Farewell from Joe

Joe Stapleton has been critical in the growth of this site over the past four years and without him I’m certain it wouldn’t be where it is today. Joe wrote just shy of 1,000 posts in the past four years and was the main reason why this site grew from a random collection of my thoughts on Michigan basketball to a legitimate outlet covering the team. Joe will be moving on to graduate school next year, but we are thankful for his time at the site. –Dylan

Dylan and I agreed I would continue writing for UM Hoops through April, and it’s now May. This means my time writing for this website is over. I wanted to share a couple of closing thoughts before I go.

Thank you to all of the people who have read my work on this site over the years. We are so lucky to have a community of intelligent, knowledgeable hoops junkies as our readers. Know that I have deeply appreciated your input and interactions during my time with the site. You all are awesome; it has been my great pleasure to produce the content you read.

It has been unbelievably exhilarating and fun to work for a site that is so unique and purpose-driven. Dylan is one of the smartest people I know, and his site reflects that perfectly. The level of analysis Dylan provides here is unmatched, and working for this site has deepened my knowledge of the game. I get the sense that, looking back, I will treasure having worked in an environment of free-flowing ideas with no red tape or hoops to jump through if we wanted to try something new. Whether it was me starting a podcast a couple years ago or Dylan doing shot charts this season, if we wanted to try something, we just made it happen. I think that sort of unbound creativity is a unique feature of working for a venture like this, and I am thankful for the experience.

I got to cover Michigan basketball and have my very good friend as a boss for a few years. How cool is that? But now it’s time to move on.

Go Blue.

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