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CODY GARBRANDT IS LIVING THE DREAM: HOW UFC’S NEW STUD GOT HIS SUPERPOWER

  One of my favorite stories yet: that of Cody Garbrandt, new UFC bantamweight champ and sensation, who helped save a kid stricken by cancer — and who himself was saved by that kid as well.    Cody Garbrandt walks down Third Street in tiny Dennison, Ohio, the gleaming UFC title belt slung over his shoulder. Decorated trucks and floats line the street. He’s flanked by his stepfather, his mom and his girlfriend, Danny, who …

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Tim Tebow Can’t Help Himself

  What if a 29-year-old former quarterback was good enough to play pro baseball, too? What if we all tried the things that people told us we could not do? Inside the final comeback of a born-again star   Before he said yes to training Tim Tebow over the summer, former major league catcher Chad Moeller met with the recovering quarterback at his private baseball training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had a couple of …

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The Forever Comeback

B/R Mag at Bleacher Report asked me to profile Robert Griffin III. What started out a couple months ago as a story about his comeback changed after his Week 1 injury, rapidly pivoting into an exploration of what drives him and why, although the sports world on the whole believes he’s done, Griffin, his coaches, and his teammates have reason to believe otherwise. Read here.  

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‘I’m Not The Lone Wolf’

  My story about Urban Meyer and his struggle with mental health is out now at B/R Mag, the new magazine by Bleacher Report. I’ll post some stories and other notes that didn’t make the final cut over the next week or two. I’ll also share the story of how the interview came to happen. In short, I kind of bared my soul, and thankfully, that didn’t freak Urban out. For now, though, enjoy the …

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From MDMA to the NFL: Noah Spence’s Journey Isn’t Over

Bleacher Report asked me to write a thing about Noah Spence, the NFL prospect who was one of the best players in college football at Ohio State, got kicked off the team and banned from the Big Ten, then went in search of redemption at lil’ ol’ Eastern Kentucky University. Seems he found it, too, and everyone around him says he loves sharing his story, so as to educate and inspire. Contrary to what you …

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What Killed the Bear Lady?

For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery. My latest story, for Outside magazine. Read it here: click.

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New Story: “What Killed The Bear Lady?”

I’ve got a new feature out in the April 2016 issue of Outside magazine: “What Killed The Bear Lady?” It’s about Kay Grayson, who was known as The Bear Lady because she lived with a pack of bears and spent the last 25 years of her life or so fighting poachers trying to kill them, until she was found having died under mysterious circumstances last January. The story will be online sometime in the next few …

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BORN THAT WAY: The Legend of Coach Marvin Jarman

On a Monday night in Greenville, North Carolina, the fever of high school football archrivalry sweeps over a field in the country. Almost everyone will lose their minds at some point over the next few hours, all except one man. J.H. Rose High School’s football team, after a 30-minute trip from Marvin Jarman Drive in central Greenville here to D.H. Conley High School, steps out of their buses wearing emerald-green pants with bright blue piping …

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Some notes regarding the Marvin Jarman story

One of the hardest parts of every assignment is deciding what to leave out. That’s never been more true than right now: My story about Greenville, N.C. coaching icon Marvin Jarman comes out at SB Nation Longform tomorrow (see this previous blog post about it), and I feel like I only used two percent of the material and interviews I gathered over the course of the past couple months. I love talking to people. I love getting to know who …

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Before The Hoodie

My newest published story is out now — Bleacher Report asked me to write Bill Belichick’s origin story. Been working on it the past couple months. Truth be told, it was a frustrating story, one that, frankly, I was ready to give up on. Belichick wasn’t talking to me, nobody close to him was talking to me, and I thought that the story would be better if we waited a few more weeks at least, once …

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The ConBody Kickstarter

Hey, remember former-drug-kingpin-turned-fitness-superstar Coss Marte? I profiled him for SB Nation back in April. And now, he could use some help and I thought you’d like to know about it — check out his Kickstarter page here. Basically, he needs to raise $25,000 in the next 25 days so they can build a much-needed new studio space. And remember, he’s more than just another fitness entrepreneur. He’s an ex-con trying to change the way the world sees …

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Marvin Jarman

Just posted this on Facebook and figured I might as well share it here: I’ve never done this before, but hey, this is as good a time as any: I’m going to tell you about a story I’m writing and ask for your help with it. Cool? Cool. So here’s the deal: For SB Nation​, I’m writing a big long story about Marvin Jarman. If you’re from Greenville, N.C., he likely needs no introduction, but …

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Oh hi there!

Been a while, meaning it’s about time for another “oh darn I haven’t blogged in awhile so here’s an update” sort of post. Darn, I haven’t blogged in awhile, so here’s an update. I haven’t been blogging as much for a few reasons, but the main one is that I’m focusing on other work right now so that I can make it as good as possible. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn …

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Sultan

Sultan is one of the ex-felon Coss Athletics trainers who make a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte,” my story that came out last week. He was an incredibly compelling guy in his own right, and I wished I’d been able to give him more space in the story. He probably deserves his own story. Here’s the best I can do, for now anyway. The man’s a beast — 6-4, just shredded, like an …

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Ray

Ray was one of the ex-felons who works with Coss now who made a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte.” Ray also wore me out — when I was reporting Coss’s story in New York, I watched Coss lead one class, then participated in Ray’s class after that. I haven’t really worked out in a year, probably. A one or two mile jog here or there, some pushups and situps every once in …

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How ‘Little Floyd’ Became ‘Money Mayweather’

Hot on the heels of my story about the unforgettable Coss Marte last week comes this profile of the inescapable Floyd Mayweather. Sorry to add to all the Mayweather noise, but I tried to do something nobody’s managed to really do — pin down who Mayweather really is, and why. Much like Floyd’s life, the story’s not quite how it seems at first. All I think you really need to know is that Josie Harris, …

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