Brett McMurphy, Stadium College Football Insider

Brett McMurphy joined Stadium in August 2018. He broke one of the biggest stories of 2018 when his reporting on Ohio State led to the suspension of Head Coach Urban Meyer and Athletic Director Gene Smith.

McMurphy was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting in 2010 (discovering USF coach Jim Leavitt hit a player) and '18 (Meyer’s mishandling and knowledge of an assistant coach’s domestic violence history), but was not a Pulitzer Prize nominee finalist. He was named the 2019 Beat Writer of the Year by the Football Writer’s Association of America and has also been the recipient of 10 FWAA Awards recognizing his writing.

With Stadium, McMurphy will continue as a long-time voting member in the weekly Associated Press football poll along with the Heisman Trophy and several other national coach and player awards.

Before joining Stadium, McMurphy spent the previous five years at ESPN as a College Football Insider, breaking hundreds of stories across multiple platforms. Prior to ESPN, McMurphy wrote for CBS Sports, The New York Times, AOL FanHouse, The Tampa Tribune and the Odessa (Texas) American.

  • College Football
  • October 16, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s Heisman Ballot: New Names Join Tagovailoa, Haskins

At this point, I’m surprised Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s right knee doesn’t already have its own Twitter account, giving college football fans daily (hourly?) updates on the status of his knee. Officially, Tagovailoa’s knee is fine. Last week, he aggravated a knee sprain in the third quarter against Missouri. Alabama coach Nick Saban said on […]

  • College Football
  • October 15, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 7

Despite a plethora of upsets last week, I’m sticking with my same four College Football Playoff teams – Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame. However, I’ve got some new teams projected for the New Year’s 6 bowl games. Say hello to Texas, Michigan, Oregon and Oklahoma. There still remains eight unbeaten teams, including five […]

  • College Football
  • October 13, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football AP Top 25 Ballot After Week 7

Here is my latest Associated Press Top 25 ballot through games of Oct. 13. So how was your weekend? I knew I should have printed and patented those “Honk, if you are no longer undefeated” bumper stickers last week. Georgia, West Virginia and Colorado all suffered their first losses. UCF and USF should have, escaping […]

  • College Football
  • October 10, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s Heisman Ballot: No One Is Catching Tua

It’s over. Finished. The Heisman Trophy race is officially kaput. I know all about the laundry list of September and early October Heisman locks (Leonard Fournette, Denard Robinson, Geno Smith, Kenny Hill and Saquon Barkley), who failed to win the Heisman. But this time it feels so much different. It is Tua Time. Even before […]

  • College Football
  • October 8, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 6

Projecting this year’s College Football Playoff field is really pretty simple. A 13-0 SEC champ is in. A 13-0 ACC champ is in. A 13-0 Big Ten champ is in. A 13-0 Big 12 champ is in. A 13-0 Pac-12 team is in. A 12-0 Notre Dame is in. Wait, that’s six teams for four […]

  • College Football
  • October 6, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football AP Top 25 Ballot After Week 6

Here is my latest Associated Press Top 25 ballot through games of Oct. 6. There was a lot of movement on my ballot Sunday because six teams on my Top 25 ballot last week lost on Saturday. The biggest movers on my ballot were Florida, up from No. 21 to No. 10 after upsetting LSU, […]

  • College Football
  • October 2, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s Heisman Trophy Ballot Through Week 5

If you loved my Heisman Trophy ballot last week, you will love this week’s, because my top three stayed the same. There is usually some shuffling among the top three, but not this week. I’ll update my list each Tuesday. However, I will not reveal my official Heisman ballot in the first week of December. […]

  • College Football
  • October 1, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 5

Maybe in addition to my bowl projections each week, I need to start including “bowl name” projections since those are changing as frequently as well. The bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., featuring Pac-12 and Big 10 teams was called the Foster Farms Bowl from 2014-17 and was renamed the San Francisco Bowl for this season. […]

  • College Football
  • September 29, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football AP Top 25 Ballot After Week 5

Here is my latest Associated Press Top 25 ballot through games of Sept. 29. The biggest movers on my ballot were Notre Dame, up from No. 12 last week to No. 5 this week after routing Stanford, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 14. Falling out of my Top 25: No. 18. Duke, No. […]

  • College Football
  • September 25, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s Heisman Trophy Ballot Through Week 4

Each Tuesday, I will reveal my Heisman Trophy ballot if the season ended today — and, thankfully, it does not. Like the official Heisman ballot, I will list my top three in order. I also will list others who just missed my top three. I will update this each week, and while I won’t reveal […]

  • September 25, 2018

San Diego St. RB Juwan Washington to Miss up to 6 Weeks With Shoulder Injury

San Diego State tailback Juwan Washington could miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, sources told Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Washington is the nation’s fifth-leading rusher, averaging 128 yards per game, and was injured in Saturday’s win against Eastern Michigan. He was averaging 150 yards in the Aztecs’ first three games before missing […]

  • College Football
  • September 24, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 4

Now that I’ve found a new home with Stadium, so have my annual bowl projections. Each Monday, I’ll post my bowl projections here for the 40 bowls — including the College Football Playoff title game. These projections are my end-of-the-season predictions. So my bowl projections will likely look a lot different than how I have […]

  • College Football
  • September 23, 2018

Brett McMurphy’s College Football AP Top 25 Ballot After Week 4

Here is my latest Associated Press Top 25 ballot through games of Sept. 22. If you don’t like my rankings, don’t worry — they’ll change next week. 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. LSU 4. Stanford 5. Ohio State 6. Clemson 7. Oklahoma 8. West Virginia 9. Penn State 10. Auburn 11. Washington 12. Notre Dame […]

  • College Football
  • August 15, 2018

Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson to Retire After This Academic Year

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson will retire after this academic year, a source told Stadium. The official announcement will be made on Thursday, a source said. Benson, who turns 67 in December, has been the Sun Belt’s commissioner since 2012. Previously, he was commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference from 1994-2002 and the Mid-American Conference from […]

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