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". Since 1999, Mandel has worked for SI.com, where he writes the "College Football Mailbag" (The Mailbag) column, numerous individual features, and analyses of various games. 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". 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 SI.com 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."
- Goldenberg, David (December 3, 2007), Deconstructing the BCS, Gelf Magazine
- The Quad Book Review, The New York Times, September 14, 2007
- See the bottom of the article: Steward Mandel, From Brown to Kiffin, here are 10 offseason storylines to watch, SI.com, February 13, 2009, Accessed February 14, 2009.
- Stewart Mandel, Four Thoughts for Friday, SI.com, September 21, 2007.
- "College sports writer Stewart Mandel joins FOX Sports".
- Mandel, Stewart. "Four critical questions that will determine the 2014 CFB Playoff". FoxSports.com.
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