Ethan Lee

Suburban Texas Storyteller

United States

Ethan Lee is a Suburban Texas Storyteller bringing over 8 years of digital media experience, including work in local journalism as well as time spent covering college and professional sports. As a writer and editor, he specializes in college football, college baseball, and college softball, while also having valuable experience covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, and his hometown Houston teams.

Ethan has earned degrees from both Mississippi State University and Arkansas State University and is passionate about spotlighting underdog teams and unearthing compelling storylines. He’s worked in multiple fields, including literal ones full of cacti and ants, and Ethan has previously spent two years working in local news and covering the Nebraska Cornhuskers at KETV NewsWatch 7, Omaha’s News Leader.

Since 2018, Ethan has been a valuable member of the FanSided team, contributing to FanSided’s national coverage as well as to sites like Maroon and White Nation and KC Kingdom.

When he’s not writing, you’ll often find Ethan spending time with his family, kayaking, road tripping, or exploring the outdoors. His heart is in serving those around him and Ethan loves helping foster a sense of community with his work. Ethan provides enthusiastic coverage of under-appreciated and overlooked teams so all fans, no matter their allegiance, can feel connected.



Former Clemson coach Jack Leggett's legacy lives on at 2019 College World Series

The College World Series Finals begin on Monday night and there will be a Clemson flavor as Michigan and Vanderbilt play for the national title, thanks to former coach Jack Leggett. At the beginning of the 2002 college baseball season, it's unlikely Jack Leggett knew exactly what kind of legacy he'd leave on the landscape of college baseball once he retired.

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Mississippi State football vs. Memphis: How to visit Starkville for my mother-in-law

This weekend, my mother-in-law is making her first trip to Starkville, Mississippi's college town. She, like many others, will be traveling down from Memphis to watch Mike Leach and the Mississippi State football team host the Memphis Tigers. That's great! She's never been to Starkville and it's a truly wonderful, small town.

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Mississippi State football vs. Memphis preview: Everything you need for Bulldogs vs. Tigers

Mike Leach and his Mississippi State Bulldogs are getting set to get the 2022 Mississippi State football season underway. The Bulldogs will be facing off against the Memphis Tigers Saturday evening. For those who don't remember (or are trying desperately to forget) Memphis was able to come out on top of last season's meeting between the Bulldogs and the Tigers.

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'The best fans in College Baseball': Tanner Allen thanks Mississippi State fans for making his...

Tanner Allen has accomplished quite a bit throughout the entirety of his career up to this point. He's helped guide the Bulldogs to three College World Series appearances and was named the SEC Player of the Year this season. The Theodore, Alabama native is proving himself to be one of the best players in Mississippi State's lengthy and proud baseball history.

Huskers respond to Big Ten's decision to postpone fall sports

Following the Big Ten's decision to postpone all fall sports, leaders at the University of Nebraska spoke out.Scott Frost, head coach of the Huskers; Ronnie Green, chancellor of University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ted Carter, University of Nebraska president; and Bill Moos, Nebraska's athletic director, expressed their disappointment in the decision made

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'Truly a first-class experience': Campbell Camels thank Starkville following 2021 Starkville...

Mississippi State baseball. Photo: Austin Perryman/Mississippi State Athletics It appears as if the Campbell Fighting Camels ended up enjoying their trip to Starkville, even if they weren't able to come out on top of the 2021 Starkville Regional. Monday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs eliminated Campbell from the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament, but it seems as...

In this economy, Jim Harbaugh's buyout may keep him off the firing line at Michigan

Michigan football fans may want to fire him but Jim Harbaugh buyout information and salary details may keep him in Ann Arbor for another year. The Michigan Wolverines certainly shouldn't be happy with how their season has started, and there's no way that Michigan football fans are happy with the way things are going through the first few weeks of the season.

Alabama's Montana Fouts throws perfect game in Women's College World Series

Montana Fouts' perfect game helped carry the Alabama Crimson Tide past UCLA Bruins in the Women's College World Series. It's been more than two decades since anyone has thrown a perfect game in the Women's College World Series, but that's exactly what happened as Montana Fouts kept the UCLA Bruins quiet Friday evening.

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Mississippi State professor draws international attention for teaching in The Hump

A Mississippi State University professor's new teaching set up has gotten quite a bit of attention on Twitter. Jim Giesen aka James C. Giesen aka @BollWeevils has taken to teaching in The Hump (aka Humphrey Coliseum) due to the pandemic. The Hump is a pretty solid spot to teach if you need to spread your students out for larger classes.

Dak Prescott and the 10 most underrated college football quarterbacks of all time

There have been plenty of great, legendary athletes whose performances will live on in the hearts of overly passionate college football fans for a very, very long time. Many of these athletes have gotten the praise they deserved, while many accomplished quite a bit and haven't received enough recognition for what they were able to do for their team.

