TMGcollegesports.com, the home of The Media Guides, is committed to bringing you exclusive college football content (and more) throughout the year. These nationally recognized columnists – Chris Dufresne, formerly with the Los Angeles Times; Herb Gould, formerly with the Chicago Sun-Times; and Mark Blaudschun, formerly with the Boston Globe and, our most recent partner, Mr. College Football, Tony Barnhart, formerly with Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cover the college football season from coast to coast. If you grew up reading these guys, keep reading them. If you’re a discerning fan, coach, administrator or media professional who needs top-notch analysis, TMG is your place. The Media Guides have more than 150 years of combined access, insight and expertise to bring you content you won’t find anywhere else.
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Chris Dufresne, formerly the national college football and basketball columnist at the Los Angeles Times, was overtaken several years ago by an alter ego named Rankman who put college teams in their places. Since starting at the Times on the loading docks at age 18, he has chronicled the defunct United States Football League, NFL, major league baseball, multiple golf majors, a Summer Olympics and six straight Winter Olympic games, from Lillehammer to Sochi. Dufresne has earned several Associated Press Sports Editor (APSE) awards, won two first-place Los Angeles Press Club awards and was named 2011 California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) now known as the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). He also served as President of the Football Writers Association of America, in 2013, and earned FWAA’s “Beat Writer of the Year” honors for 2015. He looks forward to unleashing Rankman on yet another college football season at TMGcollegesports.com.
The Gould Standard
Herb Gould, otherwise known at TMGcollegesports.com as The Gould Standard, is a nationally recognized, Chicago-based sportswriter with deep Big Ten 10 roots (Badger undergrad and masters from Northwestern). In a nearly four decade career with the Chicago Sun-Times, most recently as senior writer for college football and basketball and golf, he handled just about every other sports beat in town; including the Bulls’ run in 2011, the Bears’ Super Bowl shuffle in 1985 and a five-year stint with the Blackhawks in the early 90s. Herb is the author of Victory March, a book about Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship. He now maintains his own golf and travel website, and has contributed to other sports outlets, including ESPN.com, Lindy’s football and basketball annuals and many golf publications. Or, to put it in Twitter terms – he’s a sportswriter, golfer, brewer. From NCAA to PGA to IPA, Herb’s got it covered for The Media Guides.
A Jersey Guy
Mark Blaudschun grew up in New Jersey, went to the University of Miami and started his career in New Jersey before heading west to the Dallas Morning News. In the late 80s, he joined the Boston Globe, where he covered college football and basketball, the Patriots (before they were Super Bowl contenders), the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. When you cut through his 30+ years covering everything from Super Bowls and World Series to Final Fours and BCS title games and even a few Olympics, he remains a Jersey Guy at heart…and soul. As a past President of the FWAA and a 2012 recipient of its “Co-Beat Writer of the Year” award, this guy knows college sports, too. Both cynical and enthusiastic, he gets to the heart of the matter quickly. So, if you want a Jersey guy’s insight or opinion–you’ll find it here, even if you don’t like it or agree with it. And, if you need a new coach and want some leg work done at reasonable rates, you know where to reach him.
Mr. College Football
Tony Barnhart, Mr. College Football, a native of Georgia and University of Georgia graduate, is considered by many (including us) to be the most authoritative, fair-minded and graceful chronicler of Southern football of his generation. An award-winning writer and broadcast analyst, with more than four decades in the business, Barnhart spent the majority of his professional writing career with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He long ago developed into a multi-platform talent and has provided sideline/studio work for CBS Sports and the SEC Network. Most recently, he was a columnist for Gridiron.com. Barnhart, a past president of the Football and Basketball Writers’ Associations (FWAA/USBWA), has won numerous awards including Georgia Sportswriter of the Year (1999), twice been nominated for Southern Regional Emmy awards and received the FWAA’s Bert McGrane (HOF) award (2009). He is also the author of five books, including “Southern Fried Football: the History, Passion and Glory of the Great Southern Game.” Barnhart’s timing in joining TMG is perfect, with this year’s College Football Playoff national title game being played right in his home town: Atlanta.