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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.
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!