Texas WR Jake Smith enters transfer portal after injury-plagued Longhorns career

It looks like the Texas Longhorns could be losing Jake Smith as the wide receiver has reportedly entered into the transfer portal. As Steve Sarkisian works to get the Texas Longhorns football program going in the right direction once again, there's a good chance he'll have to do it without a talented receiver.

Guide to Omaha: How fans can enjoy their College World Series experience

Welcome to Omaha, college baseball fans! For those visiting for the 2019 College World Series, you're clearly here with the intent to spend the majority of your time here in TD Ameritrade Park to witness the culmination of the 2019 NCAA baseball tournament. And you know, that's totally fine.

Storm Chasers to have 'Omaha Potholes Night' on April 24

The Omaha Storm Chasers have embraced a strong response to an April Fools' Day prank. An exciting night at Werner Park has been planned, as the Storm Chasers have announced "Omaha Potholes Night" for Wednesday, April 24.The Storm Chasers will auction off baseball-related items during the game to raise money through Chasers Charities to help restore little league fields damaged by floods in the Omaha Metro community.

Ed Servais: Mississippi State seems to be on a mission

Creighton's season ended against Michigan in the Corvallis Regional, but that doesn't mean that Ed Servais has stopped paying attention to the 2019 NCAA baseball tournament. The head coach of the Bluejays believes that the Mississippi State Bulldogs are on a mission and might just be the team to beat in 2019.

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How to visit Omaha for the College World Series: Where to eat?

With the College World Series set to start, NCAA baseball fans from all over the country will be headed to Omaha, Nebraska, to watch the country's eight best teams play each other with the goal of winning a championship. While it's often overlooked, Omaha is a city that deserves more credit for everything it has to offer.

Mississippi State football: Modern-era Mount Rushmore

All things considered, Mississippi State football has a meager amount of success when compared to other programs in the Southeastern Conference. But, that relative lack of success doesn't mean that there haven't been bright spots for the program, and there's certainly plenty of stars who have come out of Starkville, Mississippi.

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Former Mississippi State coach Gary Henderson chosen to lead Utah Utes

The man who led an improbable run to Omaha and the College World Series will now have the chance to be a head coach once again. Gary Henderson , who was most recently serving as an Associate Head Coach for the Utah baseball team, has been promoted and will now be the head coach in Salt Lake City.

Heisman Trophy 2019: The winning case for LSU record-setting quarterback Joe Burrow

The LSU Tigers have been the story of the 2019 college football season and Joe Burrow has been the focal point of LSU's thrilling year. Without Burrow's exciting, explosive, and efficient play, the Tigers aren't contending for a national championship. Given just how good Burrow has been, he's almost certainly set to win this season's Heisman Trophy.

30 biggest college football scandals of all time

College football is a great sport that provides entertainment for millions, potential paths to education and careers for student-athletes, and the framework for community development across the country. College football is a sport that is rich in history and tradition. And, well, college football is also historically a sport that attracts and sometimes creates controversy and scandals.

2019 college baseball preseason Top 25: Takeaways die-hard fans need to know

College baseball is almost back! We are officially just a few weeks away from the first pitch of the upcoming 2019 college baseball season. That means that it's time for publications such as D1baseball to start rankings teams prior to the season beginning. Luckily enough for us, that's exactly what D1Baseball did.

Dana Holgorsen follows the money back home to Houston

It wasn't that long ago that the University of Houston was beating the likes of Oklahoma (by 10 points) and Florida State in the Peach Bowl (by 14 points). Tom Herman had Houston at the top of the AAC and everyone nationally was paying attention to what the Cougars were doing.

5 reasons Kyler Murray should win the Heisman Trophy

The Heisman will be awarded on Saturday night and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray should be the winner over Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins. The folks focused on gambling tend to agree with that assessment too. Murray is the betting favorite to win the 2018 Heisman according to OddsShark.

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Mississippi State basketball lunchtime links: Bulldogs need win vs. Florida Gators

Look, the season isn't over for the men's Mississippi State basketball team by a long shot. The sky isn't falling. Things aren't all said and done just yet, but, well, they aren't good at the moment. If Ben Howland's Bulldogs aren't able to defeat the Florida Gators tonight, then things are going to get very tense around the men's basketball program.

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Nick Fitzgerald is Already Dan Mullen's Second Best Quarterback at Mississippi State

It's not hard to figure out who the best quarterback Dan Mullen has had here in Starkville actually is. He was a once in a lifetime sort of player, and his name is Dak Prescott. He scribbled his name all over Mississippi State's record books and is arguably one of the most underrated players in SEC history.

