Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

The day it hit me

The first time I truly understood I went to a Power-5, Big Ten school, jam-packed with 50,000-plus students came on Sept. 12, 2015. A Top 10 game pitting the Michigan State and Oregon at Spartan Stadium. College GameDay was in town — I stood up all night for it, by the time 9:30 a.m. rolled around, I was starting to fall asleep standing — and the tailgating reached its peak by the time I was walking to the stadium. And for the first time in my life, I realized how beautiful college football is. Being a beat reporter covering Michigan State was awesome. I didn’t care about the results, but covering college football was a dream come true.

So when SJI had Heather Dinich of ESPN spoke to us, I was loaded with questions. Hearing the logistics behind the week-to-week product of the College Football Playoff was especially interesting. It sounded like my weekly schedule when I was on the football beat my junior year, covering the weekly press conference and football player availability. Of course, it was just on a larger scale by tens of thousands, but that’s beside the point.

The offseason aspect was extremely interesting. She mentioned how early she started to get busy in the year sometime in July, which lasted until February. The ins and outs of college football’s beautiful — much like the game itself.

-Souichi Terada