Joe Schad Biography
Joe Schad (born c. 1974) is a reporter, writer, analyst and broadcaster focused on college football and the NFL for the past 19 years. In July 2016, Schad announced he would begin covering the Miami Dolphins and the NFL at the Palm Beach Post.
Schad joined ESPN in 2005 as a sports reporter, working as ESPN’s National College Football Reporter and appearing on shows including College Football Live, SportsCenter, College GameDay, ESPN First Take, and ESPNEWS. Schad provided college football news and notes for SportsCenter. In addition, Schad wrote news stories and blogged for ESPN.com.
Schad hosted a college football show for ESPN Radio and has done college football and NFL sideline reporting for ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio. Between 2010-2015, Schad broadcast more than 145 games for ESPN Radio, including the Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, BCS National Championship Game and College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship Game.
Schad is known for his breaking news, including underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft as well as reporting numerous coaches who have been hired or fired, players who have transferred and coaching contract extensions. Schad reported feature stories and sit down conversations for shows like College GameDay, SportsCenter and Outside The Lines.
Some of Schad’s more notable interview subjects are Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier, Jake Locker, Sam Bradford, Bobby Petrino, Tyrann Mathieu, and Kenneth Starr. Schad has reported on several NCAA investigations including ones into Reggie Bush, Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel, Marvin Austin, Rhett Bomar, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Oregon, and Baylor.
Joe Schad Age
Schad was born in 1974.
Joe Schad Education
Schad grew up in Glendale, New York and graduated in 1992 from St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, Queens and in 1997 from St. John’s University in New York earning a degree in Journalism. While a student at St. John’s, Schad was the Editor In Chief and Sports Editor of St. John’s student-managed newspaper, The Torch.
He was also the Sports Director of WSJU, St. John’s official radio station. Schad was recognized with several journalism awards during his collegiate career from the APSE and FSWA.
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Former ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad going to Palm Beach Post
Earlier this year it was revealed that college football insider Joe Schad would not be returning to ESPN. The news was something of a surprise given that Schad was a multi-platform contributor to ESPN’s college football coverage as a reporter/insider as well as a sideline reporter for ESPN Radio.
At the time, the conventional wisdom was that Schad should be able to find a job at a national outlet breaking college football news somewhere. There aren’t that many reporters or insiders breaking big college football news outside the likes of Brett McMurphy and Bruce Feldman and all the networks (Fox, NBC, CBS) are increasing their commitment to the sport.
Schad’s most notable episode might be questions surrounding his role in the Craig James-Mike Leach fiasco, but overall one would think that there’d be a national outlet that would see the value in college football reporting given the popularity of the sport and so much news, speculation, and intrigue surrounding it.
Alas, that has not turned out to be the case. Schad is going local to cover the NFL. He recently announced on his Twitter page that he was moving to the Palm Beach Post to cover the Miami Dolphins.
It’s rare that you see a reporter move from a national outlet to a local one these days. Gregg Doyel leaving CBS Sports to go work for the Indianapolis Star is about the only other example I can recall. In the 2000s, the media has usually raced to try to get to as big and wide of a platform as possible and you see dozens of local personalities catch on and gain national followings.
Schad is the rare exception that will now go the other way and pick up the daily grind of one NFL team. It’ll be interesting to see how long Schad sticks with the Dolphins and Palm Beach Post and if he makes it back to the national stage someday.
Joe Schad Before ESPN
After graduating from St. John’s, Schad covered college and professional sports for Newsday and also worked as a researcher for ESPN The Magazine.
In 1999, Schad left New York and began working as a beat writer and general assignment reporter for the Orlando Sentinel/Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel where he covered the University of Florida. During his tenure at the Sentinel, he broke numerous football and men’s basketball stories including a gambling scandal, street brawl, transfers, drug suspensions, accusations of rape, players turning pro and coaching hires.
In 2003, Schad began his first stint covering the Miami Dolphins for the Palm Beach Post where he garnered national attention for his work on the Ricky Williams’ drug use, and an FBI investigation into hate mail sent to several prominent athletes.
Schad currently resides in Parkland, Florida.
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Joe Schad Leaves Espn
College football reporter Joe Schad will not return to ESPN
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, ESPN is parting ways with college football reporter Joe Schad.
Schad has worked for Bristol for over a decade, mostly serving as a news reporter and insider but also doing sideline reporting for ESPN Radio.
The SI report also mentions Robert Smith not being a part of ESPN’s college football coverage this fall, but Smith already announced that on his Twitter page earlier this year.
