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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
  • November 24, 2019

Brett McMurphy’s College Football AP Top 25 Ballot for Week 14

It was a pretty uneventful week involving Top 25 teams on my ballot with the exception of two games: Ohio State holding off Penn State and Arizona State upsetting Oregon. I dropped Penn State down to 10th after the Nittany Lions’ loss at Ohio State and dropped Oregon to No. 14 after losing at Arizona […]


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