February 25, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 16, 2015
Kyle is a freelance sportswriter in Southern California, founder of CFBHuddle.com and Pac-12 Lead Writer. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America with a decade of experience covering college football.
Follow Kyle on Twitter @kensing45.
Hi Kyle, I want to apologize in advance for sending you the following message. I'm inquiring about any job opportunities with Bleacher Report, and since I live near UCLA, I thought you would be the best person to contact:
My name is Tyler Keckeisen and I am seeking a position with your organization. I recently graduated from the University of Arizona in May with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts, Letters and Science specializing in Arts, Media and Entertainment with a sports journalism focus.
In the summer of 2013, I was the principal videographer during my internship with USCFootball.com and composed highlight clips using Final Cut Pro X. The experience helped me become proficient with video composition, editing, conducting interviews with players and coaches, and writing feature stories. In the fall of 2013, I returned to Tucson and covered University of Arizona football and basketball during my internship with Rivals and 24 7 Sports. I worked as a beat writer with the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat covering spring football and the women’s sand volleyball inaugural season.
I am currently employed with three media outlets, but they are all part-time.
I am a freelance sports reporter/videographer for the Los Angeles Daily News, Rivals-Trojan Sports, and Coach and Player Magazine, a football website that provides features on specific NCAA and NFL teams.
During the summer, I interned with Fight On 24 7 Sports, a recruiting website for USC football and basketball.
I have experience reporting on different sports in a variety of media including video, newspaper, online reporting, websites and twitter. I will bring my passion for sports and journalism to the job, and continue to develop the requisite knowledge and skills to make a meaningful contribution to your organization and to the world of sports.
Thank you for your consideration. I have attached my resume and a few clips below for you to review.
I am happy to provide references upon request.
Nice writing on QB Kessler. Missed seeing the Notre Dame game and wondered how they could slip so badly after beating Florida State, and having the winning Touchdown killed by and unusual call by the Refs.
Kessler must have monster talent. Wish him well next year. Keep up your Talent, which is Writing.
If you like Poetry see my many short Poems on twitter at @johndavisnearby.
Sorry college football fans are denied the excitement of a 32 team playoff. This would have put USC back into the Mix and who knows who comes out on Top. Blessings on you and yours.
If two or four teams from One conference OR ANOTHER think they are DIVINELY APPOINTED to PLAY in the NC GAME and DENY all other worthy TEAMS a chance, then it is TIME for a little March Madness in the world of college football. Lets have a REAL PLAYOFF and call it December MADNESS. And a $BILLION in travel and TEAM revenues.
Here we go again. College foot ball fans MEEKLY accepting the NONSENSE put out by the MEDIA that a REAL football playoff of 32 teams is IMPOSSIBLE, too burdensome, or TAKES too much TIME from CLASS.
Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more BITTER FANS screaming MY TEAM got LEFT OUT. Basketball has March Madness. COLLEGE FOOTBALL needs December Madness.
ALABAMA in all its GREATNESS Lost a last Second STUNNER. Then the UNFAIR bullet or restriction BACKFIRED on them. Now they and about 30 or 40 or 60 other schools MUST SIT on the sidelines and Compete for LESSER GLORY than the NC TITLE. This is Totally Unnecessary and listen or read on :
I thought America had no ROYATY. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was BORN that WAY.
I think that Alabama is a Magnificent machine , a Great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out.
The SEC IS a truly powerful Conference. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State which was 11-1 the chance to play in the NC TITLE. REmember They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against TWO LOSS LSU.
Nothing FAIR ABOUT THAT. Oklahoma State Would have been CHOSEN in a real Playoff. OKLAHOMA UPSET Alabama last year. In a continuation of Genuine PLAY They WOULD have met Florida state. TREVOR KNIGHT against the Seminoles. Do you like the ODDS.
NO BCS. No 4 TEAM Playoff. But a 32 Team or 64 TEAM Playoff can work. Here is how:
First, Leave all FBS teams with the Fun and Reward of Playing the 30 plus Bowl Games. And 4 PLAYOFF BOWLS would be used on Jan 1 each year for the Elite 8 CFB playoff BOWLS.
