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From the time I was in junior high school, I knew that sports writing was in my blood. It was as thick as the love for the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Atlanta Braves.

When I had the opportunity to attend UT, I jumped at it, graduating from the Journalism school in 2002. I held internships at the Tennessean in Nashville and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While I was in school, I covered the UT football and women's basketball team for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Tennessean as a correspondent, learning under the tutelage of ESPN college football writer Chris Low and Sports Illustrated college football writer Andy Staples. I was also the assistant sports editor at the school newspaper, The Daily Beacon.

After a brief stint in Clarksville (Tenn.) working for The Leaf Chronicle as the Tennessee Titans beat writer and high school sports editor, my wife and I moved to Chattanooga to work for the Times Free Press. I was there multiple years, covering everything from two Masters and U.S. Open golf tournaments to UT Chattanooga football and basketball. I also did some Southeastern Conference writing, which is sort of impossible not to do as a writer in this part of the country.

We moved back home to NASTy (North Alabama/Southern Tennessee) in 2006 where I assumed a regular 9-5 job. However, I wasn't able to get sports writing out of my blood. I started covering the Huntsville Stars, the Milwaukee Brewers' Double-A affiliate, for the Huntsville Times newspaper. While doing that four years, I also co-founded the blog site 3rd Saturday in Blogtober (3sib.com). It was one of the first rival sites of its kind, combining Alabama Crimson Tide and Tennessee Volunteers content. Following a run there, I spent 2 1/2 years at Rocky Top Talk covering Tennessee football and recruiting.

In my free time, I love spending time with my wife and 4-year-old son, trout fishing and golfing. I try to put God first in everything I do, followed by family and football. I really enjoy following the Tennessee Vols, Atlanta Braves, college football recruiting, Atlanta Falcons, fantasy sports, and PGA Tour golf, and I spend multiple hours daily listening to Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Jason Isbell, Jill Andrews and Sturgill Simpson, among similar others. It soothes my soul second only to catching a fish on a quiet mountain stream.

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  • Anthony Didona posted 5 days ago

    Anthony Didona

    Where ya been at on the Tennessee boards Brad? I havent seen any of your articles in awhile.

  • A M posted 246 days ago

    A M

    Brad, the topic of player compensation keeps coming up, and very few people seem to know anything about cost of attendance - the stipend that goes with athletic scholarships. For the life of me, I can't figure out if a lot of writers are unaware of it or just like to write articles concerning controversial topics and ignore it. I suppose it's a problem fanning the flames about revenue windfalls and poor players if you happen to mention that players are, in fact, being paid. Two recent B/R report articles about SEC revenue and a pretty rude Colin Cowherd comment regarding paying players and MTSU never mentioned cost of attendance. I've commented and included published excerpts, but they seem to get deleted (maybe use of published material). Perhaps you might do a column about it because it sure seems to be one of the best kept non-secrets in history. INSIDE HIGHER ED (www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/12/colleges-inflate-full-cost-attendance-numbers-increasing-stipends-athletes) offers some interesting observation/speculation regarding recruiting and creative calculations. I've always enjoyed your articles, and I have a feeling you could write a pretty good eye opener for a lot of people.

  • Vegas Bmac posted 308 days ago

    Vegas Bmac

    Sounds good! Possible 8-4 season with only losses to likely Big 12 Champ, SEC Champ, SEC East Division Champ and likely second place SEC west division leader......one hell of a season looking back

  • Preston Yale posted 338 days ago

    Preston Yale

    Hey Brad,

    As I am sure you have seen in the last few days, the picture of Trevor Boykin with the young ISU "kid captain" before the football game last weekend has gone viral. As a result of this, a TCU blogger has created a crowdfund to support Abby Faber and her family as they get by paying for Abby's medical expenses, some of which--including therapy treating her vision--are not covered by insurance. She also has orthopedic procedures on both legs coming up in the next 2-4 years.

    I am writing to ask that the B/R community, whether it be you or another writer, post an article promoting the crowd fund for young Abby in the hopes that we can help her and her family as much as we can. The fund is circulating around TCU now, but with how viral the picture originally went who knows how far the crowd fund may go if it goes viral as well.

    Thank you for the consideration,

    Preston

  • Brad Shepard posted 457 days ago

    Brad Shepard

    Hello.

    And Vegas Bmac, I'll take you up on the ACC some time!

  • Atlanta Hawks Fan posted 468 days ago

    Atlanta Hawks Fan

    Hello?

  • Vegas Bmac posted 490 days ago

    Vegas Bmac

    Brad,

    Your one of my favorite writers on here, I could be biased as a long time UT football fan. I also saw you enjoy golfing. If you are ever in Atlanta and want to play a round at Atlanta County Club drop me a line at mcelyea15@yahoo.com would be a blast and could have some good Tennessee talk as well.

    All the best,
    BMAC

  • Brad Shepard posted 533 days ago

    Brad Shepard

    I really don't know, Make Barners Cry. I apologize.

    As for you Steven Stanley, haha. I have a ton of connections, and I just left Knoxville a few days ago, so you lose.

  • Make Barners cry posted 539 days ago

    Make  Barners cry

    Brad, I was attempting to add you as a favorite writer, but when I click on the edit profile it doesn't seem to have a link (It does nothing) I would also like to remove a writer but seem unable to do that as well.

    Any thoughts, or who could I contact?

  • Steven Stanley posted 551 days ago

    Steven Stanley

    You just wrote an article about Tennessee Football titled "Hot Seat" where you named 5 Tennessee football players as being on a Hot Seat. Where do you get your information? You're Nuts! And You Are completely disconnected from the program. This article shows how little you really know about Tennessee Football. You should stop writing about Tennessee Football all together.

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