Mike McAllister's hard work has paid off. From sports fan to accountant and Syracuse blogger in between, the lifetime Central New Yorker has been all about production and now he takes his work to the FOX Sports NEXT platform and CuseNation.com
Upon finalizing a deal on Wednesday, he called the move from NationofOrange.com to CuseNation.com "a fantastic opportunity to work with the best in the business and cover the team I grew up watching."
McAllister was born and raised in the Syracuse area, graduating from Marcellus High School in 2001. He has always taken a deep interest into the local sports scene, often analyzing statistics, breaking down players, and studying recruiting. The true "love" for it resulted in trips to numerous sporting events at the Carrier Dome and all over the northeast.
In 2005, he graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in accounting. Several years later, McAllister started his own blog called It's Raining Orange, covering Syracuse athletics. A few months into running that blog, he was contacted by Coast2CoastHoops, a national basketball recruiting site – in which he was asked to run their Syracuse site, NationofOrange.com.
"I've been doing that since October 2011," said McAllister. "At Nation of Orange, I covered basketball recruiting extensively. In fact, I broke the story about Michael Gbinije transferring to Syracuse from Duke (among many other notable stories)."
During his time with Nation of Orange, the rising journalist developed many relationships with the Syracuse media, recruits, and coaches. The sudden success allowed the site to venture into the world of football recruiting as well.
"One of those relationships I built was with John Garcia Jr., who helped "show me the ropes" so to speak on covering recruiting and being a journalist," added McAllister. "When approached with the opportunity to join John at CuseNation.com and FOX Sports NEXT, I jumped at the chance.
"I look forward to contributing to the best source for Syracuse recruiting information around, and help take it to the next level."
Mike McAllister officially brings his expertise to the FOX Sports NEXT and CuseNation.com family on July 15.