After spending eight years covering the University of Kansas and Big 12 football as a whole — including six seasons as a senior writer for Scout site Phog.net and magazine Jayhawk Illustrated — Flaherty said he was excited to accept the new position.
"It's certainly an exciting time to be involved with Longhorn athletics," Flaherty said. "Texas has one of the top athletic departments in the country across all sports, and is a fixture in the national championship race in football.
"And of course, much of that excitement stems from pending conference realignment," Flaherty said. "It's a great time to be hired into this position."
Flaherty graduated with a degree in journalism from Kansas in 2004, and was recognized for his writing excellence at the student paper, The University Daily Kansan. For most of his time at the Kansan, he served as the Big 12 football writer.
From there, Flaherty spent a year at the twice-weekly Miami County Republic in Paola, Kan., covering a hodgepodge of news and sports topics and earning several Kansas Press Association awards, including Best in Sports Column Writing.
At the same time, he started as the Kansas/Big 12 football writer for Jayhawk Illustrated and Phog.net, a role he kept until December 2009. At that time, Flaherty stepped aside from his position as a senior writer to take the sports editor job at The Morning Sun, a daily newspaper in Pittsburg, Kan. Flaherty started at The Morning Sun after leaving the Republic in June 2005, serving as a combination sports and news reporter.
As sports editor, Flaherty covered all Pittsburg-area sports, from the local Division II college, Pittsburg State University, to six local high schools, three of which were among the winningest high school football programs in the state.
Flaherty has moved to Austin, and has remarked that it already feels like home. His wife, Whitney, will be making the move soon. Flaherty said that readers can expect several changes soon to come to the site, including the hiring of multiple writers to help cover the recruiting process.
"It is my goal to not just provide Texas fans with a chance to read about their college sports, but a place to also keep tabs on the top high school players from across the state," Flaherty said.
Flaherty will also cover basketball and baseball at Texas, though he said he most looked forward to writing about the Longhorns' football program.
"It's always been a dream of mine to cover a college football program with the tradition and year-in, year-out excellence that Texas has," Flaherty said. "I'm thrilled to get started."