Pat Forde

Pat Forde

Pat Forde is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, covering college football and basketball as well as the Olympics and horse racing. He co-hosts the College Football Enquirer podcast and is a football analyst on the Big Ten Network. He previously worked for Yahoo Sports, ESPN and The (Louisville) Courier-Journal. Pat has won a remarkable 28 Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest awards; been published three times in Best American Sports Writing; and was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize. A past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and member of the Football Writers Association of America, Pat lives in Louisville with his wife. They have three children, all of whom were college swimmers.

Ledecky is a near lock to qualify for multiple Olympic events, but she’s not the only American set to star in Paris.
Olympics

Five Things to Watch at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

American stars Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky will face tough competition to qualify at the Trials, which will host an even deeper talent pool than the Olympics.

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Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the first Olympic-size pool to be built inside an NFL arena.
Olympics

How an NFL Stadium Transformed into a Swimming Pool for U.S. Olympic Trials

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, will welcome about 1,000 Olympic hopefuls over the next week, setting a new bar of spectacle for the sport.

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Zhang Yufei was one of 23 Chinese swimmers who tested positive for a banned substance months before the Tokyo Games.
Olympics

U.S. Swimmers Unnerved by Latest Chinese Doping Case Ahead of Paris Olympics

The sport’s veterans aren’t holding back, speaking up on China’s cyclical controversy on behalf of the disheartened swimmers vying for a spot in this summer’s Games.

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Bowman cheers on his Arizona State swimmers as they go against the Grand Canyon Lopes in Tempe in January 2024.
Olympics

Bob Bowman’s Coaching Switch Disrupts U.S. Swimmers Ahead of Olympic Trials

The Hall of Fame coach sent ripples through the swimming world by leaving Arizona State for Texas. Now, the top American swimmers are scrambling as Bowman prepares to coach France in Paris.

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Hurley has a 141–58 record in his six seasons at UConn.
College Basketball

Losing Dan Hurley to the Lakers Would Be a Huge Blow to College Basketball

The two-time national champion UConn coach is reportedly considering a massive offer to head to the pros and team up with LeBron James.

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College football rosters are the biggest of any Division I sport.
College Football

It’s Time to Rethink College Football’s Bloated Roster Sizes

As settlements loom in a handful of court cases involving the NCAA, curtailing expenses is an agenda item for every athletic department.

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Oklahoma coach Brent Venables and the Sooners join the SEC this season.
College

The Most Interesting Year in SEC History Is on the Horizon

From the anticipated arrivals of Texas and Oklahoma to a new football coach at Alabama, there will be plenty to watch this fall.

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SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tacitly suggested that the NCAA basketball tournaments should be expanded.
College Basketball

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey Again Suggests NCAA Tournament Expansion

At the end of the league’s spring meetings, Sankey detailed how and why the SEC–Big Ten advisory group came to be earlier this year.

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Hall of Famer Bill Walton greets San Diego State Aztecs fans before the 2023 Final Four in Houston.
NBA

Bill Walton's Unflappable Positivity Made Him One of a Kind

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College sports are entering a new era after the power-conferences schools and NCAA settled the House vs. the NCAA lawsuit.
College

How We Got to Pay-for-Play in College Sports

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NCAA president Charlie Baker needs to do what he can to make it as fair as possible for everyone and not just another deal that caters to the most powerful elements of college athletics.
College Football

NCAA Power Conferences Try to Force Unequal Deal on the Less Powerful in Lawsuit Settlements

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Bryson DeChambeau shot a Sunday 64 at Valhalla that came up one shot short of forcing a playoff.
Golf

Bryson DeChambeau Didn't Win This PGA, But He Delivered an Unforgettable Show

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