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Changes at Crimson & Cream Machine

Effective March 1, I’ll be stepping down as site manager at Crimson & Cream Machine. Fortunately, I’ll still be around in some capacity.

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It’s never easy to make an announcement like this, but here we are.

Last week, I informed SB Nation of my intention to step down as site manager of Crimson & Cream Machine. Unfortunately, due to various family health issues over the past several months, I have not been able to dedicate my full attention to this publication. You may have noticed that our publishing frequency has diminished as of late. I love C&C Machine, so I want to ensure that it is in the right hands. As it currently stands, that simply isn’t the case. Our readers deserve more.

Fortunately, this isn’t goodbye for me. I’ll be sticking around in some capacity — whether that be writing posts or managing the social media.

My final day as site manager will be Feb. 29. In the meantime, I’ll be working with SB Nation to find the perfect replacement. We’ll be publishing the opening soon, and if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to send me an email (jackshields34@gmail.com).

I’ve had the privilege of managing this site since August of 2016, when Matt Hofeld passed me the torch. We’ve had some outstanding contributors during that time. Seth Oliveras was a mainstay with the Hot Links posts, and Chisholm Holland brought his own flavor to it over the past couple of years. Allen Kenney provided outstanding X’s and O’s content (and still does over at Through the Keyhole). Kamiar Mehrabian produced a hell of a podcast (and still does with Bud, Barry, Bob & Beer). Everyone who has contributed to this site has left their mark, and we look forward to continuing to serve as a platform for creative people.

I’d like to thank Luke Zimmerman for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m pretty sure I got him into trouble with his supervisors on more than one occasion, but he was always patient with me on everything. Matt Brown was an incredible boss, as was Caroline Darney. Both as doing great things in their new endeavors, and I’m grateful to have worked with them. Our current boss, Beth Maiman, is fantastic. She’s continues to be very helpful and understanding in this transition, and I promise that this site will be in good hands as long as she is around.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of the readers and commenters. You’re what makes this site great. I’m excited for what we’ll be able to bring to you in the future, and I look forward to our continued interactions and heated debates.

I love you all, and Boomer Sooner!