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Welcome back to the Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog. Yes, we're still alive, and with the 2015-16 season rapidly approaching, it's time to fire up the old blog for another season. Check back here throughout the year for updates on all things Rider and Princeton, including coverage of both the MAAC and Ivy League. Feel free to drop me a line on twitter @kj_franko ( or email

Monday, November 29, 2010

Heading north

When this blog launched in December of 2007, no one was sure if there would be enough interest in MAAC and mid-major basketball to make it worthwhile.

I wasn't fully sold on it myself, but my hope was that combining Rider beat coverage with news and some analysis from throughout the MAAC would get the attention of enough people to get it off the ground.

Thanks to an amazingly loyal and dedicated group of people who have taken part in live chats, left comments and, in many cases, contributed with original ideas, the blog has been by far the most fun part of my job at The Trentonian.

With that in mind, it's with mixed emotions that I'm leaving The Trentonian next week for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, where I'll be the morning news editor for the Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Danbury News-Times and Greenwich Time.

In new my new job, I'll be overseeing day-time news coverage on the sites while chipping in for the sports department, which has a heavy focus on local colleges. Conveniently, the MAAC tournament this year will be in Bridgeport -- within walking distance of the Post newsroom.

This blog will stay up at and likely be taken over by my replacement when he or she arrives. In the meantime, the sports staff will keep it active with Rider coverage and tidbits from throughout the MAAC.

I'll be at two more Rider games -- tonight against Hofstra and Thursday at Manhattan -- and will also co-host the weekly MAAC chat with Andy Santillo on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

To everyone who has read the blog and especially to those who have taken part in our live coverage, I'll always be grateful to you for making this work.


Anonymous broncfan said...

whenever I hear the words, "he took it in the butt," I will think of you

November 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a shame. Good luck man and nice work while you were here with your maac insight.

November 29, 2010 at 1:11 PM 
Anonymous Tyler Durden said...

How could you do this to us Ben? Was it money? Career advancement? Great opportunity? These things are meaningless.

November 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM 
Anonymous rider boy said...

This explains the haircut... you had a job interview... didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?!?!?

November 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first we have to hear about Leslie Nielsen and then you spring this crap on us?

I think Cee-Lo can adequately assess my feelings on this matter.

November 29, 2010 at 1:27 PM 
Blogger Guy Falotico said...

Ben, best of luck as you move closer to my neck of the woods. Oh, wait, you're turning the other way now aren't you?

November 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM 
Anonymous donturtuccio said...

Can the next person running this blog be a really hot girl?

November 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope the next rider beat writer actually has some basketball knowledge.

November 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM 
Blogger Bryan Y. said...

Tylyer Durden: As someone who's worked in the newspaper industry for many years I can tell you it can't be about the money, since there's no money in this business! Good luck Doody, and try and get into PR in a few years

November 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Doody, Have fun in Connecticut Leslie.

November 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM 
Anonymous #1 Rider Fan said...

Good Luck in Connecticut Doody. Don't let the net hit you in the head when Rider cuts it down in Bridgeport.

November 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back to Stag Country!!

December 6, 2010 at 10:18 PM 

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