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Remembering Loel Schrader

Recalling the good times with one of the best reporters, and friends, around

Updated: January 22, 2012, 4:45 PM ET
By Steve Bisheff | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- The twinkle in his eye. That's what everyone should always remember about Loel Schrader.

It was a warm, rich twinkle that never failed to brighten a room, or a practice field or even a tense, crowded press box on deadline.

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Focus on Sport/Getty ImagesOne of Steve Bisheff's first memories with the late Loel Schrader was watching O.J. Simpson tear it up during spring practice in 1967.
Schrader, who died Thursday at age 87 after a long battle with pneumonia, was one of those rare people who always made you feel better about things. No matter your mood, spend any time around Loel and you'd be laughing and joking in a matter of minutes. He loved life. He loved his great family that included a devoted wife, five children and 13 grandchildren. And he loved USC football, sometimes not necessarily in that order.

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