Growing Up Penn State (Grantland, November 2011) (shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 2012) A hesitant writer, an over-the-top press trip and a ballsy men’s grooming brand. What could go wrong?
After more than a decade of mediocrity, the Raiders are finally fielding a contender. It’s a bittersweet moment for the most notorious fans in football, who can’t stop loving the team that’s trying to abandon them again. Christian McCaffrey is a thrilling player who satisfies nearly every Heisman requirement. There’s just one problem: Voters barely watch his games.
How one fan launched a site that’s become an indispensable source of info for statheads and Hall of Famers alike.
USC’s Cody Kessler has managed to fly under the radar despite posting astonishing numbers while occupying one of the nation’s most typically high-profile positions. The small-town QB doesn’t want to talk about the Heisman, or the temptations that have undone some of his predecessors, or the burden of expectation. But when you play quarterback in Los Angeles, you can’t stay out of the spotlight for long.
Author Michael Crichton’s Entertainment Odyssey and Lasting Cultural Impact
Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and the Battle of College Football’s Recruiting Kingpins
Twenty years ago, at the pinnacle of his career, Colorado coach Bill McCartney walked away from the game. His reasons remain more complex than many realize.
After butting heads for two seasons, Mike Leach and Connor Halliday have finally found common ground — and air. Now, the passing records are starting to fall.
The sound and style of a city through the eyes of Elmore Leonard, its foremost author.
Mike Leach still prefers to embrace the controversy.
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)
Why do we play arcade games for hundreds of hours?
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?
On the man who created Parker and the quest for the perfect character.
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.
How the greatest athlete of our time forever changed the life of a kid named Dudek.
Is this the end of 20 years of ignominy for the Pirates?
Former Fortune 500 CEO Joe Moglia has never led a major football program — so why is Coastal Carolina finally giving him a chance?
Bearing witness to Dana Holgorsen’s maniacal Mountaineer offense
In the aftermath of incomprehensible tragedy, Penn State is slowly relearning the meaning of football
The Ball Coach has never been more relaxed — and South Carolina may be better than ever
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
Among the paddle-fetishizing, bar-hustling American Olympic table tennis hopefuls
The uncertain future of a onetime savior
Tough times at Towson University
A visit to Waco with the future first-round pick.
Sadness and simple horror — returning home to the aftermath of scandal.
Trying to understand what happened in Beaver Canyon on Wednesday night.
It’s just too bad Anthony Calvillo plays in the CFL.
A visit with the Bayonne Bleeder, Chuck Wepner.
The story behind our strange modern standard.
The exhausting work of adolescent obsession.
Sitting down with the transgender icon and onetime most controversial woman in sports.
Michael Ray Richardson is Oklahoma. Coaching basketball. But has he come any closer to conquering his demons?
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 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?
A small California town struggles to cope with an unbearable string of tragedies.
Shortlisted for The Best American Sports Writing 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.
Profile of troubled Wisconsin boxer Charlie Mohr, whose death in the ring in 1960 spelled the end for sanctioned college boxing.
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.
An examination of the ongoing struggles of women’s professional football.
Profile of women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova, shortlisted for
The Best American Sports Writing 2005 A look at New York City handball players, shortlisted for
The Best American Sports Writing 2004 Profile of Susan Polgar, a chess grandmaster and an outspoken advocate for the game.
Profile of Orthodox Jewish boxer and Brooklyn native Dmitriy Salita.