The Big Lead is reporting that New York Times college sports reporter Pete Thamel is leaving the publication to join Sports Illustrated.
Though Thamel has been the subject of venom from UK basketball fans for his reporting on Enes Kanter and Nerlens Noel, he is considered one of the best reporters on college sports in the nation.
Excerpt from The Big Lead:
Sports Illustrated recently made some cuts, but the addition of Thamel should put SI in a position to challenge CBS Sports for supremacy on the college sports front. ESPN recently stole Brett McMurphy from CBS in an effort to bolster its college sports lineup. In recent years, college football has surpassed the MLB and NBA as the 2nd most popular sport in the country, and clearly, the media is adjusting to cater to readers.