The Man Behind the Man

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Tim Tessalone does not want you to know his name.  He probably does not want us to write this post about him.  As the USC Sports Information Director since 1984, he puts in the work so others can own the spotlight. 

But after three decades of exemplary service to the university, the Football Writers Association of America is pulling Tessalone out from the background and up to the podium as the 41st winner of the Bert McGrane Award, which is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service to the organization and/or the writing profession.

"I am humbled and honored to receive an award that not only is named after a man who served the FWAA so well, but that has been presented previously to icons who are well above me in stature and ability," Tessalone said. "It is a privilege to be in their company. Thank you to the FWAA membership, with particular gratitude to Chris Dufresne (2013 FWAA President) and Mark Blaudschun (1999 FWAA President)."

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Tessalone will receive the award during the FWAA's Annual Awards Breakfast on Jan. 6, 2014, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, the media hotel for the VIZIO BCS National Championship game that is played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


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Cousin Tim.......
My son Michael is now a freshman at William Paterson University, where he was recruited to play baseball ! He usually follows all the top programs and checks out his favorite teams. The last time we were there and you gave us a tour , you made quite an impression on him, and he remembered you enough to showed me this article....just got caught up on USC ...... Congratulations!!!!!!!

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