Jeff Benedict
Jeff Benedict is considered one of America’s top nonfiction writers. He is a special features contributor for Sports Illustrated, a columnist for SI.com and the author of 10 critically acclaimed books including "Poisoned," "Little Pink House," "The Mormon Way of Doing Business," "Without Reservation" and "Pros and Cons." He has written and produced television documentaries, and his reporting has been the basis of feature segments on "60 Minutes," ABC’s "20/20," NBC’s "Dateline," HBO’s "Real Sports" and the Discovery Channel. His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. He has a blog, www.jeffbenedict.com and is a Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Virginia University.
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Today, Duke University freshman Jabari Parker announced his decision to enter the 2014 NBA draft. His first-person essay on SI.com marks the first time a student-athlete has declared his intention to leave coll...
In December 2012 Jabari Parker announced on national television that he’d be attending Duke. It helped that Duke is a perennial national title contender, but there's much more to Jabari Parker's decision ...
I know countless Christians. But until three years ago, I had never met one who had been persecuted — beaten and threatened with death — for believing in Jesus Christ.
Spencer Hadley made a mistake, but his story is about a remarkable young man that is experiencing what we so often talk about: accountability, forgiveness and redemption.
Jeff Benedict shares unique insight into the life and career of BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall.
My wife has no use for football. She doesn’t watch games and has no interest in meeting players. But she wanted to meet Kyle Van Noy after reading an advance copy of "The System." His story was the only o...
After helping lift the BYU Cougars to victory at the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl, Kyle Van Noy seemed certain to forgo his senior year at BYU and enter the NFL draft. But something happened on the road to NFL riches t...
Jeff Benedict met Kyle Van Noy for the first time in March 2012. He had flown to Provo with hopes Van Noy would allow him the chance to shadow him for a book he was working on. Here is the story of that encount...
Growing up I was never much of a BYU fan. In fact, I always rooted against them, except during 1982 and 1983. Those were the two years when Steve Young quarterbacked BYU’s football team.
On January 10–11, 2009, Te’o and Van Noy both made their official visits to BYU. Every detail had been considered to persuade Te’o to join Van Noy by committing to BYU. But things didn’t...