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John Cohen Presented Kabocca While Speaking at Choctaw Tribal Schools System Convocation

Yesterday, when John Cohen spoke at the Choctaw Tribal Schools System convocation, he was presented with his own handcrafted kabocca. "Hey Ethan, what on earth is a kabocca?" Oh, hey, good question there. Well, kabocca, or stickball sticks, are a key part of one of the oldest (if not the oldest) and most revered sports to be played in Mississippi.

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Mississippi State Softball Weekend Recap: MSU Goes 4-0 with Ease

The softball season has started and Vann Stuedeman certainly had her team ready. In a rainy weekend that forced some scheduling changes, Mississippi State hosted Mississippi Valley State, Omaha, and Missouri State. In facing those opponents, the Bulldogs came away with a perfect 4-0 start.

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Kentucky's 5-1 Start is a bit Misleading

The Kentucky Wildcats are 5-1 on the year. They're a team that, for some MSU fans, is one that is worthy of being worried about. Earlier today, I wrote an article about Mississippi State being favored over the Wildcats by 10 points. That led to the following facebook comments: Sure, Mississippi State looked sloppy last week.

Toddler thrills crowd at halftime of high school basketball game

A toddler captivated the crowd of a high school basketball game Tuesday.Mount Michael, an all boys school in Elkhorn, Nebraska, doesn't have a dance team. Typically the school reaches out to local high schools to perform at halftime.However, on Tuesday, the school didn't have any halftime entertainment.That's when Jett, the son of Mount Michael's head basketball coach Derrick Spooner, got his opportunity to shine.


Therapy dog's school photo to be featured in yearbook

Summitt isn't a student at Thomas Jefferson High School, but she's made her way into the school's yearbook.Summitt, named after legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, is a therapy dog who spends her days at the Council Bluffs high school, helping and hanging out with students.

Old explosive device discovered in antique coffee jar

On Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad was called after an old explosive was discovered in an antique coffee jar, officials said. According to authorities, a citizen discovered the jar in a box purchased during an auction.Authorities said that when the suspicious device was found, the citizen notified the North Platte Police Department.

106 cats from Nebraska Humane Society to be flown to Pacific Northwest

The Nebraska Humane Society is sending 106 cats to the Pacific Northwest on Friday. According to the Humane Society, the area is in need of adoptable cats. Flying the cats to the Pacific Northwest will help make space for cats that the Humane Society is temporarily housing for flood victims and ensure space for new cats as the shelter begins major renovations in and Wings of Rescue are making the trip possible.

Iowa DNR reports presence of zebra mussels at Lake Manawa

The presence of zebra mussels in Lake Manawa has been confirmed, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.The DNR said a homeowner reported finding zebra mussels on his shoreline and an investigation by DNR staff revealed a low number of the mussels around the lake."The zebra mussels in Lake Manawa probably arrived on or in a boat that had picked up the mussels from an infested water body, like the nearby Missouri River," said Kim Bogenschutz, DNR Aquatic...

EPA partnered with NDEQ, FEMA to recover potentially hazardous containers

Following flooding in March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to recover containers with potentially hazardous materials.Operations began March 27, and the EPA has recovered over 2,200 containers, including drums, tanks and canisters, that were dislodged by floods.Containers and their contents were disposed or recycled as appropriate.

Omaha zoo welcomes bull elephant to join breeding herd

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is welcoming a new elephant into its breeding herd.Callee, an 18-year-old bull African Elephant, is moving from the Birmingham Zoo on a recommendation of the African Elephant Species Survival Plan.In an effort to help sustain the endangered species' population in zoos, Callee will have

Omaha zoo welcomes newborn sea lion pups

Visitors at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium can now see two newborn sea lion pups.According to a press release, the first pup was born Wednesday, June 12 to nine-year-old Gemini.

Sen. Sasse issues statement supporting peaceful protest, condemns police injustice

On Tuesday, Sen. Ben Sasse issued a statement condemning rioting and police injustice while speaking in support of peaceful protests. Sasse stated that Americans have a constitutional right to peaceful protest and urged for leaders to help " the temperature" amid protests.Sasse also spoke out against "clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the Word of God as a political prop," criticizing law enforcement officers moving protesters out of an area near St.

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Finally! 2020 is almost over.

Finally! 2020 is almost over. Despite all the bad, there were some good things that happened this year. What was something good that happened to you this year?

You are welcome to censure me again – but let’s be clear about why:

“You are welcome to censure me again – but let’s be clear about why: It’s because I still believe (as you used to) that politics is not about the weird worship of one dude. The party could purge Trump-skeptics, but I'd like to convince you that not only is this “civic cancer” for the nation, but it's also terrible for our Party," Sen. Ben Sasse said.