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Tom Dienhart

Yahoo Sports/Rivals

                      

   

What advice do you have for an aspiring sports writer?

Get as much experience as you can, working for your school paper and local paper.  There is nothing like hands-on experience to serve as a teacher.

 

What is the best part about working at Yahoo?

The company values the input of its writers, allowing us to come up with our own story ideas. I also get to work from home, which allows me great flexibility. The site also offers high visibility, as it is one of the world’s most visited destinations on the web.

 

Who is the best current NCAA player?

The best current player is Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. He got my vote for the Heisman Trophy. I think he is one of the best players college football has seen in the last 15 years. He’s a freakish combination of size and speed. He’s also an underrated passer and a tough, gritty leader. He has it all.

 

What is the best team that you have "covered" since you have been a writer?

I think it was the 2005 USC team. The Trojans lost the BCS title game to Texas that year, but it was a loaded USC squad that was one of the best teams in the last 25 years with players like Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and LenDale White.

 

What was your favorite subject in school?

I enjoyed history/social studies.

 

What is your favorite quote?

"Be careful for what you wish for, because you may get it."

 

Will we ever have a playoff in college football?  Why or why not?

You never want to say “never.” But I think it will be a long time before we have a playoff. There seems to be too much sentiment among the power conferences to retain the bowl system.