixon carries a 4.05 GPA as a political science major. The junior linebacker leads the Pac-10 with five interceptions this season. He was also named an ESPN The Magazine ESPN First Team Academic All-District VIII selection for the second straight year. Parker, a redshirt freshman linebacker, has a 3.28 GPA in business. Reyes, a senior linebacker, is a BIS major with a 3.32 GPA. Weber, a sophomore kicker and punter, has a 3.10 GPA in kinesiology. He was a First Team All-Academic selection in 2007. Download Full Image

A student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and be in their second year at a university to be eligible.