In news that you had to see coming, Marc Maggard officially announced tonight on Kentucky Ink that he and the others on the site are parting ways. We found out about this a few days ago and I called Marc to tell him that we knew and were gonna post the info tonight, and he decided to release it first, which I understand. From what I have heard from a couple of different sources, the people who run the site (sans Marc) are going to be joining another “network” of sports sites that are loosely (and I mean VERY loosely) affiliated with ESPN.com as the UK site. Marc is moving some message boards to another site that is called True Blue or something to that effect.
Ultimately, this news strikes me as a death sentence for the website formerly known as Kentucky Ink. That site has virtually nothing of relelvance absent Marc and thus those that bought a year’s subscription when the site went “premium” to that site have to be disappointed and/or upset (although they may still have access to the new Marc site). As for Marc and his following, the internet nomads will move somewhere else and Marc will still be able to post his thoughts (and get in his internet fights)there….while Kentucky Ink puts out beautiful pictures and articles to a website filled with tumbleweed blowing in the wind. Marc is frustrating and often bizarre/childish in the way he communicates….but he does have good recruiting info and the Ink will have nothing of worth with him gone.
I have always believed, and continue to believe, that the future of college websites is best shown in the way we run this site. The future of the internet is in free information, given in a unique perspective and that is what we try to do here. This site doesnt operate for a profit, but for love of the writing….and that view, combined with the occasional ad sale from people like the good folks at the printing company and butcher shop, make this work. UK has the BEST assortment of websites of any college team I know with TCP, Kentucky Sports Report and the VERY underrated Wildcat Nation and Sea of Blue, but the decision to go “premium” and seek higher fortune has bred the downfall of one of the other top sites.
Awww internet drama….cant beat it…..