Courtney Smith grew up in a sports family, and decided to pursue a career in journalism. He attended the University of Memphis, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Fine Arts. While in college, Courtney started off with a blog on the show “Secret Life of An American Teenager” before making a second blog on the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball team. From there, he would work for Fansided as a sports editor and be a staff writer for The Daily Helmsman newspaper on campus and intern for Rivals. In the spring of 2014, Courtney graduated from Memphis and landed his first paying job at The Ledger Independent newspaper in Maysville, Kentucky covering high school sports. He spent a year with the publication, then made his way back home to cover Ole Miss for The Rebel Walk Magazine from 2015 to 2018.