As a college football fan, I always felt that I had the best beat at this paper. That didn’t change in my five seasons of covering the Gophers, Big Ten and college football.
But in saying that, I’m excited about a new challenge that awaits. I’m moving to the Vikings beat after five memorable seasons of covering the Gophers.
To say my time with the Gophers was often crazy would be an understatement. Five seasons is not terribly long, but I chronicled arguably the top rushing offense in NCAA history and one of the worst defenses in NCAA history.
I got to write about the Gophers winning in the Big House and blowing the largest lead in bowl game history. I covered the Michigan meltdown in ’03 and the Wisconsin collapse in ’05. I covered a 10-3 season and a 1-11 season.
I covered every one of Laurence Maroney’s college games, saw Greg Eslinger go from unknown recruit to Outland Trophy winner and watched Bryan Cupito develop into a fine college quarterback and even better person. There are too many other examples to list.
I also met many good people who love college football as much as I do and made new friends along the way.
The thing I found hard about covering college football is that I didn’t get to watch it as much as I would like. Too busy writing about a game.
Hopefully that will change now. Maybe I’ll even see you at a game. Cheers.