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A running log of things I’m working on.

‘I’m Not The Lone Wolf’

It’s 11:30 the morning of August 4. Urban Meyer just got out of a two-hour meeting with his staff. He’s wearing white running shoes, red Ohio State athletic shorts and a white long-sleeved OSU Dri-FIT shirt. In two days, the team arrives and fall camp begins. He’s had the busiest month of his life getting ready for...
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For Love of the Game: Chasing Big League Dreams For 12 Bucks an Hour

Kyle Johnson brought his wife and their two young daughters with him to spring training this year, here in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was about $3,000 more expensive than in 2016, when he crashed on a friend’s couch in Jupiter, 35 miles south, to save money. A speedy 27-year-old outfielder, Kyle—like all baseball minor...
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NOT QUITE LIKE MIKE

Confetti, cracked dreams and crying in front of Jordan: what it feels like one year later for UNC's Marcus Paige, whose one shining moment got erased by the ultimate March Madness buzzer-beater.
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NO LOVE: A Fighter on his Way to Prison. A Kid with Cancer. A Promise that Saved Them Both.

  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 carries her small white Chihuahua. A crowd swarms. People ask for pictures. Cody poses for a...
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The Linebacker, the Dead Body, and a Pizza Delivery From Hell

Napoleon Harris may not be Bruce Wayne—he was in the NFL and politics, and he's real—but for at least one night, to one community on Chicago's South Side, he was as close to Batman as this world has to offer
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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...
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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.  ...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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​,...
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Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market

Starting TODAY, every Wednesday through August 26, I'll be hanging out at the Umbrella Market in Greenville from 5-8 p.m.
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Help me out?

A quick, probably annoyingly earnest note — but also a giveaway!
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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...
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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...
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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...
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No Curtains Over The Windows: Or, How Coss and Jenn got together

How the least likely girl in the world to fall in love with ex-felon Coss Marte did, in fact, fall in love with him.
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