College Basketball Lead Writer Jason King joined Bleacher Report and Turner Sports in December of 2013. Prior to that he was a national college basketball reporter at ESPN.com. He also spent four years covering college football and college basketball at Yahoo! Sports and was a longtime writer at The Kansas City Star.
King's work has received mention in the popular book series "Best American Sportswriting" and he's been honored numerous times by the APSE, USBWA and FWAA. King has also authored two books, including the 2011 best-seller "Beyond the Phog: Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade."
King grew up in Dallas and graduated from Baylor. He now resides in Kansas City.
Haven't heard a peep since your disproved article from 3 months ago regarding Coach T. You succeeded in one single article in casting a damper over the biggest success story of the college basketball season and should feel really proud of yourself. From all of the data I have gathered, once Tennessee basketball is out from under your phony cloud, zero punishment will be dealt to Coach Tyndall by the NCAA. The price of success is paved with potholes and you fell into one, my friend! Once the smoke clears you can count on your article being brought back to light in proper context.
I am a founder of the National Collegiate Student Section Association, and we are planning a national convention.
The National Collegiate Student Section Association is an organization focused on enhancing and improving the collegiate student fan experience across the nation. It is our goal to bring student section leaders together to collaborate and build a stronger collegiate atmosphere while utilizing integrity and sportsmanship.
We want to unite a nation of student sections. One of the ways that we will do this is through our First Annual NCSSA National Convention. At that convention, we will be building a community that can address the issues faced amongst student-fans, including how to increase student attendance at all athletic events. We want each participant to walkaway with the knowledge and tools to not only make their student section the best that it can possibly be, but also to have a huge impact on their respective campuses.
Some of the workshops that will be lead at the conference are social media, leadership strategies, problems facing different sizes of schools, intraconference issues, and sportsmanship. The conference will take place over the course of four days in the middle of June.
This is the first time that student sections from across the national and from different NCAA conferences will all come together in the same room, and we believe that the amount of positive change that can stem from this convention can change the landscape of collegiate athletics.
I would love to be in touch to talk about this more in depth.
Great job on your Kamala article! Just one concern though. In the article, you mention that doctors tried to convince him to start dialysis treatments for over 20 years... This is puzzling to me. (Side note: I am a nurse, so I have the education to ask this question) Dialysis is for people in end stage renal (kidney) failure, and yes, diabetics often struggle with renal failure due to the excess glucose (sugar) in the blood being damaging to the blood vessels in the kidneys. My point is this: you cannot survive in end stage renal failure for 20 years, as the toxins unable to be filtered out of the blood by the kidneys build up and cause death within a relatively short period of time. Did you mean to say treatments for diabetes, such as weight loss, carb counting, and insulin? You might want to clarify that one! :)
Great, fascinating article about Kamala, Jason. Something I'd expect to read in Sports Illustrated or as a feature in a major newspaper or non-sports magazine, not B/R.
What a phenomenal piece of writing on Kamala! I'm not a wrestling or a sports fan, but I saw the story trending on Facebook. If you ever teach an online writing class, I will be one of the first to sign up for it. Please write a book on how to write like that.
Cmon, Jason. Do you think so little of the Cardinals this year that you didn't even think to mention the game at the Yum center vs. the Cats this Christmas?
Bravo, for that great wrestling article.
Jason, a truly outstanding story about Lacey and Andeian Payne. You captured the essence of what love and giving is all about so perfectly. One of the best I have ever read.
Thanks for writing a great story on Lacey Holsworth and Adreian Payne. It was such powerful piece of writing that made me cry. I don't understand why it isn't on the homepage because it is one of the best articles on B/R that I have read since I started reading B/R. I hope you come up with more powerful and insightful pieces like this one in the future.
Jason. A wonderful job of capturing the entire story of Lacey Holsworth and Adreian Payne. Not just recently--but as the story unfolded. After reading today's article, I am totally convinced that EVERY ATHLETE (amateur, professional, etc) should read this more than once. The story is incredibly powerful and sensitively written (A Pullitzer should be awarded for this reporting)...and the message is so significant that overlooking it would be a shame.
So...my thought is for you (or ESPN or B/R or someone) to publish it or reprint it as an e-book. And market it on amazon.com's "kindle" listing. Or even print it and offer it to anyone who subscribes to B/R. (You should charge for it and give the money to Lacey's fund).
Athletes need to realize the impact they have on those who watch them. Even those who watch from afar or who they ignore in an autograph line. And they should realize what happens when they smile at someone they encounter. The world would be better off if they do. (I also think politicians should read this article as well. For the same reason.)
Jim Clark... firstname.lastname@example.org