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A Front-Row Seat with the Sportswriters Who Sat There

Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.

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Dennis Dodd: In the Eye of the Storm

College football is a cyclone of emotion, passion, and downright insanity. Dennis Dodd has been chasing the game’s outbursts since its growth from a regional sport into a national obsession. He’ll take you along with the Big Eight Skywriters, into the Boz’s dorm room, and to breakfast with Bobby Bowden. He’ll put you at the Flea Kicker, the Kick Six, the Colorado-Miami brawl. Hear about Pete Carroll, Tom Osborne, and Barry “Hang-Half-a-Hundred-on-em” Switzer. Oh, and Todd has a story about beer, a Styrofoam cup . . . and Darrell Royal.

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. In 2006, he became the first journalist at an internet outlet to serve as President of the Football Writers Association of America. Dennis has won several FWAA Best Writing Contest Awards, and he is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games. He has chronicled conference realignment as well as the start of the College Football Playoff.

Besides college football, Dennis has also written about the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball. Dodd graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism after growing up in the St, Louis, Mo., area. His first full-time job was in Sherman, Texas. After eight months there, Dodd then graduated to the Kansas City Star, where from 1981-89 he covered various sports and developed a love for college football. After Kansas City, Dennis worked for the St. Louis Sun (1989), The National (1990-92), Omaha World-Herald (1992-94) and SportsWriters Direct before joining CBS Sportsline in 1998. The St. Louis native is a diehard fan of that city’s Cardinals and Blues. Dennis is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. He has written two books, one on the history of Missouri basketball, and another about the formation of the Big 12.

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Todd Jones is senior writer for the Ohio State Alumni Magazine and host of the Ohio State University podcast, One Degree Greater.

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