ESPN.com Snags UofL Beat Writer

More proof that the Internet is taking a toll on the printed word: Brian Bennett, who has reported on University of Louisville sports the last two years, will soon be leaving the Courier-Journal to take a position with ESPN.com. He will be covering and blogging about Big East football as part of the site’s new bennettblog network.

Bennett, who succeeded Eric Crawford  as UofL beat writer, has been with the CJ for nine years, The job will enable him to stay in Louisville, as he indicates in his most recent blog post:

I grew up reading the CJ and always wanted to work here and write about our local teams. So these past nine years, particularly the past two as the U of L beat writer, have been rewarding and fun. I’ve especially enjoyed the dialogue with you, the fans, through this outlet and others.

But now it’s off to a new challenge. I hope many of you will follow me to read about U of L and the conference as a whole at ESPN.com in a couple of weeks. I might have another story or two about Louisville football and may have some more blog posts before I’m officially finished next week. But I just wanted you to know why you won’t be seeing my byline as much as you normally would at the start of practice in these coming days.

Bennett scoops the printed version of the CJ with this news, more evidence that news print is becoming less relevant in today’s world. He joins former CJ columnist Pat Forde at ESPN. Bennett has done a commendable job of covering UofL sports, apparently such a good job that ESPN felt it had to have him.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “ESPN.com Snags UofL Beat Writer

  • August 5, 2008 at 8:26 am
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    Brian was my favorite cj-er, darn it!

    Put mike of the card chronicle in there now!

  • August 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm
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    Let’s hope Ashley is not available.

  • August 5, 2008 at 1:56 pm
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    There seems to be a steady stream of people leaving the CJ these days, probably seeing the handwriting on the wall. Not a pleasant place to work these days.

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