Pete Thamel, the New York Times college sports reporter, is leaving for Sports Illustrated, the paper announced internally Monday night. A text message to Thamel went unreturned.
Thamel, who is one of the most dogged reporters in college sports, will join Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples covering college football, and Luke Winn, Seth Davis and Andy Glockner covering college basketball. Kentucky basketball fans will surely be thrilled with this move.
Sports Illustrated recently made some cuts, but the addition of Thamel should put SI in a position to challenge CBS Sports for supremacy on the college sports front. ESPN recently stole Brett McMurphy from CBS in an effort to bolster its college sports lineup. In recent years, college football has surpassed the MLB and NBA as the 2nd most popular sport in the country, and clearly, the media is adjusting to cater to readers.