Joel is an author and reporter from Portland, Oregon. Joel has covered college football as a freelance writer for The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, The San Jose Mercury News, and others. His first book, "Boise State of Mind," chronicling the unprecedented rise of the Boise State football program, was released in 2018. Joel has been a lifelong Oregon Ducks fan and still sees Ezekiel Elliott running through the Ducks' defense in his nightmares. He's a husband, a father of three, an aspiring Ironman, and a hopeless Portland Trail Blazers sufferer.