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Previous sports writing experience include a staff sports writer position with a university newspaper, as well as other on-line and print publications.
Named a B/R College Football Featured Columnist in 2009.
Became a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2012.
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Only 15 more weeks to go until college football finally kicks off the 2015 season!
Ready for the long, football-less dog days of summer?
Welcome back, college football. We missed you.
@Jared: The MAC itself doesn't get an automatic bid, but if you care to read the BCS qualification rules, you'll note that the highest ranked team from a non-automatic qualifying conference that is a conference champion (as long as that team is No. 16 or higher in the final BCS ranking) will receive an AUTOMATIC bid to the BCS.
Last season, Kent State was ranked ahead of Northern Illinois when the two met in the MAC Championship Game. Whichever team won that game would be MAC champions AND ranked No. 16 or above, therefore GUARANTEEING an AUTOMATIC invitation to the BCS.
So, yes, I do think (and KNOW for a FACT) that if Kent State had beaten Northern Illinois they would have received an AUTOMATIC bid to the BCS.
Dude, the MAC doesn't get an automatic BCS bid. Your Purdue slide in the garbage article about the 5 teams who can compete with OSU and UM said that Kent State would have been guaranteed a BCS game if they beat Northern Illinois. You're a crack pot man, do you really think that a 12-2 MAC school is getting an at large bid over a 12-2 SEC school?
Please join me in donating to the family of Cullen Finnerty. He leaves behind a wife and two very young children.
My prayers are with the friends and family of Cullen Finnerty. The entire GVSU family is thinking of you...
Cullen is a great guy, and I'm sure a wonderful husband and father. We pray for his safe return soon!
@Jamie: Thanks! Appreciate the kudos from you and your coworkers!
Great article about Michigan and Ohio State.
Also loved your piece about college and NFL QB comparisons.
You're a big hit with my coworkers at the office, too!
While I agree with your tailgating article for the most part. I have to disagree about Iowa being flat. I was born and raised in Florida. Florida is flat. Iowa has beautiful rolling hills. Try walking a golf course in Iowa, and you will not call it flat again. Nebraska is flat. Iowa definitely has lots of cornfields, but if you have ever sat down to a pot full of hot steaming sweet corn in late summer and had a whole meal of just corn, you wouldn't call Iowa corn fields boring, God Bless the Farmers.