• joined May 25, 2012
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A 1998 graduate of Penn State, Tim has spent the past 15 years working as a professional journalist, writer and editor. His work has appeared in publications including the Philadelphia City Paper, Fast Company, the Penn Stater and many others. In 1999, he founded The College Football Athenaeum, where he writes meandering, overly verbose but occasionally insightful commentaries about the beauties of college football, America’s greatest sport. He also hosts the TCFA Podcast, serves as college football writer for About.com, and has appeared as a guest college football analyst on WFAN radio in Pittsburgh, Pa., FOX Sports Radio in Charleston, S.C., WDWS in Champagne, Illinois and the West Virginia Radio Network.

He lives in the beautiful Wissahickon Valley, just outside of Philadelphia, with his wife and four (yeah, that’s right: four) kids.

Follow him on Twitter: @IntelligentCFB

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  • EPL Aston Villa
  • MLS Philadelphia Union
  • Serie A Inter Milan
User Blog

O'Brien: The Right Guy at the Right Time


He only stayed for two years. But they were two good years. And two important years, too.

Hidden Gems: Penn State-Louisville 1997


Hidden Gems: Penn State-Louisville 1997. Louisville scored first. Then Penn State took over. And for a quarter there, they truly looked like the best team in the country.

They Stayed. They Played. They Saved the Program.


The 2012 Penn State Nittany Lions were no more than a good football team. But when all is said and done, they will be remembered among the Penn State greats. And deservedly so.

The Enduring Importance of Ohio State-Penn State


This game wasn't supposed to matter. Not this year. The fact that it still does is a testament to Bill O'Brien, to Urban Meyer, and to the players on both teams—especially the ones wearing blue and white.

An Elegy For Beano Cook


Beano Cook was never a phony, and he never had an agenda, outside of this: He wanted what was best for the game.

Finally, Back to Football

It's time to get back to football—to the enjoyment it can bring, and will continue to bring, no matter what the critics say.

Making Peace With Playing For Nothing

It struck me late on Tuesday night, perhaps for the first time, that it was all over. College football as I have always known and experienced it, I mean. And Penn State football as I have always...

Time Will Tell


What's amazing to me is how they have all the answers. Sportswriters, I mean. And radio hosts. And the guys on ESPN. And all the Twitter hacks. It's staggering, really. In the wake of the latest...

A Healthy Beheading: Why Penn State Should Let Go of the Past


Black Shoe Diaries columnist Tim Hyland tries to search for answers for Penn State following the Sandusky Trial. Some of those answers might not be what Penn State fans want to hear...

Penn State Football: The Joy Is Gone. Will It Be Allowed To Return?


The joy is gone. Will it be allowed to return? Penn State football and its strange new era.

In Defense of College Football


Buzz Bissinger and others say that college football should be banned. It's time we put these silly arguments to rest.

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