We heard the news last week that layoffs were coming to the Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. Those layoffs and reorganizations happened Monday and now details are starting to trickle out about who's still there and who's moving on.
Dave Rahme, who has shared the Syracuse Orange football beat and handled the Syracuse Orange lacrosse beat for a while now, posted on SyracuseFan.com this morning to let readers know that his time covering SU football is done.
First, let me very humbly thank the folks here who have said such kind things about me. There are others here - I can think of one in particular - who will be glad I'm gone. Anyway, this has been my passion and my love for more than three decades and I am very sad this morning to be at this crossroads. I saw it coming years ago but never believed it would happen here so quickly. I do want to clear up one misconception. Nolan and I have been offered jobs with the new company but not covering football (most folks in the department, including Donnie, were retained). I have no idea who will be given that task. I have been asked to cover lacrosse year-round. I have two weeks to make my decision but want you all to understand one thing - if I accept it I will do so with the knowledge that it is not the same job that fueled my love and passion all those years. It is an opportunity in the "new and exciting world of digital journalism," which will entail little of what I do now. Regardless of what I decide, I will try to cover the team for the rest of the season to the very best of my ability. I don't want anyone feeling sorry for me. I have a great wife, three great kids, six beautiful grandchildren and faith that God will direct me as He sees fit. I am truly blessed and wish all of you here the same kind of happiness and fulfillment I have enjoyed for most of my career. I know some of you have disagreed with me regarding my opinions on SU football and/or the way I have covered the beat, but I hope all can at least say I did it to the best of my ability, with honesty and integrity and never with an ego to be a media star.
For as long as I've been writing this blog, Dave has been one of the core reporters that have done the hard work to get the information that I needed to do the silly things I do. I say it all the time but there is no such thing as sports blogs without quality sports reporters and we're losing the skills and experience of a great one, at least when it comes to SU Football.
Same goes for Nolan, who I've had the pleasure of speaking with a few times (and wrote a nice piece about my book) and is an extremely good guy. He's done great coverage for the last couple years and I wish the both of them good luck and much success in the next phase of their careers and lives.
For Syracuse lacrosse, it sounds like we'll have to wait and see if Dave will continue to hold down that beat. It does sound like even if he does continue the beat, it may only be through this year.
As for SU football, it looks like we're going to get a brand new beat writer. That is, unless Donnie Webb is taking back the spot. We'll just have to wait and see.
No word so far on SU basketball but I imagine Dave would have mentioned if there were any changes to Mike Waters and Donna Ditota's status.
Thanks and good luck to Dave, Nolan and everyone else who lost their job and/or shuffled around for the hard work and great coverage.