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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....

Getting inside the college football playoff system — All I can say after spending a day in Texas portraying USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is: "Fight on! We [retroactively] did it!" Exhuming positive USC news from 2008 was not in the plan upon being granted a one-day membership on the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Thrilling season makes it tough to predict college football's playoffs — Notre Dame was the last program you thought would screw up a simple throw and catch. The Fighting Irish didn't invent the forward pass, but certainly modernized it during a 1913 game against Army. Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne practiced all summer while working as lifeguards, before unleashing this secret pass-catch weapon in a 35-13 victory at West Point, N.Y.

Kansas State makes unscheduled arrival among college football elite — The first thing we wondered after Kansas State's huge win at Oklahoma on Saturday was why Bill Snyder agreed to play Auburn in September. No. 14 Kansas State (5-1) took over sole possession of first place in the division-less Big 12 and appears to be one of the better, and unheralded, teams in the country.

Notre Dame-Florida State is key game in first four-team playoff season — Notre Dame (6-0) at Florida State (6-0) promises to be terrific surround-sound theater with a circus-like atmosphere. Jameis Winston alone could fill three rings and maybe clean up after the elephants. It is a morality play, on a macro level, with more offshoots than a bamboo forest.

College football mail: SEC plays by its own set of rules — Each week during the college football season, national analyst Chris Dufresne will burn a timeout to answer questions and exchange opinions. You can email him at and reach him on Twitter: @DufresneLATimes Unbuckling the mailbag: Normally I don't take time to write to columnists, but I just had to reach out to you after reading your most recent L.A.

College football viewing guide — Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping: MORNING No. 4 Baylor (6-0) at West Virginia (4-2) 9 a.m., Fox Sports 1 The over-under is 80 points, but it probably should be a hundred higher after Baylor pulled out a 61-58 comeback win over Texas Christian last week.

Pac-12 football is halfway to ... what? — The halfway point of a brand new season, with a brand new system, has prompted plenty of questions. We'll start in the Pac-12 Conference with Stanford and ask: *What if Dr. Condoleezza Rice's favorite team knew how to close out games? Stanford has lost two games, both to ranked teams, by six total points.

Mississippi schools are a 1-2 punch in Times' Super-16 rankings — Rankman has been waiting years to start his countdown with this countdown: One Mississippi … two Mississippi (State). Thank you Rebels and Bulldogs for winning last weekend so we could stack you like potato pancakes on top of the ugliness at Florida State.

Florida State compliance looking into Jameis Winston autographs — There are so many Jameis Winston stories in motion it's hard to keep up. ESPN is reportin g that Florida State's compliance office is investigating how a single company authenticated 340 autographs by the Seminoles' star quarterback. Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston told him he was not paid for his signature, which would be a violation of NCAA rules.

SEC's West division has nation's (and pollsters') undivided attention — The SEC West is truly remarkable. It is 90% dominance, which is to be admired, and 10% snake charmer. No man behind a curtain has worked levers more deftly. The Southeastern Conference's glamour division not only has five or six (or seven?) of the country's best football teams, it also employs the best advertising team since Dos Equis.
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Oct 20, 2014

If FB was 2 1\2 quarters I'd have MSU ranked ahead. RT @johnjeren @stilloldduck @DufresneLATimes @BHOOLZ MSU controlled most of game.

Oct 20, 2014

Will flip if Ore needs 36 in 4th to beat Cal on HM this week. RT @cc9827 @DufresneLATimes do u have Arizona ranked ahead of Oregon?

Oct 20, 2014

Oregon OL down 4 guys. Ok to vote with common sense RT @RustyBattery @DufresneLATimes and Arizona beat Oregon by seven.

Oct 20, 2014

If it helps Mary Kay has Oregon ranked ahead RT @Andy_Staples How does one "coach" Amway?

Oct 20, 2014

Who wants to tell the Amway coaches that No.7 Oregon defeated No. 5 Mich State by 19?... I did it last time.

Oct 20, 2014

Manning won't miss much so long as Ole Miss is in mix. He is so recused. I played Pat Haden in 2008 mock and was fitted with muzzle.

Oct 19, 2014

Riots at W.V? Don't worry....Crisis manager GORDON GEE! has got this.…

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