ABOUT THE GURU
After retiring from sportswriting in 2003, Samuel
Chi decided to kick back with the family in Florida – enjoying the
sunshine, working on the golf game, watching football on TV, and oh yeah,
running a bed & breakfast.
Life was good.
But all that changed in the fall of 2006. After one
too many e-mails from
a college pal about the state of crisis in college
football, Sam dusted off his keyboard and textbooks on statistics and
voila, re-entered public life as the BCS Guru.
award-winning sports journalist,
Sam wrote for the
Contra Costa Times, and
Star-News. During his career in the news business, Sam covered a
variety of events ranging from the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, Final Four and
the Masters to the Tour de France, soccer World Cup and the changeover of
Hong Kong from Britain to China.
Sam reentered the news business in 2008, joining
RealClearPolitics as a
senior editor and now oversees
RealClearSports. In 2009, he co-founded
Sports Media Exchange,
an organization that connects freelance sportswriters with online and
Just to provide some assurance of neutrality, Sam graduated with a degree in journalism from
Fullerton, a school that discontinued its football program in 1992 but
is a four-time national champion in baseball. Sam went to graduate
school at UCLA; but despite his two years in Westwood, he feels no
allegiance to the Bruins whatsoever.
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THE GURU RETURNS
On Dec. 2, 2006, after Florida
wrapped up a 38-28 victory over Arkansas in the SEC championship game,
the nation waited anxiously to see if the Gators’ win would’ve been
enough to catapult them into the BCS championship game against Ohio
State. For many, it was a sleepless night.
Only if they’d checked with
the BCS Guru first.
As the clock
in the Georgia Dome,
the BCS Guru was the first to project,
the Gators indeed would nudge out Michigan for a spot
in the national championship game. The readers of BCSGuru.com an attest to the accuracy of the Guru’s reports
every week since the site was launched on Oct. 13, 2006.
The Guru did one better
in 2007, not only correctly picking the LSU-Ohio State matchup in the
BCS title game,
he was 5-for-5 on the five BCS bowl lineup, all posted
minutes after both No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia were upset
on Dec. 1, 2007.
Since the birth of the
BCS Guru website in October 2006, the Guru has made a number of
media appearances, both in print and
on the radio. He has been featured, among others,
in the Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Advertiser, ESPN
Radio, KNX (1070-AM,
Los Angeles), KSPN (710-AM, Los Angeles), WAMT (1190-AM, Orlando) and