The members of SI's college football crew follow divergent paths during the off-season. Senior writer Austin Murphy, who chronicled Florida's ascent to the national championship in last week's issue, will complete his fourth book, Saturday Rules, a celebration of the college game, and then, in July, travel to France, where Murphy, an SI writer since 1984, will cover his sixth Tour de France for the magazine.
In addition to writing THE HOT BUTTON, his weekly column on SI.com, senior writer Phil Taylor will head to spring training, giving the baseball staff an additional ace. SI.com's Stewart Mandel, meanwhile, hits the hardwood, analyzing college basketball through the madness of March and beyond.
Senior editor Mark Godich, above right, who has coordinated the magazine's college football coverage for the past two seasons following nine years on the NFL beat, will supervise horse racing stories—from the Triple Crown prep races this spring through the Breeders' Cup next October. "There's nothing better than being in a college town on a fall Saturday," says Godich. "But being in Louisville on the first Saturday in May runs a close second."