|Born||Richard Clay Travis
April 6, 1979
|Education||George Washington University
Radio talk show co-host
|Spouse(s)||Lara Travis (2004–present)|
Richard Clay Travis (born April 6, 1979) is an American sports journalist, writer and television analyst for Fox Sports. He works as an analyst on Fox Sports 1's college pre-game show, as well as their weekly SEC football show. He is also a columnist and editor for Outkickthecoverage.com, a national radio show host for NBC Sports, as well as the co-host of sports radio talk show "3HL" on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone with Brent Dougherty and Blaine Bishop. He also previously worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Tennessee.
After achieving success with a personal site, Travis began writing online for CBS Sports in September 2005 and since that time has entered into a leg-press feud with the Rev. Pat Robertson and embarked upon a tour of Southeastern Conference Football Stadiums which he called the Dixieland Delight Tour or DDT in homage to his idol Jake Roberts. Upon leaving CBS, Travis became an editor at Deadspin and then a national columnist at FanHouse. In 2011, he founded Outkickthecoverage.com.
In 2008, Travis worked out at D1 Sports Training with NFL prospects preparing for the NFL Draft. He later wrote a ten-part serial about the experience which he entitled Rough Draft.
In 2010, Nashville Scene named Travis "Best Sports Radio Host We Love To Hate" in the publication's "Best of Nashville" issue.
Travis is best known for his bold predictions in his columns, often stating his opinion or prediction and supporting it with the statement "that's a fact" or "this will happen, really". He once guaranteed that Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden would take the Tennessee head coaching position after Derek Dooley's departure from the program. Travis backed up his claim by citing an unnamed UT booster with inside information. Gruden subsequently turned down the offer from UT and Butch Jones was hired instead.
Despite the column's usual irreverence, Travis has emerged as a vociferous critic of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Since Goodell suspended Pacman Jones prior to his conviction in a court of law, Travis has argued that Goodell should have taken no action prior to the justice system acting.
Travis asked Tim Tebow whether he was saving himself for marriage in 2008. Tebow said that he was and the question provoked much public criticism and praise. Travis also asked LSU head coach Les Miles whether or not he ate grass, when Miles responded that he did, the story helped to define Miles on the national stage and became a staple of all profiles of Miles.
Travis was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from George Washington University in 2001, majoring in history, as well as working as a student basketball manager. He then attended Vanderbilt University Law School where he graduated in 2004.
- Dixieland Delight: A Football Season on the Road in the Southeastern Conference. HarperCollins, Inc. 2007. ISBN 0-06-143124-9.