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Sam Clovis 1967 basketball

Sam Clovis was reserve on 1967 Buhler, Kan. high school basketball championship team. (File photo by The Hutchinson News.)

Sam Clovis, the Morningside College professor and KSCJ-AM morning radio host, appears to be aiming for a 2014 U.S. Senate campaign in Iowa. At 6 p.m. Monday, he will hold an event at the Sioux City downtown Holiday Inn, where he is expected to announce his candidacy.

If so, Clovis would join a Republican field with former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker and David Young, a former key aide to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Trying not to overstate, but Clovis has something of a rock star quality with Siouxland tea party people. His appearances a campaign events and in the Coffee With Sam events in recent years draw passionate followers who revel in his conservative statements about government.

When he spoke at an Aug. 31, 2011, tea party rally, Clovis began with, "I don't think there is anybody here who doesn't know who I am."

Here are seven facts about Clovis you may not know:

1. Clovis lives in rural Hinton, not Sioux City.

2. He is highly interested in national defense, having completed a 25-year Air Force career and served as a fellow with Homeland Security Institute.

3. He is a member of the Kansas High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was a back-up guard on the Buhler, Kansas, team that won the state 1967 Class A basketball title, and the team was inducted in 2012.

Clovis was a four-sport participant -- a linebacker and fullback who obviously liked contact in football, a discus, javelin and shot put thrower in track and a catcher in baseball, which he said was his best sport.

4. He most enjoys 1960s-era Motown music, not the Beatles or Rolling Stones from his youth. ("Absolutely neither. I never got the English thing.")

5. He is the parent to three grown sons, two from a first marriage, and one from his wife, Charlotte.

6. Clovis loves two films beyond all others, "Patton" and "Lawrence of Arabia." He said it is no exaggeration that he's seen "Patton" 100 times and the other 50.

"They are first and second, and everything else is a distant third."

7. While Clovis, who is chairman of the economics and business administration department, takes in Morningside sports, he was not been present when the women's basketball team won an NAIA title in Sioux City in 2009. The man has a busy life and can't do it all.

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