Joe Jares

Joe Jares

Joe Jares was an SI writer for more than 15 years, covering more than 20 sports but mostly college basketball and tennis. Before SI, he was a prize-winning general-assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. After SI, he was for 20 years a columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Daily News. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?, a humorous look at the blood and ballyhoo of professional wrestling and his ring-villain father. SI named it one of the 100 best sports books of all time. Jares taught many journalism classes at his alma mater, USC. In 2015 he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

All Joe Jares Stories

Mar 31, 1980


Meanwhile, north of Indy, Old Dominion extended its reign, defeating Tennessee to win the AIAW title for the second consecutive year

Apr 23, 1979

A couple that has won a pair

Stanford coaches Dick and Anne Gould are wedded to each other and their jobs

Jul 16, 1979

The back is back, better than ever

Surgery on his spinal disk has allowed Bobby Grich to return to All-Star form

Feb 21, 1977

The Lietzke Blitzkrieg

Bruce Lietzke has attacked the tour for two wins and $123,350 in five events

Sep 18, 1978

Fair start on a foul day

The rains came to Seattle—so what else is new?—as did UCLA, which sloshed to an unimpressive 10-7 victory over defending Rose Bowl champion Washington

Mar 10, 1980

The shrink of the drink

The use of a psychologist is among the different strokes making Iowa a power

Jul 25, 1977


Not to mention the Nets and Apples. The courts in World Team Tennis are patchwork and so are other things, but no matter. Boasting Wimbledon champs, Russians and upbeat bosses, the league has made it to the ripe age of four

Mar 13, 1978

The Crums take the cake

Louisville upset Florida State to win the Metro 7 title for Coach Denny Crum

Feb 26, 1979

All's more than well at Alcorn

Not many know it, but Alcorn State has played 25 games and won 25 games

Jun 18, 1979

First title for the Titans

Cal State Fullerton shook off an opening-game loss and reeled off five straight wins, the last over Arkansas, to get its first-ever NCAA Division I championship

Jan 17, 1977

Graham did not crack

USC's Buzz Strode had the momentum, but UCLA's Tony Graham refused to crumble, enabling the Bruins to win the second National Collegiate Classic

Aug 07, 1978


The first National Sports Festival took place in the shadow of Pikes Peak and 2,165 athletes had their day in the sun

Nov 19, 1979

Praise the Lord and pass

California's Rich Campbell, first in the nation in percentage of completions and a Campus Crusader for Christ, is the latest leader of the Bears' passing parade

May 23, 1977

The Big Cy wasn't one bit shy

Chris Marlowe sneered and snarled as always, but his team lost the Nationals

Jan 30, 1978


A West German doctor, with his family in tow, and a Tanzanian language teacher made themselves at home in Los Angeles, repaying their host with stirring wins in the mile and two-mile at the Sunkist Invitational

Jan 29, 1979

A double Danny dandy

BYU, with sophomore Guard-Shortstop Danny Ainge, beat Utah, with sophomore Forward Danny Vranes, to win Wasatch bragging rights and the WAC lead