Dan Wolken covers college football and occasionally other things for @USATODAY. Send news tips, story ideas and requests to dwolken@usatoday.com

ESPN reporter finds 'happy place' in cancer fight

wtsp.com — When she received the cancer diagnosis that would require surgery in February and an intense round of chemotherapy this summer, ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe made sure to set up little goals to get her to the start of the college football season.

For ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, the job’s the thing, not cancer

usatoday.com — When she received the cancer diagnosis that would require surgery in February and an intense round of chemotherapy this summer, ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe made sure to set up little goals to get her to the start of the college football season.

Big Ten and SEC are running away with college football

12news.com — In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, it's fitting that the Big Ten and the SEC have claimed championships right off the bat. Because as the sport has unintentionally evolved to a place where the relationship between financial prowess and football success is stronger than ever, college football is settling into an era where the so-called "Power Five" is more myth than reality.

Cash Elevates Big Ten, SEC Above Other Conferences

athleticbusiness.com — Copyright 2016 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, it's fitting that the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference have claimed championships right off the bat.

Big Ten and SEC are running away with college football

usatoday.com — In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, it's fitting that the Big Ten and the SEC have claimed championships right off the bat. Because as the sport has unintentionally evolved to a place where the relationship between financial prowess and football success is stronger than ever, college football is settling into an era where the so-called "Power Five" is more myth than reality.

Tim Beckman steps down as North Carolina volunteer assistant

usatoday.com — One day after it became public that former Illinois coach Tim Beckman had joined North Carolina's staff as a volunteer assistant coach, he stepped down Thursday and said he did not want to be a distraction for the Tar Heels. Beckman was fired prior to last season after allegations surrounding the way injured players were treated.

Wolken: North Carolina's Larry Fedora makes two big mistakes at one time in Tim Beckman hire

usatoday.com — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora embarrassed himself today. Unnecessary, egregious embarrassment for himself, not to mention a university and an athletic department that doesn't need any more of it.

Matt Centrowitz wins gold in men's 1,500; first for USA in 108 years

wcnc.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - American Matthew Centrowitz scored an upset in the men's 1,500 meters, leading practically wire-to-wire to capture the first gold medal in this event for the United States in 108 years. Centrowitz went out to the early lead and paced the field through the first two laps.

Matt Centrowitz wins gold in men's 1,500; first for USA in 108 years

12news.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - American Matthew Centrowitz scored an upset in the men's 1,500 meters, leading practically wire-to-wire to capture the first gold medal in this event for the United States in 108 years. Centrowitz went out to the early lead and paced the field through the first two laps.

Caster Semenya cruises to win in women's 800

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - Caster Semanya, the South African who was subjected to a gender test following her world championship victory in the 800 meters in 2009 and has been under constant scrutiny ever since, demolished the field Sunday to win an Olympic gold for the first time.
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Aug 30, 2016

RT @DanWolken: For ESPN's Holly Rowe, who has battled cancer this offseason, college football's return is therapy  http://usat.ly/2bN22hz  via @USATODAY

Aug 29, 2016

For ESPN's Holly Rowe, who has battled cancer this offseason, college football's return is therapy  http://usat.ly/2bN22hz  via @USATODAY

Aug 29, 2016

@NWAHutch Good to hear. As @glenwoodace can attest I was raised with low expectations for Lakeside

Aug 29, 2016

RT @wyshynski: 1st time I've actually worried that we're headed for "Michael Jordan, Inspiration for Crying Jordan Meme, Died..."  https://twitter.com/chicagotribune/status/770398055073972228 


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