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Growing Up Penn State (Grantland, November 2011) (shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 2012)

The end of everything at State College.

Need for Speed (Sports on Earth, August 2013)

Marshall tries to take up-tempo to new heights.

College Football’s Games of the Century: A Seven-Part Series (Grantland, 2013)

Part I: The Birth of the Argument

Part II: The Tie Will Be Unbroken

Part III: Tricky Dick’s Trick Play

Part IV: The Goal-Line Stand

Part V: Tom Osborne Goes for Two

Part VI: Wide Right and So Wrong

Part VII: Leaving the Little Guy Behind

The Kings of Q*Bert (Grantland, March 2013)

Why do we play arcade games for hundreds of hours?

Hurry up and Wait (Grantland, February 2013)

Jim Crutchfield’s West Liberty University is the fastest offense in college basketball — and they win. So why isn’t anyone else trying to catch up?

The Many Lives of Donald Westlake (Grantland, January 2013)

On the man who created Parker and the quest for the perfect character.

The Winningest Coach You’ve Never Heard Of (Grantland, December 2012)

The football team at Division III’s Mount Union is one of the most dominant collegiate programs in history. How? A man named Larry Kehres.

The Story of Bo and Joe (Grantland, December 2012)

How the greatest athlete of our time forever changed the life of a kid named Dudek.

Cursed: Yinz and Losses in Pittsburgh (Grantland, July 2012)

Is this the end of 20 years of ignominy for the Pirates?

The Billion-Dollar Coach (Grantland, August 2012)

Former Fortune 500 CEO Joe Moglia has never led a major football program — so why is Coastal Carolina finally giving him a chance?

West Virginia’s Magical Realism (Grantland, October 2012)

Bearing witness to Dana Holgorsen’s maniacal Mountaineer offense

Returning to State College (Grantland, October 2012)

In the aftermath of incomprehensible tragedy, Penn State is slowly relearning the meaning of football

Steve Spurrier’s Golden Years (Grantland, August 2012)

The Ball Coach has never been more relaxed — and South Carolina may be better than ever

Crime, Punishment and Penn State (Grantland, July 2012)

A Failed Experiment (Grantland, July 2012) (shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 2013)

The scandal at State College infects an entire system in the aftermath of the Freeh Report

Please Don’t Call It Ping-Pong (Grantland, May 2012)

Among the paddle-fetishizing, bar-hustling American Olympic table tennis hopefuls

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The Aging Tiger Woods (Grantland, April 2012)

The uncertain future of a onetime savior

A Visit With the Worst College Basketball Team in America (Grantland, January 2012)

Tough times at Towson University

Robert Griffin III: Heisman Winner? (Grantland, December 2011)

A visit to Waco with the future first-round pick.

Living In State College (Grantland, November 2011)

Sadness and simple horror — returning home to the aftermath of scandal.

The Culture of Unrest at Penn State (Grantland, November 2011)

Trying to understand what happened in Beaver Canyon on Wednesday night.

The Best Passing Quarterback Ever (Grantland, October 2011)

It’s just too bad Anthony Calvillo plays in the CFL.

The Real Rocky (Grantland, October 2011)

A visit with the Bayonne Bleeder, Chuck Wepner.

Who Invented the Seven-Game Series? (Grantland, October 2011)

The story behind our strange modern standard.

Statis-Pro Baseball: An Instruction Manual (Grantland, July 2011)

The exhausting work of adolescent obsession.

Renée Richards Wants to be Left Alone (Grantland, June 2011)

Sitting down with the transgender icon and onetime most controversial woman in sports.

Where is Micheal Ray Richardson? (Grantland, August 2011)

Michael Ray Richardson is Oklahoma. Coaching basketball. But has he come any closer to conquering his demons?

A Dirty Shame (ESPN.com, July 2007)

Once known as the dirtiest player in the NFL, former offensive lineman Conrad Dobler is now fighting for the guys he tried to dismember.

Bo Knows Best (ESPN.com, November, 2007)

Twenty years after his most memorable run, the two-sport star can still kick your butt, if necessary.
Anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing 2008

The Day Innocence Died (ESPN.com, June 2008)

Len Bias has been dead for as long as he was alive. So, how did that shocking day in 1986 affect the world he left behind?

The Lost Kids of Willows (ESPN.com, October 2008)

A small California town struggles to cope with an unbearable string of tragedies.
Shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 2009

Hollywood Act (ESPN.com, January 2009)

Thirty years ago, he offered Terry Bradshaw a spelling lesson and snorted cocaine during the Super Bowl. Since then, he has been to prison, won $28 million in the state lottery and gone on a hunger strike. Hollywood Henderson comes clean about his flamboyant life.

The Tragic Story of Charlie Mohr (SI.com, The Bonus, April 2010)

Profile of troubled Wisconsin boxer Charlie Mohr, whose death in the ring in 1960 spelled the end for sanctioned college boxing.

The Night College Football Went to Hell (ESPN.com, January 2007)

A look back at the 1987 Fiesta Bowl game between Penn State and Miami, and its lasting implications on the college football landscape.

Coming Home (The New York Times City Section, May 2007)

Profile of several veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the challenges they faced upon returning to college.

Playing for Fun, and Little Else, on Football’s Edge (The New York Times, July 2006)

An examination of the ongoing struggles of women’s professional football.

In America, the Beautiful (Newsday, August 2004)

Profile of women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova, shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 2005

One-Wall Wonders (Newsday, August 2003)

A look at New York City handball players, shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 2004

A Chess Queen (Newsday, March 2006)

Profile of Susan Polgar, a chess grandmaster and an outspoken advocate for the game.

The Unorthodox Path (Newsday, February 2006)

Profile of Orthodox Jewish boxer and Brooklyn native Dmitriy Salita.

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