I really enjoyed reading this profile on Baylor head coach Art Briles. It skips over anything specific to coaching and goes straight for the defining moment in his life so far. While talking about the sad moment when his parents died in a car accident on their way to watch him play in the Cotton Bowl, Mark Schlabach also ties it back to Briles’ life now. This profile goes beyond Briles as a head coach and delves into how this tragedy now helps him “mold perennial losers into winners” and “persuade others into believing that anything is possible.”
I also really liked this profile on Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand who was paralyzed in a game against Army in 2010. David Epstein doesn’t focus on his time as a player, or even the injury specifically, but the inspiration he’s sought since then. The story after the injury is almost more important here because it shows that LeGrand never gave up — he still believes he will one day walk again. This profile highlights why LeGrand is an inspiration to the sport.
“Frogs want to make statement against Red Raiders” is a good advance of the Texas Christian University versus Texas Tech game because it states all the facts readers would want to know about the game. Matt Jennings tells the reader what some of TCU’s goals are for the game, what Texas Tech is going to bring to the game and some of the key players on the team that will need to shine in order for the Horned Frogs to win. It also includes the simple information such as game time and day, TV channel and some key stats for both teams from the season so far.
This advance of Central Florida’s game at Penn State is a different type of advance from the one above. This piece is more of an analysis of the different parts of the two teams and how they will stand up to each other at this weekend’s game. Paul Tenorio writes about some key players, how the defenses stack up and some important stats from the season so far. Unlike the story above, there are no quotes or opinions from outside sources like players or coaches. This piece is all about the basic facts and getting down to who technically has the edge.