Photo courtesy Kimberly Rivers
It started with a tweet. From there, texts, phone calls, more tweets and emails. I'd taken a shot in the dark - would anyone want to come along with me, take a chance on building something together?
And here we are, 33 days later, launching Argyle Report. This site aims to be the most comprehensive independent coverage of Carolina athletics on the internet. There are outstanding student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters in all 28 sports at Carolina, and there are stories waiting to be told. That's where Argyle Report comes in. We have assembled a staff that is passionate about all 28 of those sports, that is willing to find and tell those stories. Up at the top right of the page, you'll see a drop-down menu with a list of sports. As we populate Argyle Report with stories, you will find more and more sports listed.
Today, we have a feature on women's soccer's Annie Kingman. We have Joe Sagula's preview of Carolina volleyball. We have a look at the women's basketball schedule. We have five players to watch in football training camp, five questions surrounding the team, the 13 plays that defined Carolina football in 2016, an assessment of what 2017 may look like and a Turner's Take on All-ACC voting. We have part 1 of a conversation with Theo Pinson. We have a run-down of Carolina field hockey and Team USA. We have a column on what we mean when we say 'we.' And there's much more to come.
The young people who have signed on to take this chance with me come with varying levels of experience, but all with the same enthusiasm. Our goal is to transfer that passion to the page and to the reader, to tell you exactly how Carolina's student-athletes are the best in the country at what they do, on and off the field.
We won't cover recruiting, at least not until Signing Day. There are other sites that track prospects, and do it well. But at Argyle Report, we believe there are too many student-athletes in Chapel Hill to devote too much energy to those who might never put on a Carolina jersey. Once they get here, we'll be there.
Today is day one of Argyle Report, and the beginning of what we hope will be something special, new and different in coverage of Carolina athletics.We are open to your feedback - tweet at us @ArgyleReport or use the contact button under 'About' at the top left. We hope you'll become a regular visitor, and if you like, consider supporting us on Patreon.
But most of all, thank you for visiting. Thank you for taking a chance with us. Let's go.