In ESPN The Magazine's College Football Preview, Wright Thompson writes about Johnny Manziel, the Heisman winner whose celebrity threatens to derails both his career and the Aggies' season.
He was a Notre Dame fan who died late this season. And there was more to his life than just football.
The ideas of family, and of home, are inexorably wound together, much like the stories of the integration of Ole Miss in 1962, and of the university's dominant football team that fall.
Is there a generation of football stars who already have been ruined and don't know it yet?
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's new commitment to balancing work and family life
Willie Roaf's family filled with emotion for Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
Thirty years after Bear Bryant's final season, the person who knew him best struggles to remember the man behind the myth. He's not alone.
Turning out the lights: The end of a week, and an era, at Penn State
Penn State was a place from another time, in a self-proclaimed happy valley. Now, scorched by scandal, the town that Joe Paterno built struggles to define its icon and itself.
A dinner with Les Miles and his family.
LSU coach Les Miles juggles family and football in the shadow of the Alabama showdown
For ESPN The Magazine's college football preview, Wright Thompson tells the story of the poisoned oaks at Toomer's Corner in Auburn.
For more than four decades, people looking for traces of football and the faded '50s have come to this home in Green Bay, Wis. They are looking for Lombardi.
Fifty years after winning the Heisman Trophy, the LSU star has taken a journey from the top to the bottom and back again. At 72, he's found peace.
In 1962, the Ole Miss campus erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over an unbeaten football team. Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores the tumultuous fall that still grips the state.
As Brett Favre works out to stay in football shape, the high school players in Hattiesburg, Miss., get the experience of a lifetime.