BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – It’s fitting that my tenure at the Orlando Sentinel would end with a bang. It seemed to start with one.
It wasn’t long ago that I had my introduction to the Gators, a win over USF in week two of the 2010 football season. It seems like I started running then and haven’t stopped. During my brief tenure on the beat, UF has had:
– A football coaching change amid two of the most tumultuous years the program has seen in decades
– Two Elite Eight runs for the men’s basketball team
– 13 conference championships and five national titles
And that’s just skimming the surface. It’s been an eventful two years, so it’s appropriate that I ended my run with SEC Media Days – a marathon of an event that unofficially kicks off the football season.
Tomorrow will be my last day at the Sentinel as I move on to accept a position as a sports investigative reporter for USA TODAY Sports Media Group. I have enjoyed my time on the Gators beat and have learned more than I ever imagined, but it’s time for some new challenges.
I’ve met many great people along the way, both who I have had the pleasure of working with and covering. And I have had the privilege of serving you, our readers, with the best coverage and stories I could provide. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I’ve enjoyed the reporting.
As this chapter closes, I’d like to thank you for that.
The Sentinel will hire my replacement soon enough, and I hope you’ll keep following that person. You can do so on Twitter at the Sentinel’s account, @osgators.
As for me, I’ll be staying in Gainesville for a while and with no games to cover, I’m sure to be out there watching some from the stands. Please feel free to say hi, and if you’d like to follow along with my new pursuits you can do so on Twitter @RachelAGeorge.
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