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College Basketball Writers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by writer200707, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. writer200707

    writer200707 New Member

    Can anyone tell me the guys that I need to be reading for college basketball this year?
  2. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Gregg Doyel
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    It's been a while since we've had a "noobie" fishing for guys/gals to read.

    Had the subject title just been "Young College Basketball Writers," we would have been in business.
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Don't read me. My stuff blows.

    Go pick up Street and Smith's - they usually find pretty good beat guys from the various leagues. That would be a place to start. See who did the various league previews and you have a decent start to your list. You don't even have to buy it. Wander into a Barnes and Noble with a notebook and get busy.
    But, uh, yeah. Buy it. Tough times in our business.

    Blue Ribbon Yearbook, for the same reason. The people who cover the leagues for that publication do a hell of a lot of work and you can't get it done without knowing your shit.
  5. DCaraviello

    DCaraviello Member

    Jerry Tipton, the Lexington Herald-Leader. Been covering UK for decades. Has forgotten more than most people know. If he's not the dean of college basketball writers, he's close.

    Dick Jerardi at the Philly papers, Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News, and Dick (Hoops) Weiss of the NY Daily News are also must-reads during the season. And if there's breaking news, Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports will likely have it first.
  6. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    Couldn't agree more on Tipton.
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I heard Bleacher Report has some great basketball writers. Starting there would make sense.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    College hoops are definitely Doyel's strength. He knows it as well as just about anyone.

    Tipton is the best team beat writer in the country, but obviously he's primarily focused on Kentucky and the SEC.

    I don't know if Bob Holt is doing basketball or football at the Democrat-Gazette, but he was another beat writer who I thought always used to do an amazingly thorough job.

    The key is finding the beat writers who focus primarily on basketball. A lot of college beat writers cover football and then do hoops on the side and the coverage is usually lacking until February or March.
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    My hatred for UK notwithstanding, Tipton could bore the paint off walls.
  10. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Frank Burlison, Long Beach Press Telegram
  11. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Street And Smith's is now published under the Sporting News banner, FYI.
  12. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Tipton boring?
    Wow. Never thought I'd hear somebody say that. I'm stunned by how he's able to continue writing so well after so many years on the same beat.
    I still remember his lead from nearly 10 years ago when Penn State went into Rupp and Penn State's brother act threw like 50 points on the Wildcats between them.

    "Kentucky got fried last night. Extra Crispin."

    Still cracks me up.
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