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Sports Reporter — LA Times
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Thirty-33 year vet of LA Times but not as old as that sounds!

What was your first job as a journalist?

Technically Sports Editor Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan. Received $300 stipend. Then Fullerton Daily News Tribune

Have you ever used a typewriter?

You bet. I started on typewriter at the LA Times back in 1981 shortly before move to computers. Remember glue pots?

How is social media changing news?

By the second....

The Times' college football top 25 countdown: No. 2 Ohio State — My fingers tried typing No. 1 next to Ohio State but locked up with what digit doctors now think was a case of Carpel Title Syndrome. It was just too difficult, and obvious, for me, to hang it all on "Sloopy."

Alabama is No. 3, because how could a Nick Saban team be any lower? — Alabama probably doesn't have enough returning starters to justify a ranking this high, but sometimes you just have to bet on the coach. Lane Kiffin was, frankly, bubble-screen brilliant in 2014 as the Crimson Tide offense rewrote the school's record book.

Oregon, with transfer QB Vernon Adams, has what it takes to reach playoff — Oregon fans waddled around like nervous ducklings as, earlier this month, Vernon Adams took what might prove to be the most important math exam in Ducks football history. Social media being what it is, we knew the exact hour Adams was testing, and the tension in Eugene was the football version of the communication blackout endured when astronauts re-entered Earth's atmosphere.

The Times' college football top 25 countdown: No. 5 Michigan State — Michigan State is a lock for the College Football Playoff if - and it's a big IF - it negotiates a schedule that includes last season's championship finalists, Oregon and Ohio State. Those were the only teams to defeat Michigan State last season.

Commentary: Cody Kessler comes through in clutch for Steve Sarkisian and USC — A great quarterback has to lead in the clutch, in the closing minutes, with everything on the line. And that's what USC senior Cody Kessler has done in the minutes, hours and days since his head coach, Steve Sarkisian, left the stage Saturday night during the team's annual "Salute to Troy" event.
Aug 27, 2015

Chris Dufresne of the LA Times: USC quarterback Cody Kessler comes through in the clutch after his coach fumbles:…

Aug 27, 2015

LAT's @DufresneLATimes on how Cody Kessler came through in the clutch for embattled Steve Sarkisian and #USC.…

Baylor has momentum, but can the Ukwuachu controversy stall it? — This was always going to be a statement season for Baylor, a rising football power that finished fifth last year in the College Football Playoff standings, one spot shy of earning a spot in a national semifinal.

This should be the year Clemson rises to top of ACC - or even beyond — Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney doesn't tweeter or twit or whatever the kids are calling it these days. He tried social media in 2009 but chalked it up as a bitter #defeat\#bringbackrotarydial. "I'm what they call a 'Twitter quitter,'" he explained at the Atlantic Coast Conference's football media day.

Auburn could contend for its third football national title--or its 10th — Auburn slipped last season but is already fighting back. We know this because an Alabama state senator recently introduced a resolution calling for the school to claim seven more national championships than it actually owns.

USC is media's default choice to win Pac-12, but are Trojans good enough? — The Fourth Estate raised a white flag with the release of last month's Pac 12 football media poll. The message: We Give Up. The Times no longer allows its writers to vote in polls or for awards, even the Heisman Trophy, so yours truly was not involved in the tabulation that tabbed USC to win the conference.
Aug 24, 2015

Chris Dufresne of the LA Times: USC is media's default choice to win the conference, but are the Trojans good enough?…

Ohio State unanimous No. 1 in first AP college football poll — It was no surprise Sunday when Ohio State opened at No. 1 in the first Associated Press college football poll. The Buckeyes return most of the key components from last year's national title team. Sunday's poll, though, was historic. Ohio State became the first unanimous pick in the history of the AP index, which began in 1936.
Aug 24, 2015

RT @latimes: Ohio State unanimous No. 1 in first AP college football poll (USC is 8th, and UCLA came in at 13th).

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Aug 30, 2015

Lane was finalist for Frank Broyles Award for top Assist. I didn't have Saban's defense down for anything.…

Aug 30, 2015

I like Bama because of the coach there. Saban? Him too, but more so the offense under @Lane_Kiffin…

Aug 28, 2015

RT @helenenothelen: Whew. Vin Scully will be back for at least one more year "God willing," he added.

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