Matt Baker, Colleges Reporter

Matt Baker

Colleges Reporter

I love college football more than everything but my son, my wife and my dog, so I have the perfect job covering the sport for the Tampa Bay Times. Even though I grew up in a basketball state (Indiana) and graduated from a non-football power (Northwestern University), I’m fascinated by the game, the traditions and the pageantry. I joined the Times in July 2011 after stops at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and Tulsa (Okla.) World. Since then, I’ve covered almost everything — high schools, the Bucs, the Rays, the Lightning and auto racing — before becoming a full-time college sports reporter before the 2015. When I’m not working, I’m usually on a run, chasing a toddler around and waiting for kickoff.

Matt Bakers takeaways from Rays-As

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames looks down at the ball after he was unable to get the throw off after fielding an infield single by Oakland Athletics Ramon Laureano (22) scoring Khris Davis (2) during the fourth inning at Tropicana Field. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Willy Adames couldnt capitalize on a fielding opportunity that led to an early Rays deficit.

Rays fall out of first with 6-2 loss to Oakland As

Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano connects to hit a grand slam home run putting the A's up 6-2 beating Rays pitcher Colin Poche during the eighth inning at Tropicana Field. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Colin Poche gives up an eighth-inning grand slam to doom Tampa Bay.

Rays vs. As lineups, with Yonny Chirinos looking for another strong start

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos will be starting today's 12:10 home game against Oakland. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
Chirinos threw eight scoreless innings in his last appearance.

Felony case dropped against ex-Florida Gators staffer Otis Yelverton

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesFans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.
UFs ex-assistant director of player personnel had faced a complaint of aggravated stalking.

Danny Wuerffel: Dan Mullen will get Florida Gators back in the hunt

Florida Gators legend Danny Wuerffel is high on his former team. (Times 1997)
The 1996 Heisman Trophy winner also thinks Feleipe Franks can be an upper-echelon quarterback.