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Pat Forde is a sports journalist who is a national columnist for Sports Illustrated. He previously worked for ESPN, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, and Yahoo Sports.

Personal life and educationEdit

Forde is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He currently lives in Louisville with his wife Tricia and their three children.[1] He played high school football for Gary Barnett during his sophomore and junior years (1980–81) at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs.[2][3] He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.


The Courier-JournalEdit

Forde began his career in 1987 working as a journalist for The Courier-Journal, where his writing won numerous awards.[4] He initially worked there as a beat reporter and then spent 12 years writing a column.


In 2004, Forde left The Courier-Journal to join ESPN full-time after freelancing for their website for about seven years.[1] During the NCAA football season, Forde wrote a column called "Forde Yard Dash", and during the NCAA basketball season, he wrote a column called "Forde Minutes". He also appeared on ESPN radio and television.

Yahoo! SportsEdit

In mid-October 2011, it was reported that Forde would be leaving ESPN after the expiration of his contract on November 1, 2011 to pursue a career with Yahoo Sports. After starting at Yahoo Sports on November 1, Forde resumed his weekly "Forde Yard Dash" and later resumed his "Forde Minutes" column as well.

Sports IllustratedEdit

On October 29, 2019, it was announced that Forde had joined Sports Illustrated as its new senior college sports writer. He continues to write both "Forde-Yard Dash" and "Forde Minutes" for SI.[5]

Book on Rick PitinoEdit

In 2008, Forde served as the co-author for University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0.[6]


  1. ^ a b "FWAA > Awards > Best Writing Contest".
  2. ^ "Forde: Extreme Makeover". 2004-09-02.
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  4. ^ Pat Forde biography at Harper Collins Publishers.
  5. ^ "Pat Forde Joining Sports Illustrated to Cover College Sports". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  6. ^ Rick Pitino (with Pat Forde), Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0 This book is often used by his detractors as proof that he is biased against the University of Kentucky and John Calipari, with whom Rick Pitino has had a long-running, public feud. (New York: Harper Collins, 2008).

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