Good afternoon, C&C Machine readers. My name is Jack Shields, and the good people at SBNation have deemed me fit to run their OU blog. I’m extremely excited to be on board, and I plan on providing a lot of fun content for you guys.
A little bit about me:
- I grew up an avid OU fan in Edmond, OK. My elementary school class was comprised largely of OSU offspring during the Schnellenberger/Blake years, so I naturally have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to the Sooners.
- I went to OU, where I majored in meteorology, then energy management, then journalism with a minor in aviation (I wanted to be Ernest Hemingway, apparently), then psychology before finally settling on sociology with a criminology concentration.
- I didn’t want to be a cardigan-wearing sociology professor, so I decided I wanted to work in sports. I earned my masters in sport management and worked in the sports information office at Florida State, which was quite an experience, obviously. After FSU, I worked for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (part-owned by Bubba Watson!) before heading to Georgia Tech to work in their sports info office. There, I handled the PR duties for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships and dealt with the “swim media” (it’s a thing, I swear).
- After four years, I’m back in Oklahoma, and it feels great!
We’re still working on filling out our staff, but we’ll be bringing you plenty of coverage regarding recruiting, conference realignment and much, much more leading up to our coverage of the 2016 season. We’ve got some good stuff planned for the future, including a ranking of the nightlife for each of the Big 12 expansion candidates.
If you or anyone you know would like to write for Crimson & Cream Machine, please send a cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you aren’t already following us on twitter, go ahead and follow @ccmachine for updates. If you’d like, you can also follow me (@jlarryshields) for a mixture of OU sports and a bunch of other stuff.
Lastly, Matt Hofeld has done a great job with this site over the past few years, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that he’ll be missed. I’ve been in contact with him lately, and he’s been more that helpful with the transition. With the help of my future staff and all of you, I hope to keep the momentum going.
Thanks and BOOMER SOONER!