Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mike Jensen

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Mike Jensen writes "Off Campus," a regular column on college sports for The Inquirer. A staff writer with the paper since 1988, Jensen covered college basketball amd football for 15 years, wrote about soccer from 10 countries on five continents, and was assigned to the Kentucky Derby the year of Smarty Jones. He won Eclipse Awards for his coverage of Smarty Jones and Barbaro.

More recently, he's written longer stories on Eagles decision-makers, a former Eagles lineman who was arrested for stealing prescription painkillers, Charlie Manuel's first managerial job and a Philly high school basketball star who has spent his entire adult life in Sweden.

His easiest assignment: Covering John Chaney for ten years. That was stealing money.

There wasn't time to focus on all that propelled Saledeem Major to the end zone - the prep school that closed down in the middle of the year, the Division II program that kind of felt apart on him after the coach was fired, the path back to his hometown team, even if he's paying for the privilege of playing football for Temple.
There's a side benefit to being a Rhodes Scholar that has Penn senior Jenna Hebert excited - she gets to keep rowing.

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