C.J. Schexnayder

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I am an editor for Football Study Hall and Stride Nation as well as a contributor to Team Speed Kills. I occasionally write articles on the history of college football for SB Nation's main site. I am a former editor with Roll Bama Roll, working with the Alabama Crimson Tide website under the name "kleph" from 2008 to 2013.

In real life I am a working journalist with more than a decade-and-a-half experience writing for newspapers, magazines and various other periodicals around the world. I attended the University of Alabama in the mid-1980s and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.

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The 2013 NCAA Cross Country National Championships

Colorado won its fourth men's cross country national championship this weekend with Providence claiming the women's crown. Oregon's Edward Cheserek and Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino won the individual titles.


Distance Running Pioneer Ted Corbitt

Earlier this month Ted Corbitt was inducted into the Black Distance Runners Hall of Fame. The only thing more amazing than Corbitt's athletic feats are his efforts to create the sport we know today.

The Increasing Size of College Football Players

A recent study has outlined the size increase in college football players over the past seven decades.

Boston Marathon Invites Those Impacted by Bombings

The Boston Athletic Association is inviting those affected by the bombings of the 2013 race to run in next year's marathon.

OK, You Hate Runners. Get Over It.

The running community has provided a robust response to a Wall Street Journal column blasting runners as self-aggrandizing annoyances.

Kids Today Are Slower, Less Fit Than Their Parents Were

The American Heart Association released findings of a study this week that examined the running fitness of children worldwide. The results indicate kids’ cardiovascular fitness has declined around the globe since about 1975. That's a concern since the decline in running fitness -- which they attribute to a number of factors -- may indicate worse health in adulthood.

Alabama's Racial Dilemma: The 1953 Orange Bowl

In 1952 the University of Alabama faced a difficult choice between a long sought return to postseason play and violating the school's unwritten ban against playing integrated teams.


The Terrible Truth About the Razorbacks

So a week or two ago I headed to northern Arkansas to see a buddy of mine who lives in the mountains there. It was a wonderful opportunity to get out of the city for a bit and see some of the...

The Mysterious Origins of the Phrase "Roll Tide"

We are all reasonably familiar with the genesis of the various traditions associated with Alabama football but, it recently occurred to me, the origin of the phrase "Roll Tide" is oddly...

Wally and the Bear take down some Yankees

Wally and the Bear take down some Yankees


The Presidential Football Games

An effort to tally the list of college football games attended by the President of the United States of America.

The 2013 FBS College Football Media Guides

Your handy index to every 2013 media guide available online for all 125 FBS football teams and the ten conferences.

College Football Preview Magazines' Power Poll

Football Study Hall takes a comparative look at the college football preview magazines' take on how the teams stack up in 2013.

Princeton vs Yale 1903

In 1903 Thomas Edison was on hand for the Princeton vs Yale game with his "Kinetograph" giving us the earliest glimpse of college football as it was actually played.


The Development of Death Valley in Louisiana: The Story of Tiger Stadium

The North American Society for Sports History met this weekend in Nova Scotia for their annual convention. The three-day event saw a host of presentations on pretty much every sport you can...

FanPost of the Week: Integrating GT Football

Every week from now on, the writing staff will now pick a fanpost or fanshot we deem interesting and worthy of extra attention. This week: the school too busy to hate apparently had some time on its hands.

College Football and the NASSH Conference

The annual NASSH conference is underway and there are a heaping helping of great papers being presented on college football and sports in general.

The Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

Ok, folks. Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, just got pounded by a twister on par with the one that hit Tuscaloosa two years ago. SB Nation's Oklahoma Sooners site, Crimson & Cream Machine is starting to deal with the scale of the disaster much like we did. If anyone understands what they are going through, it's us. If you have advice, support or prayers to offer, it might be a good time to drop in and let them know.

The Great Tiger Stadium Barbecue of 1940

The biggest barbecue ever held in a US football stadium occurred in 1940 at LSU to mark the inauguration of Louisiana Governor Sam Jones.


Derrick Thomas and "The Hurricane Bowl"

On Dec. 1, 1988 Alabama's Derrick Thomas put on one of the most impressive performances of his career against Texas A&M in College Station.

Study Hall Staff Reading Recs

Your Football Study Hall editorial staff offers a number of reading recommendations to help fill the coming football free summer months.

Matt Hinton on "For the Glory"

SB Nation's "Sunday Morning Quarterback" looks back at the 1994 book "For the Glory" -- a player's point-of-view look at Joe Paterno's Penn State program.

Summer Reading Recommendations

Writers from around SB Nation suggest books College Football fans should pick up to read during the long off season.

The Big Shootout: Texas vs. Arkansas 1969

Filmmaker Mike Looney's documentary on the 1969 Texas vs Arkansas game, "The Big Shootout," premieres Saturday at the Dallas International Film Festival. He spoke with Football Study Hall about the importance and repercussions of this titanic game.

Pitt vs Fordham 1937

Fordham's "Seven Blocks of Granite" from the 20s and 30s are usually recalled today for two reasons; 1) the presence of Vince Lombardi and 2) being the archtypical offensive line for the "three...

Alabama's Next Athletic Director's Challenge

The man who is chosen to fill the vacancy left by Alabama Athletic Director will likely have to chose Nick Saban's successor. Crimson Tide history shows that's not a simple task.

What the End of A Crimson Tide Dynasty Looks Like

On November 1, 1980 one of the greatest dynasties in college football history came to a close when Miss State beat back-to-back National Champion Alabama. The demise of Bear Bryant's 1970s dynasty may hold lessons for the current Crimson Tide team.

The 1948 Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs Texas

Three years ago, in anticipation of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, I penned a series of stories over at Roll Bama Roll looking at every game in the Alabama vs Texas series....

South Carolina's Great Sigma Nu Caper of 1961

The South Carolina vs. Clemson rivalry has produced its share of epic contests but few can contend with the 1961 edition of the series.

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