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Andy Staples

Sports Illustrated
Sr Writer
Andy Staples is biding his time at Sports Illustrated until someone hires him to edit and write for a publication dedicated only to barbecue. Until then, his first dream job will have to suffice. Staples can rattle off the best hole-in-the-wall dives in America's preeminent college towns. He also knows a little about the football played in those towns. He has covered college football for SI since 2008. Before that he covered University of Florida sports for The Tampa Tribune from 2004-08 and University of Tennessee sports for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also vaguely remembers how to put on pads. In another life he was the worst walk-on offensive lineman in the history of the Southeastern Conference. In spite of Staples's obvious inability to block, the Florida coaching staff still allowed him to receive a national championship ring for the 1996 season. Staples holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida. He's married with 2 children and resides in Gainesville, FL