Born and raised: Born in Oxford, Mississippi and raised in Jackson, Mississippi.
Colleges: Ole Miss, Cuesta, and University of California, Berkeley for BA in History; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for MA in English and MA in Education; Sacramento State, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
Wife: The lovely and talented Julia Medley.
Children: Beatrix, 3, and Holden, 5.
Other Book: Ain’t Whistlin’ Dixie No More.
Screenplays: Twiggers; Marilyn, Marilyn; The Orphan Whose Name Was Writ in Water; and Muir.
Books Soon to Be Released: Isabel Rose and The Secret Goldfish; Saving Holden; and Bounce House Benny.
Current Research: Identity, Emotional, Social, Academic, and Athletic Development of Redshirt Student Athletes.
Best moment (unrelated to graduating college, getting married, and having children): Sinking this half-court shot with the team before the University of Arizona game. (see below)
Worst moment: Air balling my half-court shot with the team before the University of Arizona game two years later.
Favorite college basketball players then and now: George Gervin, Eastern Michigan University; Dennis Rodman, Southeastern Oklahoma State; Charles Barkley, Auburn; Andre Miller, University of Utah; Jason Kidd, Cal; Bobby Hurley, Duke; Brian Cardinal, Purdue; Steve Alford, Indiana; Khalid El-Amin, U Conn; Chris Jackson, LSU; Dendre Ayton, University of Arizona; Grayson Allen, Duke; Robert Duncan, Chico State; Nate Ambrosini, Chico State; Jordan Ogundiran, Cal Poly Pomona; Adam Klie, UCSD.
Favorite college basketball coaches then and now: Bob Williams, UC Santa Barbara; Gene Keady, Purdue; Bobby Knight, Indiana; Nolan Richardson, University of Arkansas; John Chaney, Temple; Ben Braun, Cal; Jim Valvano, North Carolina State; and Greg Clink, Chico State; Paul Kamansky, Cal Poly Pomona; and Paul Trevor, Stanislaus State.
Favorite basketball books: A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein; A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton by John McPhee; and Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam; Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander; Life on a Cocktail Napkin by Rick Majerus.
Favorite college basketball announcer: Bill Walton and Steve Lavin.
Favorite basketball song: Kurtis Blow, “We’re Playing Basketball.”
Favorite college basketball teams of all-time: 1997-1998 University of Utah Runnin’ Utes; 2015-2016 Chico State Wildcats.
Favorite college basketball games of all-time: Utah defeats Arizona in the 1998 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
Favorite basketball movies: Hoop Dreams and Hoosiers.
Favorite college basketball ritual: When the head coaches meet to shake hands before the game.
Favorite basketball memory: My father taking me to see the Harlem Globetrotters on my tenth birthday.
College basketball moment that makes you cry: I fall supine and weep every year during the One Shining Moment song that marks the end of the college basketball season.