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Skip Bayless is a television personality and sports journalist who works for ESPN. Bayless is well known for his daily debates with Stephen A. Smith on First Take, ESPN2’s morning sports show.

Bayless attended Vanderbilt University on the university’s prestigious Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Sportswriting Scholarship. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Bayless worked for the Miami Herald, where he wrote a number of popular sports feature articles. Bayless was soon hired away by the Los Angeles Times, where he received recognition for his investigative story on the Dodgers’ clubhouse resentment of Steve Garvey; he also received praise for his story on Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom’s decision to start different quarterbacks each week. In addition to penning these popular sports pieces while with the Los Angeles Times, Bayless also received the Eclipse award for his coverage of Seattle Slew’s Triple Crown. Later in his career, Bayless worked for the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald, and he was voted Texas sportswriter of the year three times. In 1996, Bayless left Texas for the Chicago Tribune, where he won the Lisagor Award for excellence in sports column writing; he was also voted Illinois sportswriter of the year. Bayless eventually broke into the area of sports television, appearing regularly on The Jim Rome Show, The Sports Reporters, NFL Prime Monday, and the Golf Channel. In 2004, Bayless was hired full-time to work as a writer for ESPN.com and a sports commentator on the show Cold Pizza. Three years later, Bayless began appearing on the famous daily talk show First Take, which plays two back-to-back two-hour shows on ESPN2 Monday through Friday.

In 2006, Sports Speaker Bayless appeared in a cameo role in the movie Rocky Balboa. He has also appeared in the ESPN 30 for 30 film Pony Excess and the ESPNU documentary Herschel. Bayless has written three bestselling books on the Dallas Cowboys: God’s Coach, The Boys, and Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the “Win or Else” Dallas Cowboys.