College sports writer Stewart Mandel joins FOX Sports

Stewart Mandel, one of the nation’s leading college sports writers, joins as a senior columnist covering college football and college basketball.

He will make his debut on in July.

Mandel has spent the previous 15 years at Sports Illustrated, most recently as a senior writer, where he wrote for the magazine and

Mandel has covered 15 BCS national championship games and eight Final Fours and published one book — Bowls, Polls and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy That Reign Over College Football. He’s also won multiple awards in the Football Writers Association of America’s annual contest, including first place for enterprise in 2008.

Before his stint at Sports Illustrated, Mandel worked at ESPN the Magazine, ABC Sports Online and The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’s a Northwestern grad with a degree in journalism.