Thursday, July 17, 2008

Chris Pressley, blogger

Got a press release last week from Jeff D'Alessio of the Sporting News indicating that Badger fullback Chris Pressley and I will soon share more than a love of Camp Randall on Saturdays.

Wisconsin Badgers fullback Chris Pressley will add “sports columnist” to his media guide bio this fall.

Pressley is among 22 college football players who will write weekly columns in Sporting News Today, the nation’s first digital daily sports section. The players will cover topics on the field and off it, from the big game of the week to the life of a student-athlete.

SN Today launches on Wednesday, July 23rd. The free product will offer year-round coverage of college football and basketball, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and NASCAR. Readers can sign up to receive SN Today at

SN Today’s roster of player columnists includes Heisman hopefuls, preseason All-Americans and all-conference picks:

Marvin Austin, North Carolina
Alex Boone, Ohio State
Antoine Caldwell, Alabama
Hunter Cantwell, Louisville
Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee
Chase Daniel, Missouri
Cullen Harper, Clemson
George Hypolite, Colorado
Tyson Jackson, LSU
Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
Alex Mack, Cal
Sen’Derrick Marks, Auburn
Colt McCoy, Texas
Ryan McDonald, Illinois
Scott McKillop, Pitt
Mike Nixon, Arizona State
Curtis Painter, Purdue
Todd Peterson, Nebraska
Chris Pressley, Wisconsin
Ryan Purvis, Boston College
Myron Rolle, Florida State
Pat White, West Virginia

That's a pretty impressive lineup for TSN. Glad Pressley will be able to take part in it, from all I've read about him he seems like a thoughtful kid, far from the stereotypical student athlete. It will be interesting to see what form SN Today takes - if these athletes' writings will be in blog form or look like a regular newspaper column.

The other interesting thing about this: I got a press release from a legitimate publishing organization, and I imagine Sporting News sent this to other independent bloggers covering the other universities on this list. A sign of Mainstream Media acknowledging the grassroots importance of blogs like this one.

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