And A $BILLION IN PLAYOFF MONEY In Gate receipt$, Hotel, tourist MONEY, Sueveniers and TRAVEL for the cities and Teams involved.
A Simple Guide by J D
FACT: There are always 13 SATURDAYS in the 92 days of September thru November.
STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of NOVEMBER. There would be TIME for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST.
STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee PICK the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up:
East, South, Midwest, West.
Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight.
SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.
STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December.
STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day.
STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later.
STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the HOLIDAY Weekend of January the 1st. And the REST of the TEAMS could GO BACK TO their Studies and Classes.
Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.
Remember any team LOSING in the FIRST or SECOND WEEK of the Playoffs could STILL be INVITED to ONE of the 30 plus bowls.
IF TEAMS THINK They are the BEST, then let them PROVE IT on the Battlefield of Play. ONE team out of the 32 Teams chosen will win 5 games in a row and be true National Champ.!!!
Thanks for reading . My main concern is that somewhere, somehow, in my lifetime an Unfair 4 TEAM Playoff will be abolished. Every 8-3 team in the top 40 or 65 Teams will have respect and a chance to win it all.
This will bring in $1 BILLION dollars or more to the Teams and their Schools.
USC Depth Chart
"USC will spend much of the season just one injury away from drastically altering its finish."
Says it all...
Kyle, you do a good job. I predict a nice career trajectory for you.
USC Position Groups.
Kyle, I pretty much agree with your rankings, and with your assessment of the issues regarding the respective groups. The issue common to all groups is that the sanctions bite deeper in 2014 than in any year, after three reduced recruiting classes and various departures.
In addition, I doubt that USC's injury management has been optimal. Stanford is at another level in that area, and from what I recently read, FSU may be surpassing Stanford via cutting-edge technology. If USC is innovating there, it is on the down low, so probably, USC is not innovating there. USC's complaints about roster size receive much attention from you journalists. USC's failure to do anything constructive about the injury side of depth is largely ignored. I think that's bad journalism.
I have not been a Kessler fan, and take little comfort in his triumph against greatly inferior talent in Las Vegas. Doesn't mean he hasn't improved over the winter, and won't thrive in Sark's supposedly less complex, no-huddle system (which system remains a little mysterious--at least to me). Neither do I take comfort in Browne's inability to mount a credible challenge to Kessler's dubious throwing skills. I haven't read any journalistic accounts of Browne's exceptionalism since his high-school days. Oh well, such is recruiting.
I don't agree that USC will miss Isaac's goal-line skills. Allen and Madden are pretty big RBs. Of course, injuries may prove me incorrect, but I think Isaac's loss will become an issue after 2014, rather than this year.
Some of the commenters have very high hopes (see Eric Rodriquez). Probably, that's unrealistic in this most sanction-hampered year of all. I think you have the position strength order correct, Kyle, and that the OL will most likely be the weak link, along with shortcomings at QB and kicking.
However, it should be an exciting season, with the fast-paced no-huddle. And one never knows whether the injury gods will smile on USC, and/or a bountiful number of new or unused players emerge into stardom. That's why they play the games!
Good job, Kyle.
All these Oregon natty predictions are just a set up from some SC homer. Go tout SC - Sark is going to run the hunh offense this year. You sound like some of those old Texas coach's who praise every team they are going to play so they become complacent. It's a tired and obvious approach.
You still think The Ducks are the best team in the nation?
Thanks for the note, Joe. You bring an interesting point, since big-time college football is so much about keeping up with the Joneses. It's got to be especially tough when your rival and neighbor has become the Joneses for the entire sport.
Hey Kyle, I am an Oregon fan, but I have a question about Oregon State. I like coach Riley, but isn't it time to start talking about how he doesn't seem to be able to get the beaver's to the next level? How many years will Oregon State take these mid-level seasons and be jealous of the attention Oregon gets for being a top tier team? It is like they would prefer Oregon to drop down to their level than move themselves up to Oregon's level. I think it might be that time in the season an article about this can be written.