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Sportswriter Frank Deford speaking at KU on Friday

February 5, 2013


Sportswriter Frank Deford will receive the 2013 William Allen White Foundation National Citation.

Sportswriter Frank Deford will receive the 2013 William Allen White Foundation National Citation.

Sportswriter, author and commentator Frank Deford will speak at Kansas University on Friday as he receives the 2013 William Allen White Foundation National Citation.

Deford will be awarded the honor, given each year by trustees of the William Allen White Foundation, at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union. He will also speak during the event, which will be free and open to the public.

Deford has written for Sports Illustrated, for which he is now senior contributing writer, since 1962. He has written 18 books, fiction and nonfiction, the latest of which is a memoir released last year, "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter." He also provides commentary on NPR's "Morning Edition" each Wednesday and serves as senior correspondent on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

This story has been corrected to reflect that Deford's book "Over Time" was released last year.


riverdrifter 5 years, 2 months ago

I think Frank is an excellent sportwriter. It's just that he's such a Bosox dweeb! He's part of the problem of the east coast media which thinks that baseball west of Boston/New York is an afterthought.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 2 months ago

At least he admits it. I listened to him a few weeks back on NPR where he called out sportscasters who tried to remain neutral. He admitted the reason so many went into sports reporting was because they loved sports. Pretending you don't have favorite teams was disingenuous, he said.

Put a mike in front of me and my KU, Chiefs, Royals, bias will come through, loud and clear.

machinegun 5 years, 2 months ago

Deford had a long running feud with Wilt Chamberlain. Maybe he can take a few minutes and explain why he and the Big Dipper could not get along.

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 months ago

Glad Deford coming to the hinterlands, surprising he does not think he needs a passport to venture West of the Mississippi. Typical East Coast writer, ignoring anything out here in the Sticks! Read one of his basketball stories from a week or so ago, blabbering about Syracuse, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and of course Dukies, Indiana but no mention of KU. I lived in his world (Baltimore) for several years, never a mention of sports from our world (Big 12) unless a championship of some sort.

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