Some might but unless ESPN's team sites are free, MGo will always have a large readership. Quality of the posts here is just as good if not better then some of the pay sites and it's free...
An MGoJob Is Available
Major changes are involuntarily happening around here. You see, Rudy, my people have been snatched up. Tim is moving to fill the vacancy at The Wolverine left by Josh Helmholdt's ascension to Midwest Recruiting Analyst. Tom is departing, as well. That site is yet to launch and I've been asked not to spill the specific beans so you'll have to deduce.
These are well-deserved jobs for both guys and I'm happy for them. For me—and you—not so much. Unless you want to do this:
MGoBlog Recruiting Ninja
The position is a combination of Tim and Tom duties that were previously split because of the organic nature of Tom's emergence. Recruiting ninja will:
- Collect information from around the web for a weekly roundup post.
- Write up new commitment posts.
- Maintain the recruiting board.
- Head out to reasonably local football games to get footage of commitments.
- Utilize the wonders of the internet to interview recruits on- and off-line.
Output should be a post or two daily with regular items on the message board a la Tom.
Ideally, candidates should:
- Already have a decent idea who Ben Gedeon is, what Tha Ringer is, and why Michigan's high-rated recruits drop more often than they rise when rankings are revised.
- Have a writing portfolio of some variety.
- Be able to write relatively clean copy without outside editing.
- Have an online presence.
- Know how to assemble and edit video.
- Have journalist skills like talking to people and getting information from them friendly-like without making them think you're weird.
- Desire for Michigan to win football games without that interfering with #6.
- Not mind odd hours.
All of these will be tough to achieve so don't worry if you're missing a couple.
The job pays like an entry-level gig at a regional newspaper. 100% telecommute, no set hours, flexible vacation as long as it's not during football season. If you want a business card that says "recruiting ninja" we can make that happen. No benefits at the moment because I haven't begun to figure that out, but if that is a hangup it is negotiable for the right candidate.
If you're interested, email me 4-6 pieces (preferably URLs to pieces) and a resume. If the email contains background on you that helps illuminate where you are and where you're going that will also be helpful.
I'm not saying that people will abandon MGOBlog, but they will include the new site and possibly pay a modest fee to follow Tom because of his reputation gained here.
I've gotten myself hooked on this site. There are a lot of talented posters here and a couple of them are getting away. I'm not so sure you'll be replacing these guys very soon.
I am both happy and sad for Tim and Tom. They both deserve the opportunities ahead of them, but at the same time, my Michigan football itch won't get scratched the same.
Thank you both for your excellent posts and I wish you continued success.
amirite or amirite?
I can vouch for that. Never worked with (for) a nicer guy.
My first thought was Magnus. But yeah, this Ace of the non WIlliams variety seems like a great candidate as well. Also, isn't there another guy that Tom works with (JC3?) at URecruit? He seems like a good candidate.
Jeff Contizano. I'd guess he's taking over URecruit now, but if Brian can lure him away, I think it'd be spectacular. Jeff is another great guy, who comes standard with connections..probably be the best Tom replacement. If Brian could get Magnus/Ace to replace Tim, I don't think the blog would skip a beat.
What about Chet?? He knows all the recruits...
This JC3 sounds promising indeed...after DG and BRICE (and Benji if he repatriates) of course.
Thanks for thinking of me.
Couldn't agree more, although I'd put the odds of him leaving in the same ballpark as the odds of Michigan losing every single game.
Say what you want about Sports by Brooks, but it looks like he nailed the ESPN Ann Arbor thing (as well as all the other ESPN college sports sites).
I qualify in all of those catagories except 2 through 8.
Sorry to hear about the break-up of our little family, but congrats to Tom and Tim on realizing the fruits of their hard work. Nice job building the e-blog, Brian.
Brian is building an impressive blogging-tree. One day, Brian will be the Bo Schembechler of the Michigan Internet
Let's hope they come back for guest appearances, especially for any podcasts!
I was fully hoping for DGDestroys to take over, he seems to have his shit together but he kind of shot it down in an above post. Damn
I appreciate the love. I just wish there was some way I could make it work. I have always, like many others, dreamed of getting Tom's job
Please just nobody hire away THE KNOWLEDGE!
I'm sorry about that.
I don't think this is really his cup of tea, but wouldn't it be glorious if Magnus dropped TTB and took one of the jobs?
I think he'd be great at filling the role that Tim had here, but I'm not sure if he'd be the right guy to fill Tom's shoes. Epinion.
I would potentially be interested, but the in-season commitments might be a problem. During football season I work about 85 hours a week, and that's not including administrative duties and film study. The off-season is when I have a fair amount of time to devote to Michigan football.
I'm flattered that you thought of me, though.
Though I'm pretty sure #6 and #7 at a bare minimum would disqualify him.
But I'm not sure anyone wants the comparison to the work Tom was doing. It'll certainly pale.
Does this mean we're going to get Beaver-like comments on how MGoBlog is stealing their material from Tim and Tom? /s
coachBT not only WRITE, but also RIGHT. no sugarcoat, he's be great!
Just a thought...
