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The Inside Texas Editorial Team
Clendon Ross, Co-Publisher
Clendon got his start covering Longhorn athletics over a decade ago as publisher of Horns Hoop Report, the only publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on Tom Penders’ Runnin’ Horns. In 1996, Horns Hoop Report was incorporated into Inside Texas and after working for Inside Texas for just over a year, Clendon and fellow writer Michael Pearle purchased the publication in December, 1997. Clendon has directed the transition of Inside Texas from a newsletter/fax service to the multimedia, 24/7 news source that it is today. A born-and-raised Austinite, Clendon is a 1989 graduate of The University of Texas and lives in downtown Austin.
Michael Pearle, Co-Publisher
Michael has written for Inside Texas since 1995, and continues as a regular contributor. His writing about the Longhorns has also appeared in Horns Illustrated, and he has published in Historic Traveler magazine. Pearle grew up in Dallas and spent many childhood days in the Cotton Bowl watching the Horns and Dallas Cowboys. He graduated from UT with his bachelor’s degree in 1983 and his law degree in 1988. Pearle and his wife Mari live with their son, Michael Jr., and daughter Nicole, near Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.
Eric Nahlin, Inside Texas Recruiting Editor
About the same time Ricky Williams moved from Southern California to Texas, so did Eric. He immediately became a fan of the University of Texas in part because of Williams but also because of the numerous life long fans of UT he became friends with. Eric became a life long fan of UT, he just started off fifteen years later than most. Though he initially set out to write about recruiting as a hobby, he soon became passionately engulfed in offering his opinions and insights into the recruiting process.
Justin Wells, Inside Texas Web Editor
Justin was born a sports fan. From the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers, he fell in love with sports at a young age. Justin lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and cross country in high school. He continued his playing career in basketball at LeTourneau University (98-01). Before becoming the Inside Texas Web Editor in August of 2013, Justin was a high school coach, helped UH and Baylor with scouting and summer football camps, worked in the oilfield, and was the editor at HornSports and writer at the East Texas Sports Network. Raised in a family of Aggies, Justin broke away from the regime when he was 12, attended his first Texas football game in 1995 and has been hooked ever since.
Ian Boyd, Xs and Os
Ian moved to Austin as a 9-year old, chose the Longhorns over the Aggies thanks to Ricky Williams and never looked back or thought twice about it. After graduating from The University in ’09 with a History degree, he’s been writing about the strategies and trends of Longhorn football and the game in general.
Bill Frisbie, Lead Writer
Bill is the senior writer for InsideTexas.com and Inside Texas magazine. A 1984 Bachelor of Journalism graduate of The University of Texas, Frisbie was a senior sports writer for The DailyTexan student newspaper while in college. He was editor of The Longhorn Letter, a former publication of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association and a contributor to The Alcalde alumni magazine. He also served as the City Editor for newspapers in Round Rock and New Braunfels. Frisbie has been with Inside Texas since August, 2002. He has two daughters, Chandler and Darby.
Tim Preston, Inside Texas Basketball Editor
Tim is a teacher and coach in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The son of a coach, Tim grew up in Austin and San Antonio before moving to Iowa during high school. An All-Mid Iowa basketball and All State tennis player in high school, Tim is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he was a two-time All Conference performer in tennis. Tim and his wife, Amity, have one child, Owen.
Mike Blackwell, Inside Texas Editor
Mike, a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas (he was on the 25-year plan, the first part spent at UT from 1980-84), is editor of the Inside Texas magazine and contributes weekly commentary at InsideTexas.com. In addition to his work for Inside Texas, Blackwell works for ESPN Radio and Sporting News Radio as an Austin correspondent, providing game updates and interviews for those networks. Blackwell lives near Austin.
Will Gallagher, Inside Texas Photographer/Magazine Designer
Will is a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas and has been shooting for Inside Texas since 2003. He also handles design and layout for Inside Texas Magazine. His photography has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com and Yahoo.com. Will is a life-long resident of Austin and now lives near Lake Travis with his wife Yasuko and son Shigeru.
Joe Cook, Writer
Joe became interested in sports at a young age, specifically the Longhorns and the Astros. He grew up spending Saturdays in the fall traveling from his hometown of Houston to Austin in order to watch the Horns. He studied journalism and minored in government at the University of Texas, graduating in 2016. Joe also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, the same paper that his cousin, Dan Cook, worked at for decades. Joe joined Inside Texas in 2013 during his freshman year to cover Longhorn baseball. Joe lives in Austin, but still holds Houston near to his heart.
Pat Culpepper, Special Contributor
Pat played for The University from 1960-62 and graduated from UT with a B.A. degree with honors in history. He coached college football for 12 years as an assistant at Texas, Colorado, Tulane, Baylor and Memphis State and was head coach at Northern Illinois from 1976-79. He also spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas at Midland, Lufkin, Galveston Ball, Westfield and his hometown of Cleburne. He was selected to the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1991. His commentary appears regularly in the Inside Texas magazine and at InsideTexas.com.
Mike Venable, Football Coaches Corner Moderator
Mike spent 30 years as the DC and LB coach at five Texas high schools (Lancaster, Duncanville, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Carrollton Turner, and The Colony) before retiring in 2000. Four of his former players played at UT (Mike Williams, Steve Massey, Jimmy Johnson, and Doug Livingston) and around twenty are currently coaching in Texas high schools. His Report Card appears on InsideTexas.com after every Longhorn football game and he answers questions in the Coaches Corner forum, a place to ask questions and talk about Xs and Os, schemes, gameplans, offensive and defensive theories, etc.
Jeff Conner, Special Contributor
Jeff is an attorney with a solo civil practice in Lubbock, Texas who graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1986. When he is not philosophizing about collegiate athletics and mocking his social betters in the Inside Texas column “Conner’s Burnt Orange Glasses” and “Hornication” cartoon, Jeff plays guitar and sings in a classic rock band, writes and records songs, coaches the Monterey High School Mock Trial team, and takes a leadership role at Lubbock Bible Church. The lucky son of a gun is married to a hot young thing named Valerie.