Pat Forde

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Pat Forde is a sports journalist who is a national columnist for Yahoo Sports. He previously worked for ESPN and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky.

Personal life and education[edit]

Forde is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He currently lives in Louisville with his wife Tricia and their three children.[1] He played high school football for Gary Barnett during his sophomore and junior years (1980–81) at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs.[2][3] He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

Work[edit]

The Courier-Journal[edit]

Forde began his career in 1987 working as a journalist for The Courier-Journal, where his writing won numerous awards.[4] He initially worked there as a beat reporter and then spent 12 years writing a column.

ESPN[edit]

In 2004, Forde left The Courier-Journal to join ESPN full-time after freelancing for their website for about seven years.[1] He soon became a staple on radio and television for his college football and basketball coverage. In addition, his column "Forde Yard Dash" drew acclaim for its intense focus on college football, featuring 40 mentions of college football from the previous week, as well as a weekly "Dashette", a female model or celebrity. During the NCAA basketball regular season, Forde wrote a column called, "Forde Minutes", following the same premise as his "Forde Yard Dash" column.

Yahoo Sports[edit]

In mid-October 2011, it was reported that Forde would be leaving ESPN after the expiration of his contract on November 1, 2011 to pursue a career with Yahoo Sports, reportedly due to frustration with a lack of journalistic freedom due to ESPN's many conflicts of interest.[5] After starting at Yahoo Sports on November 1, Forde resumed his weekly "Forde Yard Dash" and would later resume his "Forde Minutes" column as well.

Book on Rick Pitino[edit]

In 2008, Forde served as the co-author for the University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0.[6]

References[edit]

Yahoo Sports http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--notre-dame-won-t-compromise-values-for-wins--so-deal-with-it.html

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