News: I’m Heading Over to USA Today
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 21, 2012
News: I will be joining USA Today on Oct. 1, covering college football, after spending five years at The New York Times and, most of all, the last two-plus years writing for you guys here at Pre-Snap Read. Believe me, it’s the latter stop that I’m most proud of. Think of all that we’ve been through since May 4, 2010, when Pre-Snap Read first opened its doors with a somewhat incorrect manifesto – looking back, I promised a semi-regular podcast and didn’t deliver. There have been three rounds of the Countdown; P.S.R. Op-Eds; Heisman breakdowns; Locksley breakdowns; B.C.S. conference profiles; non-B.C.S. conference profiles; news; analysis; the kitchen sink.
So my career of acronyms continues, from the N.Y.T. to P.S.R. to U.S.A.T., even if I’m not sure if folks use the final acronym to describe USA Today. To say I’m excited about this move would be an understatement.
The move means a few things. One, it means that I’m done at The Times, obviously. My final day will be tomorrow, when I’ll lead the paper’s online college football coverage through one final Saturday. I promise that my final words for The Times will be “college football,” which will be fitting.
Two, it means that you’ll need to bookmark USA Today’s site on your browser. Please do so now. Let me know when you’re done. I can’t give you the direct link until I know for sure how USA Today’s retooled Web site will work, but keep close tabs on USAToday.com – it’ll pop up very soon.
Three, it does mean an end of sorts for Pre-Snap Read. I can’t tell you how much this site has meant for me over the last two years – nor can I begin to describe just how much I enjoyed writing for you guys, the loyal readers who showed up early in the process and stayed throughout.
And I want every one of you to know: we did this together. I always felt an atmosphere of togetherness – not to get weird – when writing for P.S.R.; we were in this deal together, in this labor of love, and knowing that you were on the other end, as a reader, pushed me through those periods when I wondered if the site was worth the blood, sweat and tears – well, there wasn’t much blood, to be honest.
I can’t tell you quite yet how Pre-Snap Read will continue to exist. Obviously, I now work for USA Today. All I can say today – and I’ll have more information later – is that the site will remain up, with all the archives intact.
Again, I’ll give you more information as it comes in. I start at USA Today on Oct. 1 and will want to take a break next week in advance of the move. So what will next week look like?
I’ll do the 1-124 re-ranking and 1-12 conference rankings on either Sunday or Monday. For the rest of the week, I’m going to re-run my favorite posts from Pre-Snap Read’s history. This won’t include any Countdown posts, since those are all listed along the sidebar. They’ll be the normal, everyday posts that I’ve loved since christening the site in 2010.
So… thanks, guys. Really: thank you. I’m not going to name any names, but you know who you are – there’s a lot of you hang-around, daily-read folks out there, and we’re friends for life. Stick around for the re-ranking on Monday and a look back at P.S.R. history through the end of the month. I’ll give you more details next week, I promise.
Tags: Manifesto, The New York Times, USA Today
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