OT: Bill Connelly Leaving SBNation

Per the most recent episode of Podcast Ain't Played Nobody.

I'm pretty bummed about this. PAPN is favorite college football podcast, and this is Bill and Godfrey's last show together. I'm fascinated to see where Bill goes next; I'm hopeful that it will provide him a bigger platform to do exciting work, both with data (his S&P+ analysis and annual team previews) and with his storytelling (his sport city podcasts are pretty cool - There's only been 2 or 3 episodes, but it kinda feels like the 'Parts Unknown' of college football).

Anyways, thanks for all the good pieces Bill. Looking forward to many more in the future.

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You summed up my thoughts well. I am excited about his advancing career, but sad because PAPN is my favorite CFB podcast.

Just now listening to last weeks episode. I guess this is what they meant by papn 2.0. Definitely bummed by this. Hopefully he will still have a podcast where ever he ends up, but it might be hard to reproduce the chemistry him and Godfrey have.

Damn, saw this before pulling up this week's episode. I really like the dynamic they have on PAPN, and "PAPN 2.0" won't be the same without Bill.

At the same time, I'm curious to see who was able to pry him away from SBN.

Maybe he'll team up with Bitter and McFarling.

I'd listen

Gotta be going to the Athletic, right?

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Godfrey said on /r/PAPN that bill was not going to the athletic.

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...and Saban isn't leaving the Dolphins for the Bama job.

We put the K in Kwality

Godfrey doesn't lie about those things. He'd just say 'I'm not at liberty to talk about it right now.'

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He also said the same thing in the final episode of PAPN 1.0.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

This makes me more sad.

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Seriously, this is where I get all of my information going into the season.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Yep, and PAPN was my main source of keeping up with CFB around the country now that I am not able to watch as many random games across different conferences as I used to. It will be interesting to see how things play out with PAPN, if Bill C will resume podcasting through another medium, etc.

He said he was leaving for a really good opportunity, so I'm guessing it's either a TV show, or some other situation where he has his own team and complete creative control. Should find out tomorrow I suppose...

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Maybe he's going to College Gameday or something else on the Mothership.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

I could see him going to ESPN, and tbh I wouldn't hate it.

EDIT: Unless his content was only on ESPN+... I'd hate that. But it might actually get me to buy it...

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Probably won't be a TV show. He let it slip in his final PAPN episode that he'll still be writing at his new gig. (More specifically that it'll be wierd to write for someone other than Jason Kirk, who's edited over 3 million words of his content over the last 8 years.) So it'll almost certainly be for a magazine or website.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

I'm curious to see where Bill lands. I get the feeling he'll still be doing the S&P rankings and they'll play a big role in whatever is next for him. He did mention that he has created a FCS version of his rankings that should be ready for release in the foreseeable future. This is nothing more than a wild-ass guess, but I suspect his move has something to do with the recent expansion in legalized sports betting. Given his love of the numbers and focus on how well his predictions perform against the spread, I feel like a gambling-centered website or broadcast is a logical choice for him. I'd be surprised if his new employer isn't somebody mentioned in this article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/media/espn-caesars-gambling/index.html

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

UPDATE:

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Hopefully they don't micromanage him too much, or try to make him downsize his long form work. I don't particularly love traversing ESPN's website and their format, but I will gladly go there for Bill's work. Overall, I am STOKED for him. He is living the dream of so many kids who grow up loving and following college football (myself included), so I would never disparage him for taking such a huge step up both in exposure and surely salary as well. I'm looking forward to his new content opportunities, and for ESPN to give S&P+ the broad exposure it absolutely deserves.

Disappointed that the same article that announced Connelly's hiring also announced Dinich's extension, but I suppose I'll just continue to ignore her corner of the site/channel as I always have.

Also, the more I thought about it, the more I expected him to go to ESPN in some capacity, but I figured he might've been split between ESPN and 538, considering his statistics background.

It would be really nice if he made weekly appearances on the CFP Rankings show

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How does ESPN justify keeping these people I have never met a football fan that takes Heather Dinich seriously.

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I haven't seen it yet here, but Bill's posted his ACC Coastal preview over on ESPN.

In a very chaotic Coastal division, he has us behind Miami and UVA as 3rd.

(This would be a fine thing to discuss in a new thread.)

And thanks for sharing.