"This is the golden age of narrative sports journalism. Despite the raucous competition for stories and the demands of readers clamoring for more, there’s no limit to the fantastic sports stories waiting to be discovered, reported and shared."
-- reporter Don Van Natta, in a January interview with USA Today's Big Lead Sports blog. Van Natta has led ESPN's headline-grabbing coverage of fired Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. He joined ESPN in January 2012 after 16 years as an investigative correspondent at The New York Times, where he was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. Rice's reporting comes as USAT's Sports Media Group elbows its way forward in sports news coverage.
Related: USAT's coverage of the Rice-Rutgers story.