Williams: Aiming High

Williams talks about his first few months on the job and his vision with Cyclone Nation.

I've been working at Cyclone Nation for a little over two months now and you subscribers have no idea how much I have learned since I got here. I can tell you this. This job is not nearly as easy as it looks. Covering recruiting for a major college athletic team is a very hard and sometimes very stressful job. I can also tell you this. I love every minute of it.


I got this job because a good friend of mine, Amanda Ouverson was working here and she put in a good word for me. I was then contacted by Chad and then met with Steve and Jonathan. When I was offered the job I was as excited as Dennis Rodman at a Clinique sale. If you think about what I get to do, it's extremely exciting. I get to talk to and in some cases make friends with Iowa State's future stars of tomorrow. For instance, Mitchell Moore. I don't care what kind of an athlete he is, (in this case he's a great one) I want kids like that playing at Iowa State because unlike most of you, I'm not just watching them on the field, I'm attending classes with them. There's nothing worse than a cocky athlete that treats everyone else on campus like dirt. Guys like Moore are what make this job so fun. Devin McDowell is another. I happen to be good friends with DeAndre so I had the connection to him, but he's not only and incredible athlete but a great guy as well. The list could go on and on. Alexander Robinson, Cody Habben, Kris Means, Adrian Cannon are all guys who showed me extreme class and respect.


I'm not going to deny the fact that I'm not always the first person to get out the news about commitments. In fact I rarely am. I will be the first person to tell you that it is unacceptable. I wouldn't give myself a great grade on the job I've done, but I'm learning. I can guarantee you one thing; I wouldn't grade myself down because of effort.  I'm learning and the most important thing is that I want to learn. I'm an extremely competitive person and I don't want to lose. That's why I'm so excited about the recent relationship I'm developing with Chris Poole from Scout. This guy has been in this business for 20 years. I've been alive for 21 years. I've been in this business for two months. I want to learn. I want to learn and I want this to be the best site on the Scout Network. I am confident that it will happen.


So now that I've gotten my feet wet with this thing, I'm going to be doing a lot more content related issues with Cyclone Nation. This means that I can bring in contributors that I want to help build this website up to what it should be. That is the best. I've started by bringing on one of my best friends and probably the most talented sports journalist that I know, Brent Blum. Normally you would think that two guys in the same major, like Blum and I would be threatened by each other. That's definitely not the case here. Blum is the wittiest sports writer that I know. He seriously is. I have no idea how he comes up with some of that stuff.


My number one goal at this point is to bring you subscribers as much consistency as possible. For instance, on Wednesday mornings, I want you to wake up and know that you'll see Brent Blum's columns on that day. The same goes for me on Thursday. For every day of the week I want there to be at least one recruiting story, and something else that you know you can count on for that certain day. There will of course be other stories as well, but you subscribers must get consistency. We must have consistent game chats during basketball games. I want a preview up for every single basketball game and wrestling meet.


Like I said earlier, I am learning and I'm learning fast. I have to. This isn't working at the Iowa State Daily anymore. You people don't get on this website for free and read our stuff. You people aren't sorority girls that read the sports page just to see Blum's pretty face when he writes a column. If you didn't catch the sarcasm in that then you obviously don't know me or Blum's repulsive face. That's a joke, a bad one at that.


Before you understand my passion for this business, you need to know a little bit about my past. When I was a little kid, I was like any other child raised in an all sports all the time family. All I wanted to do was play sports. If I wasn't holding onto a basketball, I was trying to get the neighbor girl across the street to put on shoulder pads and play some football. That's literally all I thought about. In middle school, I was a pretty good athlete. I led my basketball team in scoring and rebounding, partly because I hit puberty before anyone else, but it was still a blast. Then in one afternoon at football practice in 8th grade, my entire sports career was gone. One shoulder injury led to another, and I had three different shoulder injuries before I was in high school. I had to make a decision. I chose no sports and being able to play ball with my kids someday over playing sports and risking it all. Where did I go from there? Acting. Yes the wonderful world of the theatre. You know what? I'm glad it happened. If it wouldn't have happened then I'd probably be the 12th man on the bench at some NAIA school. My point is, even though I couldn't play sports, they're still my passion. I love sports more than anything in the world. I'm going to be in them someday and somehow, no matter what it takes.


I'm taking 17 credit hours at Iowa State, but none of those classes will prepare me for a career in sports journalism like this job will. I don't want to sound arrogant but I plan on being in this business for a long time. I plan on giving you folks plenty of headaches and plenty of laughs over the next decade. I plan on suffering through tough losses with you, and for some reason I feel like we're going to experience a national championship sometime together as well. Blum and I often joke that we want to takeover the Cyclone Radio Network someday when there's an opening. We joke, but we're also serious. I have dreamed about working in this business for 21 years of my life and I'm not going to let this opportunity slip away. I promise you that.


Have a very Merry Christmas and more importantly Go Cyclones!



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