Former National College Football/Basketball Columnist for Los Angeles Times

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....

No. 5 LSU | TMG College Sports — Rankman had LSU at preseason No.1 in some early TMG countdown projections but, ultimately, could not put his full faith and trust behind Brandon Harris at quarterback. But enough about football for a minute. The recent flooding in Baton Rouge has changed the context of the season and the capsule summaries filed for early print deadlines.

No. 6 Florida State — I miss Bobby Bowden's renegade Seminoles, who did plenty of good and bad things on and off the field. The difference was Bowden could tell armed robbery jokes better than anyone and get most matters reduced to running extra stadium steps. I visited Bowden in December of 2006 in advance of a third-tier bowl game against UCLA.

TMG tabs “Rankman” to cover national outbreak of SEC football — PRESS RELEASE: TMG College Sports is pleased to announce today it has filled the posted opening for writer to chronicle\monitor\second guess and otherwise disabuse the Southeastern Conference. TMG elected to go in house and hire its former copy boy: Rankman.

Chris Dufresne - Rankman — Commissioner Larry Scott almost did a spit take when he was asked, by me, whether his conference lost the off-season because it lacked a quality scandal people could rally around. Seriously, though, the Pac 12 sat idly by while everyone else grabbed our attention, ignoring that age-old adage: there is no such thing as bad publicity.

No. 10 Ohio State — Ohio State can take pride in being ranked No.1 all-time in football by the Associated Press in a recent top-100 survey that was confirmed by ESPN. But that's not going to replace the 16 starters the Buckeyes lose from last year's team.

No. 11 Oregon | TMG College Sports — Oregon speedster Devon Allen finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics, a disappointment, for sure. But the bigger shock this summer was Oregon football only taking "bronze" in the Pac 12 media poll. And that was just in the conference's North Division.

No. 12: Stanford — Imagine Alabama's football coach stepping to the podium at Southeastern Conference media days and saying, "in case you don't know, my name is Nick Saban. I'm the head coach here at Alabama." Or Ohio State's Urban Meyer doing the same at the Big Ten even and then spelling his name "U-R-B-A-N" to reporters.

UCLA | TMG College Sports — Jim Mora neatly encapsulated UCLA football history at recent Pac 12 media days in July. "We are coming off a season that was, in our estimation, a little bit disappointing for us, especially the way it ended," he said. The way it ended was UCLA dropping the Foster Farms Bowl to a Nebraska team with a losing record.

USC | TMG College Sports — Clay Helton said his first day of camp as USC's permanent coach felt like waking up on Christmas morning. He may have a different feeling Sept. 4, the day after USC plays Alabama at AT&T Stadium. That might feel more like Dec. 26 after too much Ebenezer Booze.

No. 15 Washington — Remember, as a kid, racing across the street to tell your friend a juicy secret? You: "Did you hear Bobby Van Pelt tripped in a gopher hole at Bamboo Forest and shot himself in the eye with a pellet gun?" Friend: "Man, that happened yesterday...where have you been?"
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Aug 28, 2016

Fore! I mean Four! I mean @TheMediaGuides have reached No.4 in countdown? Why for? Read more at 

Aug 27, 2016

RT @CecilHurt: The RB competition at Alabama may be tighter than QB. Freshmen really pushing.

Aug 27, 2016

RT @TheMediaGuides: New post at TMGcollegesports from @blauds - The Heights -Pressure's on #BostonCollege right out of the gate.

Aug 27, 2016

RT @frednunez48: @getnickwright should have followed up @joelklatt not buying "SEC gauntlet". Klatt vs @ClayTravis with @DufRankman moderating is PPV worthy

Aug 27, 2016

RT @BruceFeldmanCFB: #Miami boots top pass-rusher Quan Muhammad & top tackler Jermaine Grace.No staff or boosters involved in voilations: h…

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