I wonder if it might make sense to have someone else (or, ideally, Brian) write the commitment posts -- or at least the "my two cents" parts. It'll be difficult for someone who develops relationships with these kids/families/coaches to write those posts objectively.
Congrats to Tom and Tim, while I'm sad they're leaving I'm glad they are moving on to opportunities they wish to explore.
Am I the only one who hopes Brian finds someone new? I really like the wide range of opinions the other authors provide and think MgoBlog performs a crucial centerpiece to said wide range. There's a lot of talent in the Michigan blogosphere and I'd prefer it not all be centralized.
#9: Must be a Michigan Man. (This is to disqualify Andy Katzenmoyer, just in case he learned to write....)
Silver lining here, the rumor that this site was being gobbled up by ESPN is looking to be just that. I can handle having to follow Tom via twitter or on his new site but wouldn't be able to handle Brian and his analysis being neutered.
There has to be some way DGdestroys can make this happen. Your the best candidate, man. The site will likely suffer otherwise in the short-term, I'm afraid.
I think the ideal candidates to not lose any quality would be JC3, DG, Magnus, or Ace (not Williams).
Of course, I have faith in Brian if he hires an outside guy. He really found some good ones in Tim and Tom.
Ideally, there would be two different positions. It'd be nice to have an evaluator (like Tim) and someone who gives interviews and gets to know the recruits (Tom). It'd be tough to combine them into one position.
Brian's job descriptions don't seem right. I see nothing about answering the TomVH signal when lit and nothing about knowing when to buckle and unbuckle.
Magnus needs to give up high school football.
Someone who doesn't share all of Brian's viewpoints on here too, in an official capacity. While I'm not accusing anyone of being in lockstep, I think it's fair to say everyone at least kinda leans Brian way on things (other than Tom, who keeps his views well hidden). And maybe that's by design, for a more pleasant working environment. Couldn't knock it. But it might be better reading if the other guy was someone once called "a grumpy old man". But whatever works, I'm sure there will be someone good.
The real question is who owned the MGoCreeper van? If Tim owned it, better include that in the job requirements.
Howeva, this is turning out to be a shitty day:
Tim and Tom leave my favorite site.
A local radio host has jumped stations and totally f'ed up my morning bathroom time.
My SUV mysteriously had the check engine light come on with some awesome misfiring one week after I allowed my anus to be reamed $1400 for the AC compressor. Leaking coolant on the spark plug or some BS.
I love Mondays. Anyways, Congrats!!
I'm nowhere near qualified but I get the feeling that if a couple of the more knowledgeable/frequent posters join forces then they could potentially take on this position while still maintaining their day jobs. No?
The main issue is that nobody will be able to replace Tom's networking skills and ability to get exclusive information with recruits. That is what will be missed. A good writer will be able to gather information and write hello posts, but Tom cannot be replaced, simple as that.
Years, which, the Internet does not appreciate.
Ha. You do know how Tom started doing this stuff, right? All you need to know is how to hit the "send friend request" button on Facebook.
but I agree with your sentiment here. Look, I loved Tom's input as much as anyone's but he doesn't have any sort of special powers. Many of his interviews are done over the phone or computer so I am really failing to see what is so irreplacable if I'm being honest.
Now I'm not saying everyone could do what he does, there is a definite need for discretiion, being trustworthy and having a personaility that will encourage a person to speak freely when communicating with you (in other wors, not Chet) but I could see many posters on this site having the ability to step in and not miss a beat (not me, but some of the other posters I have seen on here0.
Give Tom and Tim there due for providing great analysis and information to all of us, but it is ok to be honest and say that a person with a phone, time, good communication skills, good personality, trustworthy and discrete could do this job with out a great deal of trouble. It won't hapen right away because you have to build relationships, but once the newcomer does that I think they will be fine.
Good luck Tom and Tim, I enjoyed all your hard work!
But think about the time commitment it takes to follow all those players all across the country, staying in contact with them, getting them to trust you, and then getting updates out as fast as TomVH does. It's a huge time commitment, and lots of effort, if no particular superhuman skill. Now try imagining doing it with any other sort of job. Because I'm pretty sure they're both leaving not because they suddenly don't love MGoBlog, but it's a more steady secure paycheck. Which isn't a knock on this site. It's a lot easier when you have ESPN backing you up and the bottom line isn't completely hits = $$$.
and perhaps that didn't come out in my post, but that is where I think Tim and Tom separate themselves from other posters (the time commitment). I think what both have done has been great, I just think that someone with those skills and time on their hands could do just as good a job, that's all. I think they are great, but I think there are others here who could do a great job as well if they have ample time.
I really hope what I wrote didn't come off as me thinking they two of them don't do a hell of a lot, because that is not what I mean at all. I loved reading their contributions and wish them both well in their new jobs. I am just not as pessimistic as some that Brian can find someone who can do a damn good job replacing them and I look forward to reading what the new blood brings to the table.
Coming from someone who spends most of his days sitting in a van wearing jorts and midriff mesh, talking to high school kids about various elements of their personal lives without being a huge creep about it is a skill.
and STILL getting them to come into the van, now THAT'S a skill.