I’m back

A few months ago, Tim Fitzgerald — my friend for over four decades — announced on one of his podcasts on the GoPowercat network that I would be returning to the GoPowercat WRITING team this Fall.

Fitz has had a ton on his plate since, and we just settled on what it is I’ll be doing during football season.

Before I go into that, I want to encourage ALL of you to check out the tremendous content provided ALL YEAR LONG at GoPowercat.

Fitz, who I have known since middle school in Salina, is the foremost authority on K-State athletics in the media industry, and an “old school” journalist who has transitioned seamlessly into the world of blogs, podcasts and multimedia platforms.

D. Scott Fritchen is a writer of “longform” pieces worthy of publication anywhere. I put his work up there with Wright Thompson of ESPN. I simply cannot offer higher praise for anyone.

Ryan Wallace has recruiting info on lockdown, Ryan Gilbert brings fresh new perspective, and Zac Carlson offers audio and video you won’t find anywhere else.

Oh, and there’s a familiar voice joining Fitz on the Powercat Pregame Show podcast this season: that of Kansas City sports radio giant — and fellow K-State graduate — Kevin Kietzman.

While Kietz and Fitz took their K-State journalism educations and ran with them to incredible successes, I carved my little niche as a part-time writer and a full-time high school journalism teacher and coach.

Now, the three of us — who all arrived at K-State in Fall 1982 — are on the “same team” for the first time since we made McCain Auditorium’s studios and Kedzie Hall’s newsrooms our early training grounds.

Oh, and about my role:

I’ll be taking over for the uber-talented Riley Gates in writing the Pregame Edge and Postgame Edge pieces for the GoPowercat site.

You can look for my Pregame Edge pieces on Thursdays, and the Postgame Edge coverage as quickly as it can be cranked out following each game.

In a year as crazy as any I’ve experienced in my 56 years on this planet, it’s a true blessing to be able to return to doing something I love so much. To be able to do so with and for Fitz is an honor and privilege I don’t take lightly.

It’s good to be back.