Dan Wetzel

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Dan Wetzel is an author, screenwriter, and tabloid journalist.

He's written sports-related books Resilience, Sole Influence, Glory Road, and Runnin' Rebel. As a sports writer, he has written about NASCAR, college football, the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, mixed martial arts, and the Olympics. His columns appear In the sports section of Yahoo.com.

He cowrote the 2014 movie Life of a King, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Dennis Haysbert.

He cohosts a weekly radio show on Yahoo Sports Radio with Pat Forde. He is a fill-in host on The Sports Inferno in Detroit, Michigan on AM 1270.

Wetzel is a native of Norwell, Massachusetts and a 1994 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was editor of the campus newspaper (The Daily Collegian) and majored in political science.[1][2]


Dan Wetzel is a passionate opponent of the BCS system for determining the NCAA Division I FBS National Football Championship. He regularly writes on the desirability of a playoff to determine the national champion,[3] and has co-authored a book entitled Death to the BCS.[4]

On March 18, 2013, Wetzel authored a piece on the Stubenville High School rape verdict that quickly went viral. The article differed starkly in tone from other coverage of the case, eschewing sympathy for the rapists' "ruined lives"[5][6] and instead emphasizing the pervasive rape culture that permitted the rape to go forward, including the potential culpability of witnesses to the rape.[7]


On February 22, 2014 Dan Wetzel posted an article on Yahoo entitled: "Deal with it, South Korea". The article came under heavy criticism for his condescending tone and over generalization to address the nation for the widely unpopular result of Ladies' singles at the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Wetzel patronizes the nation to "Deal with it" and "accept reality". This led many to question his professionalism and reputation as a journalist. [8]


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