Sorry, I just couldn’t resist the irony.
The state of Alabama is getting Izzy Gould back. In case you missed him, Izzy was one of two al.com Alabama beat writers at the Tuscaloosa Bureau, serving up quality sports reporting for the Mobile Press-Register, Birmingham News and Huntsville Times.
Izzy’s work after the deadly April Tornadoes in Tuscaloosa was exceptional.
He left the al.com network in February to join the Sun-Sentinel to cover the Miami Dolphins.
He didn’t even make it through the off-season.
Last May, Advance Communications announced that they were reorganizing their on-line and print organizations, ending daily delivery of the three largest newspapers in the state of Alabama. At the same time, they announced expanded news coverage at al.com.
As the new Senior College Sports News Producer, Izzy will be leading a group of young, youngish and young-thinking news hounds that are social media and internet media savvy. News is expected to break much more quickly.
I have personally had a number of al.com and nola.com employees tell me that the holding company is disgusted with other news organizations breaking stories on college sports developments in their territories.
Almost every major college football story in the Southeastern Conference region uncovered in the last two years was broken by someone other than an Advance-owned publication or website. That has chapped some important asses, and changes are being made.
I would suspect that the recall of Izzy Gould signifies the formation of a new focus on making sure the stories that should originate here actually do.
I also can’t wait for the presser where Izzy stands before the Miami Dolphins’ media royalty and says, clearly irritated:
“I will NOT be the Senior Sports Producer in ALABAMA.”
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