Dan Wolken joined USA TODAY Sports as a national college football reporter in September 2012. In that role, he has covered the transition from the BCS to the College Football Playoff, NCAA realignment and reorganization and controversies involving high-profile players and coaches. Prior to joining USA TODAY Sports, Wolken was the national sports columnist for The Daily, the first national publication native to the iPad. In that role, his columns also appeared on FoxSports.com. Prior to that, he was a college basketball reporter and sports columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, where he covered the University of Memphis' rise to the Final Four and subsequent NCAA scandal. Wolken began his career at the Colorado Springs Gazette, where he covered college hockey, the Denver pro sports scene and Air Force Academy athletics. Wolken's work has been honored several times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Wolken is a 2001 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he earned a bachelors in communication studies. He was also editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Hustler, and completed internships at the Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Times-Picayune and Riverside Press-Enterprise. A native of Hot Springs, Ark., Wolken now lives in Atlanta.