To squelch some of the backlash created by their decision to dismiss Mr. Miller, Rivals.com Chief Technical Officer Greg Gough explained his company' s position on the Football Forum of its Iowa site. The forum was free and all posts on said forum were available for anyone to see, as it was not a subscription area, making it public information.
Mr. Gough's post also included Mr. Miller's resignation letter to Rivals.com/Landmark Communications. Mr. Miller's letter, in part, explained that he would be leaving Rivals.com/Landmark Communications at the conclusion of his contract for TheInsiders, which owns this site. It also added that Mr. Miller would be joining The Insiders as a publisher no later than Oct. 1, 2003, the date when he would be released from his no-compete contract with Landmark Communications.
I, Rob Howe, recently signed a contract to publish this site until Oct. 1, 2003. At that time, another person will be brought in as publisher. I will be retained by TheInsiders as the University of Iowa athletics beat writer for this site.
We here at TheInsiders and Hawkeye Illustrated are excited about the present and even more excited about our big addition coming on Oct. 1. We hope that you jump on board to enjoy the unmatched benefits and product offerings that are available to Iowa Hawkeye fans on the web.
I would like to take a few paragraphs to introduce myself to the Hawktalkonline.com/Hawkeye Illustrated community.
My name is Rob Howe. I come to The Insiders after spending a shade under six years at the Iowa City Press-Citizen and just over nine years with Gannett newspapers.
I spent the last year as the beat writer for University of Iowa football and men's basketball. I was responsible for breaking news and daily coverage. Among the various stories that I was involved with last year, I, along with the help of reporters in Jacksonville, was the first local reporter to tell Iowa fans that football coach Kirk Ferentz interviewed with the Jaguars in January.
Before covering the main Iowa beats, I spent two years as a sports columnist and features writer. Most of my opinion pieces focused on Iowa football and men's basketball. I wrote about everything from the football team's 2 OT win at Penn State in 2000 to the exciting championship run by men's basketball at the '01 Big Ten Tournament.
Prep sports were my focus during my first three years at the P-C. I also served as the second person on the Iowa football and men's basketball beats. My experiences included two state championships with Nate Kaeding, Reese Morgan and the Iowa City West High football team. I also witnessed the Trojans two state basketball titles with Glen Worley.
I covered the exits of Hayden Fry, Dr. Tom Davis and Angie Lee and reported on the arrivals of Kirk Ferentz, Steve Alford and Lisa Bluder. I attended the '99 Nike Prep All-America Camp with Worley, Brody Boyd, Sean Sonderleiter, Jared Jeffries, DuJuan Wagner, Zach Randolph and Tyson Chandler. I was in Hilton for the '99 McDonald's all-American game when Jonathan Bender broke Jordan's scoring record.
I also spent five years as the Iowa women's basketball beat writer. I've covered three NCAA women's tournaments.
I arrived in Iowa City after three years with the Vineland (N.J.) Daily Journal. I covered prep athletics in the area that produced Ron Dayne and incoming Hawkeye freshmen Albert Young and James Townsend. I also reported on a few LPGA events and the return of Monica Seles after she was stabbed.
As you can see, my journalism career has taken me to exciting places. I have viewed this opportunity given to me by The Insiders as the next step in that wonderful journey.
I grew up on East Coast. I have lived in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania. And although I consider myself a native New Yorker, I have found a home in Iowa.
I graduated from Delaware Academy High in Delhi, N.Y. and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.
I married my lovely wife Kathryn at the Danforth Chapel on the U of I campus on April 21, 2001. Our reception was at the Iowa House (a.k.a. the Memorial Union). We reside on the eastside of Iowa City. When news breaks on the Hawkeyes, I am a short drive across town away from the action, something that The Insiders feels is of the utmost importance to deliver the type of product that the Iowa fans expect.
I look forward to working with all of you and hope that you enjoy what we intend to do here. There will be additional exciting announcements and staff additions over the course of the next several days. I will also play a big part in the production of Hawkeye Illustrated magazine, including our first annual football preview that you will be able to read in late July and early August.
Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and comments.
Introducing Hawkeye Illustrated staffer Jamie DeMoney
Many of you may remember DeMoney's contributions at HawkeyeNation.com before that website moved to the Rivals.com network back in October of 2001. Since then, DeMoney has been publishing on the Hawkeyes at PlanetHawkeye.com, in addition to his work with PrepNation.com.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Journalism, DeMoney is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and has been involved with prep recruiting and evaluation for nearly a decade. We are pleased to have his expertise on board with this website in addition to Hawkeye Illustrated magazine.
In his current role with The Forbes Report, DeMoney literally views thousands of high school football players each and every year, so his critique of players will be an invaluable service to to this website and the magazine for years to come.
DeMoney will have a few special features for the site, one of them being called 'Inside the Film Room', where he breaks down tape of Iowa football prospects that he personally reviews.
DeMoney also researches and ranks the nation's top high school football and basketball teams for the National Prep Poll -- the nation's second-oldest high school rankings service and the only rankings syndicated to newspapers by the Associated Press. DeMoney's other credits include serving as managing editor and continuting as a regular contributor to American Football Monthly magazine, editor of Gridiron Greats recruiting yearbook, NFLHS.com and doing play-by-play high school sports for KCJJ-AM in Iowa City in the mid-90s. Most recently, DeMoney served as editor of PlanetHawkeye.com.
Some names that you have known for a long time on this and other Hawkeye sites, Josh Clark and Barry Crist, will also be a part of the action. Clark has been working with The Insiders in recent months as a recruiting analyst in the Heartland States. He will continue to do that, but he will also provide recruiting news and notes related to the Iowa Hawkeyes as he has done in the past, on the message boards and in stories.
Crist will continue to provide articles and commentary as he has done in the past, in addition to other administrative duties on the message boards and behind the scenes.