Neither Rutgers University nor the University of Maryland has been considered a traditional football powerhouse. In the last decade, though, both have invested heavily in coaches and facilities in the hope of competing... Read More »
Steve Bartman sat in the first row down the left-field line for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field on Oct. 14, 2003. He wore a green turtleneck... Read More »
Roy Adams’s two-story brick home is tucked neatly into a middle-class residential street. In the driveway, University of Tennessee and Southeastern Conference flags fly at full staff. On the front door, a poster urges his guests to adhere to a five-drink limit.... Read More »
Ben is a contributing writer for The New York Times covering sports in Chicago and around the Midwest. He is currently co-authoring a book about the NCAA and the rise of college sports. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine.
Ben grew up on the North Side of Chicago and graduated from Ithaca College. He previously served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. You can follow Ben on Twitter @bstrauss1.