I'm sure you all have had a few of these over the years, so I'll aim to keep this as short as possible.
My name is Craig Meyer and I'm the Post-Gazette's new West Virginia football writer, as of last Sunday. I've been at the P-G for the past two and a half years, where I've covered high schools, Robert Morris basketball, the now-defunct Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League and a slew of other things.
College sports have long been a part of who I am and I intend for that to be reflected in my coverage. I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, at the nexus of two universities with incredibly rabid fan bases. It's the kind of place where college basketball and football are a part of life and the athletic exploits of a group of teenagers mean a little more than they probably should. It didn't take long for me to embrace that passion.
From there, I went to school at Boston University, an incredible academic institution with an unforgivable shortcoming -- it hasn't had a football team since 1997. Boston's a great professional sports town, but my four years there allowed me to realize that the zeal surrounding college sports is truly unmatched. Though I've never lived in West Virginia, I grew up in a state with no professional teams and know the kind of captivating crucible that creates. After years of living in it, I now have the privilege of covering it.
I realize I'm the third writer assigned to the team in the past five or so seasons, but I also know that I'm taking over for an incredibly capable and diligent reporter in Stephen Nesbitt. While I can never predict what our staff movement will be like moving forward, I can assure you that I'll provide you with the absolute best stories and information I can.
Coverage of what takes place on the field is paramount and I plan on chronicling that as comprehensively as possible.
But aside from the games and trends are players with stories that go beyond a series of 60-minute games, the kind of stories that I hope to tell in the best way I can. To me, those kind of pieces are the most rewarding part of my job and I look forward to getting to know as much as I can about as many Mountaineers as possible so that you as fans can know more about the players for which you cheer.
There's a select and admittedly small amount of space available in the paper for West Virginia coverage, but I plan on utilizing this blog for everything that can't make it into print. In some ways, I plan on treating this blog like I did the one I started on Robert Morris basketball, but this thing's far from an autocracy. If there's something you would like to see or a feature you'd maybe like to see added, feel free to reach out to me.
This post has gone on a little longer than I originally hoped, but I just wanted to say how excited I am for this new opportunity. Hopefully it's the start of something enlightening, informative and, most of all, fun.
I know that a newspaper in Pittsburgh probably isn't going to be the first place you'll turn for West Virginia coverage, but I hope to contribute in a meaningful way to an ongoing and constantly evolving narrative that extends well past a three-month run in the fall.