The Intercollegiate is a public-service journalism venture that critically confronts the subject of college sports.
It proceeds from the notion that the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics, as it has come to be, is neither inherently virtuous nor right-minded, and that it demands skeptical inquiry and public scrutiny. The Intercollegiate is unconcerned with on-the-field results and indifferent to the entertainment interests of fans. We trust you can find that kind of coverage in a thousand other college sports media platforms.
We endeavor to skeptically examine college sports through our emailed dispatch, Newsletter of Intent, and a weekly podcast. (You can subscribe to both from this website.) Behind-the-scenes, we actively collaborate with academics and other journalists, in the hopes of bringing greater illumination and understanding to the problems of this multi-billion-dollar industry, which touches every important part of our society and prevails over the American higher education system.
The Intercollegiate officially launched on Oct. 28, 2019. Please scroll down to learn more about our roster, contributors and creative partner.
Daniel Libit is the creator, host and editor of The Intercollegiate. In late 2016, Libit launched the website NMFishbowl.com, through which he spent two years vivisecting the University of New Mexico’s athletic department as an experiment in college sports journalism. In that time, Libit broke numerous stories and scandals about the Lobos, and his reporting prompted several state investigations. Libit’s work has been the subject of a New York Times profile and referenced in numerous national media outlets. Prior to this detour into college sports, Libit spent over a decade covering national politics as a staff reporter for Politico and The Daily, and a contributing writer for National Journal and CNBC.com. He resides in suburban Chicago. Email Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter.
Luke Cyphers has covered the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Cup, the World Series, March Madness, and a state high-school championship game featuring Stephon Marbury and Lamar Odom. He was a founding member of the New York Daily News sports investigations team and spent a decade as a senior editor and senior writer on an ESPN The Magazine, during which time the publication claimed two National Magazine Awards for general excellence. Luke’s story about human trafficking of teenage basketball players for Bleacher Report, co-written with Teri Thompson, was selected for The Best American Sports Writing 2017. A sequel to that story in Deadspin helped lead to the conviction of a prep-school owner for immigration fraud. Email Luke at email@example.com.
Nick is an attorney who advises The Intercollegiate on public records legal matters. Since 2017, Nick has represented Daniel Libit in four separate public records lawsuits related to the University of New Mexico’s athletic department. Their first case, seeking records from the UNM Foundation, prevailed on summary judgment. When not crusading for governmental transparency, Nick is an active trial lawyer who focuses his practice on the representation of the accused in investigations and litigation in the state and federal courts. Nick served as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, was an attorney with Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, served as the Law Fellow at the AFL-CIO, and was an attorney with a public interest law firm in Washington, DC. Nick received his law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law where he was a staff editor of The Catholic University Law Review and a Plato Papps Academic Fellow.
Matt Brown is the founder and publisher of the Extra Points newsletter. Prior to that, he ran SB Nation’s college team brand coverage, and regularly contributed for SBNation.com and Banner Society. Matt is also the author of “What If? A closer look at college football’s great questions”. He is passionate about college football history, higher education policy, open records, the business of college athletics, and goofy mascots. Matt is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and a Granville, Ohio native. He lives in Chicago, with his wife and two daughters.
The Intercollegiate is proud to partner with the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI), an academic center housed within the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina. CSRI’s mission is to encourage and support interdisciplinary and inter-university collaborative college-sport research, serve as a research consortium for college-sport researchers from across the United States, and disseminate college-sport research results to academics, college-sport practitioners and the general public. You can learn more by visiting CSRI’s website.