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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 Summa Cum Laude 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've spent the past 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 3-year-old son, trout fishing, wood working 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 alt country on Pandora. It soothes my soul second only to catching a fish on a quiet mountain stream.
Why isn't the band traveling to Norman. This is a huge road game. I mean c'mon, a little support would be nice, especially since this is the first away game for probably half of the team. Err it frustrates me!!!!!
Also we own Peyton 0-4 aka Spurrier's bit**
FLA owns Vols and Rocky Top 9 in a row baby su** it cause i own those little Tenn lips on ya
Since I posted on one of your articles I thought you should know a little about me. I am a 1980 graduate of East Tenn St Univ. Since we did not have a good football program, me and my buddies started going to UT games in 1976. My wife and I have been going to UT games together since 1988 (when we were dating), we are both graduates of ETSU. Now we are anxious season ticket holders of many years. We have patiently been waiting for the 'big resurrection'. Last year we celebrated our 25th anniversary of tail-gaiting with the original 4 (me, wife, wife's brother, and wife's brothers best friend).
Now our tail-gaiting at Calhoun's sometimes has as many as 30 folks. (3 tents, 2 TV's, 4 grills, lots of b**r, m**nsh*ne, bl**ym**ys and margheritas).
Glad your journalism is top quality and your articles are fun to read.
My tag line on my previous Govols, before they became 'pay-per-view' was.....
"Vol Boy - Section A, Row 43, Seats 28-29, the hottie sitting next to me is my wife".
Hey Brad. I went to Journalism school with you at UT and then also worked at The Leaf Chronicle for a bit as the crime beat reporter while you were there (I'm almost 100% sure.) Anyway, glad to see you're doing well. Bleacher did well to get you. Looking forward to reading your stuff. Go Vols!