Dan Wetzel

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Dan Wetzel is an author, screenwriter, and national columnist for Yahoo Sports and Yahoo.com.


As a sports writer, he has worked as the national columnist for Yahoo Sports and Yahoo.com, covering events around the world, including 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's appeared repeatedly in the Best American Sports Writing and been honored more than a dozen times by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

At Yahoo Sports he has been part of major investigative stories on pro and college sports, including scandals at Miami, Ohio State, Connecticut, Oregon, USC, various sports agencies and with in the NCAA itself.

As a screenwriter 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 was a fill-in host on The Sports Inferno in Detroit, Michigan on AM 1270. He's hosted numerous podcasts on Yahoo Sports.

He is an executive producer on a full-length documentary about the life, crimes and death of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. It is in conjunction with Blackfin Entertainment and Momentum Content, both in New York.

New York Times best-selling author who has written the following sports-related books:

Sole Influence: Basketball, Corporate Greed and the Corruption of America's Youth about sneaker companies and AAU Basketball.

Glory Road with Don Haskins, about the 1966 Texas Western Miners, the first college basketball team to start five African-American players. It was turned into a 2006 Disney movie of the same name.

Runnin' Rebel with former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Resilience, with Alonso Mourning, chronicling the life and recovery from a kidney transplant of the Hall of Fame player.

"Death to the BCS" with Josh Peter and Jeff Passan, an investigation into the college football bowl industry and system formerly used to determine the national champion.

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 Steubenville 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 was criticized in South Korea for affirming the result of the ladies' singles figure skating event at the XXII Olympic Winter Games, a result that the South Korean Olympic Committee formally protested.[8]


  1. ^ "Campus radicalism lacks mass appeal - University of Massachusetts", 1 February 1993 (accessed 9 November 2011).
  2. ^ "Journalism major thrives at UMass Amherst"[permanent dead link], umass.edu, 10 May 2006 (accessed 9 November 2011).
  3. ^ "Wetzel's playoff plan: Money talks". 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2009-12-21. "BCS Intelligence". 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-12-21. "Obama could bust the BCS with Broncos". 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-06."'Death to the BCS:' Nonsense rules". 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2010-10-14.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  5. ^ Steve Almasy, CNN (17 March 2013). "Two teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case". CNN. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ "CNN's Steubenville Coverage Focuses On Effect Rape Trial Will Have On Rapists, Not Victim". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Steubenville High School football players found guilty of raping 16-year-old girl". Yahoo Sports. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Deal with it, South Korea: Adelina Sotnikova beat Yuna Kim fair and square". Yahoo Sports. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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