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....

Rankman’s Super Duper ranking\comments: Week 9 — Everyone seems to be locked into four teams now as the stone-cold favorites: Laker announcer Chick Hearn would have called this "garbage" time in the second half of the College Football Playoff. "The refrigerator door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are coolin', the butter's getting hard and the jello's jiggling."

SEC Outsider: Tigers of Auburn\LSU look to road block Alabama with spike stripes — Alabama's crimson ride is still, technically, on cruise control. The nation's best team, by far, is leading every respectable index except the Dow Jones Industrial. Time to start checking hotels in Tampa Bay, site of this year's national title game. Room rates anyone? And someone please check YELP for some good restaurants.

Rankman’s Saturday early “Happy Hour” Wrap (Part 1) — History of the weekend, Part 1: Thursday and Friday made a blatant and egregious play to upstage Saturday with two "great" games that ended too late for any God-fearing working man. Boise State's 28-27 win over Brigham Young on Thursday featured five turnovers for the winning team and BYU faking a punt on fourth-and-19 from its own five.

Rankman’s Super Duper ranking\comments, Week 8 — Rankman ended months of wild speculation Monday by deciding not to expand his ranking system. "We've never been more united to stay at 16," he said after emerging from a TMG College Sports presidents' meeting. Last summer, the idea of expansion was broached after thinking the current ranking may be "psychologically disadvantaged" against "power" systems that rank more schools.

SEC Outsider: When East meets West in this league, well, it isn’t pretty — The approaching weekend says all you need to know about the divisional divide in America's Greatest Football Conference. The SEC West is laying out a spectacular tailgate spread that features No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama, Arkansas at rising Auburn and Mississippi at Coach O's rejuvenated LSU.

Pac Tracks: Why Pac 12 scribes were passed over this year for Nobel Pick Prizes — Rankman was not invited to vote in this year's Pac 12 preseason media poll-thank you Lord Larry (Scott)! Imagine being part of survey of experts that picked UCLA first in the South and Colorado last. It just goes to show how little anyone knows about the vagaries and peccadillos of any pigskin season.

Rankman’s late night Saturday wrap — Three random things really hit me halfway through a Saturday, halfway through a season, halfway through a ham-and-Wisconsin cheese on rye. -Alabama is really good. -Clemson is really lucky. -Rutgers is really awful. No shirt, Sherlock, says anyone has been following Alabama since Nick Saban arrived in 2007.

Rankman’s Friday Mailbag: Ode to Bob (Dylan, not Stoops); SEC mess, Stuck inside of Fresno with the Oregon Blues Again — Well my sense of humanity has gone down the drain Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind She put down in writing what was in her ...

Rankman’s Super Duper Ranking\comments, Week 7 — Summer is over and cold chill just blew into the offices of Mark Helfrich (Eugene), Brian Kelly (South Bend), Charlie Strong (Austin) and the CEO of Samsung (Seoul), which is NOT going to make the four-team SPF (Smart Phone Playoff), but is still way better than the crazy leader of the North Division.

SEC Outsider: This week on “Between two Vernes” highlights quest to win one last Heisman for Lundquist — America's Greatest Football Conference needs to go up-tempo if it wants to present out-going CBS announcer Verne Lundquist with one last going-away Heisman. The venerable Verne, we hear, is tired of receiving trinkets at every stop this season. His home in Steamboat Springs (Co.)
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Oct 27, 2016

RT @latimessports: Jury rules in favor of ex-Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary in defamation case 

Oct 27, 2016

Casual Thursday? Young man go back to locker room and put some pants on!! #Pitt

Oct 27, 2016

RT @blauds: Another weekend, another win or else situation for Bc football; Rankman again nails it in HIS rankings. 

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