Hello underdog family!
I wanted to tell you all about the changes to the staff as well some upcoming tweaks to the site going forward.
Previous Managing Editor Kayla Chance has stepped away from the site for personal reasons. We wish her the very best going forward and wishes us continued success.
The new Managing Editor will be me, Cyrus Smith. It really is an honor being put in charge to run this site and I thank Luke and Matt for promoting me. A few years ago from a distance I had followed a ton of SB Nation blogs and always wondered if I would have the opportunity to contribute on what I believe is a great platform for writers.
I am especially thankful for the people who I met before I joined this site who helped me become a contributor to Underdog Dynasty in the first place (shoutout Jared and Sway).
I hope to continue the progress this site has made and provide a substantial amount of coverage for teams under our umbrella.
Now, onto staff changes.
Jared, our extraordinary writer on all things UTSA will be the assistant manager for the site going forward. Tanner Spearman, our contributor on all things La Tech, has been promoted to staff editor.
We have added several new contributors in Adam Luckett, A.J. Grande, Elbert Hubbard Jr., Joey Broback, Justin Dottavio and Tyler Pearson. About them:
- A.J. Grande is a student at Middle Tennessee and is apart of their pep band for basketball and marching band in football. A.J. will be our new Middle Tennessee beat writer as he will be providing insight and coverage on all things MTSU.
- Elbert Hubbard Jr. is a graduate student at Memphis. He’s been a longtime fan of Memphis athletics and currently writes for the Memphis Grizzlies SB Nation blog Grizzly Bear Blues. Elbert will primarily focus on Memphis while also providing coverage on other teams in the AAC.
- Tyler Pearson is a graduate student at UAB and is also from Birmingham. Tyler will be our new UAB writer while also sprinkling in some content on Alabama A&M.
- Adam Luckett is our new Troy Trojans writer. Adam has already been contributing to the site as he decided to brave the National Signing Day storm. Adam will primarily focus on Troy but will also be our go to guy on all things Sun Belt related.
- Joey Broback is our AAC writer. Broback has already been contributing to the site within the past few weeks.
- Justin Dottavio is a current high school football coach. Justin also writes for the Miami Hurricanes SB Nation blog State of the U. For us he will cover Navy and Army while also providing a film study review on marquee games. If you’re an X’s and O’s junkie you will love his stuff. Here’s an example of his great film study work.
The masthead has been updated so you can see all of our pretty faces (well at least the ones who decided to show them).
As far as content goes we will be adding a new daily article titled Around the Dog Park. The piece will feature links to articles, videos, etc. that we feel is relevant to the teams we cover that you would like to know. It’s the first time we will be adding this feature so please feel free to tell us whether this article is useful.
We are still looking to add more contributors so if you are interested in joining our team and would like to know more information click here.
Thank you for reading and making this site a pleasure to be apart.