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Stewart Mandel

Stewart Lance Mandel is an American sports writer who focuses on college football and college basketball. Mandel was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, attending Sycamore High School, and is a graduate of Northwestern University (1998) with a degree in Journalism.

Writing in Gelf Magazine, David Goldenberg noted that Mandel "has a broad perspective on the sport [of college football] and its various constituencies".[1] Since 1999, Mandel has worked for, where he writes the "College Football Mailbag" (The Mailbag) column, numerous individual features, and analyses of various games.[1] Mandel describes his job as primarily "attempting to explain to irrational college football fan bases across the country just how illogical the current system of college football is".[2] He also writes about men's college basketball. He was an AP voter in the NCAA Football AP poll, but gave the duty up to fellow writer Andy Staples.

In 2007, Mandel released his first book: Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football. A review in The New York Times complimented the book's "breezy, airy tone" and Mandel's ability to be "sarcastic without being cynical and critical without sounding jaded" during the "intricate tour through the ills of the college football world."[2]

In February 2009, announced Mandel would be taking a sabbatical from the site "to work on other projects. He returned in early July."[3]

A practicing Jew, Mandel held off from writing his featured sports blog during and in observance of Yom Kippur when it fell on a game day during the college football season.[4]

In June 2014, Fox Sports announced it had hired Mandel as a senior columnist covering college football and basketball.[5] He wrote his first column for on July 8, 2014.[6]


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  3. ^ See the bottom of the article: Steward Mandel, From Brown to Kiffin, here are 10 offseason storylines to watch,, February 13, 2009, Accessed February 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Stewart Mandel, Four Thoughts for Friday,, September 21, 2007.
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External links

  • Stewart Mandel archive

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