Schad was a major television presence for ESPN as a college football insider. Schad’s most notable episode at ESPN came when his name was mentioned in the Craig James-Mike Leach saga.
While insiderdom isn’t nearly as big of an industry in the college game as it is the professional one, it still leaves a bit of a hole on ESPN’s television coverage. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up to fill that spot, whether it be someone like Brett McMurphy getting more TV time or another one of the ESPN.com writers and reporters taking on a new role.
As for Schad, we all know that Fox Sports is the first and most logical destination for any ex-ESPN television talent. However, Fox already has Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel as recent additions on the writing/reporting side covering the sport. Do they have room for Schad or does their shift away from news and towards provocative opinion means there’s no interest in hiring any more new breakers?
Joe Schad Mock Draft
NFL Draft: Joe Schad 2019 Mock Draft 1.0
If the Dolphins stay at 13 in the upcoming NFL Draft, we figure there’s at least a 60 percent chance they draft a defensive lineman.
Miami will play this season without Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn, Andre Branch, and William Hayes, and they desperately need pass rushers, especially edge players.
This is why Montez Sweat (Mississippi State), Christian Wilkins (Clemson), Rashan Gary (Michigan), Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) and Ed Oliver (Houston) are all worth so much of our attention in the run-up to this draft.
In a dream scenario, two or more of these defensive linemen are available when the Dolphins are on the clock in Nashville on April 25.
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Miami is planning to follow a New England model. And under Bill Belichick, the first round is most often reserved for defensive linemen, the second round for cornerbacks and third round for offensive linemen.
And wouldn’t you know? Those happen to be the Dolphins’ three biggest needs.
So, as of today, we put the odds at around 60 percent Miami chooses a defensive lineman if they stand pat (trading out or down could be a very attractive proposition in all rounds this year), 20 percent on an offensive lineman (in this case, a right tackle), 15 percent on a quarterback who has fallen and 5 percent on other.
General manager Chris Grier wants to rebuild the foundation of Miami’s roster from the inside out, in the trenches, by adding strong tough guys who don’t make many headlines and don’t score touchdowns. And he also wants to add some future assets, wherever possible.
Hopefully, one day, opposing GM’s are saying on draft day, “It’s Grier, don’t pick up the phone!”
If Grier is firmly convinced Dwayne Haskins or Drew Lock is worth gambling his future on, we’re comfortable with him selecting a quarterback at that spot. But if he already knows the Dolphins much prefer Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jake Fromm of the 2020 class, please wait for your first-round quarterback.
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And by all means, choose a different one you like in Rounds 2-5. You should draft at least two over the next two years.
In general, this is not one of the great all-time drafts. Trading out or back for 2020 picks is a wise play for many teams, in particular, a franchise starting over like Dolphins.
The pressure is on Grier to hit big and hit big starting this April. It’s all on Grier. There’s nothing nebulous about it. These are his decisions. This roster will entirely reflect his values and judgments moving forward.
Here is my mock draft, version 1.0:
1. Arizona Cardinals — QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2. San Francisco 49ers — DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
3. New York Jets — DE Josh Allen, Kentucky
4. Oakland Raiders — DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Bucs — LB Devin White, LSU
6. New York Giants — QB Drew Lock, Missouri
7. Jacksonville Jaguars — OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
8. Detroit Lions — DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
9. Buffalo Bills — DL Ed Oliver, Houston
10. Denver Broncos — QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati Bengals — LB Devin Bush, Michigan
12. Green Bay Packers — WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
13. Miami Dolphins — DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
14. Atlanta Falcons — DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
15. Washington Redskins — DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
16. Carolina Panthers — OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
17. New York Giants — CB Byron Murphy, Washington
18. Minnesota Vikings — TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
19. Tennessee Titans — DE Brian Burns, Florida State
20. Pittsburgh Steelers — CB Greedy Williams, LSU
21. Seattle Seahawks — S Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State
22. Baltimore Ravens — C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
23. Houston Texans — OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
24. Oakland Raiders — RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
25. Philadelphia Eagles — CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
26. Indianapolis Colts — S Nasir Adderley, Delaware
27. Oakland Raiders — TE Noah Fant, Iowa
28. Los Angeles Chargers — OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
29. Kansas City Chiefs — CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
30. Green Bay Packers — TE Irv Smith, Jr., Alabama
31. Los Angeles Rams — DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
32. New England Patriots — WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
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