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During South Carolina’s bye week, a goodbye from me

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After two and a half years, it’s time for me to hang them up.

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Two and a half years doesn’t seem like a long time, until you really think about it.

Back in May 2015, I was living in Charleston, SC, having become a South Carolina fan a couple of years before that. Steve Spurrier was still the head coach of the Gamecocks football program. The baseball team had blown it miserably in Hoover (again). Will Muschamp was at Florida.

Fast forward to October 2017, and a lot has changed.

I ended up here in Atlanta. Will Muschamp found his way to Columbia. The men’s basketball team went to the Final Four. The women’s basketball team won a national championship. The baseball team still couldn’t find a way to win in Hoover consistently.

Some things haven’t changed, apparently. But as the saying goes, the only constant is change.

It’s with that theme of change in mind that I am announcing that I’m stepping down as co-managing editor of Garnet and Black Attack. Trust me, even though times have been a little lean for a few of the sports at South Carolina, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do this for as long as I have.

The good news? Chris Stanley, who’s been serving alongside me for the past few nine months, will be continuing in his managerial role. Stepping into my seat will be Kody Timmers, who has been a longtime reader/commenter that joined us on staff in July. He’s provided a great perspective over his time here, and Chris and I are looking forward to seeing what new and fresh ideas he can bring to the table.

What’s next for me? Right now, my attention is on some other freelance projects I’ve picked up, as well as my duties as an editor/beat writer at Dirty South Soccer, our sister site that covers Atlanta United of MLS. (Many of you guys follow Atlanta United as well, I noticed!) I’ll probably be lurking around here, mainly in the comment section, but as far as creative direction and editorial oversight, that will fall to Chris and Kody.

There are so many people to thank that if I mention them all by name, I’ll forget someone. But I do want to thank all the staff, current and past, that helped us build this thing to what it is today. Thanks to SB Nation’s college league managers, who gave me this opportunity back in May 2015.

Most of all, thanks to you for reading. I may not have always made sense, but I enjoyed the opportunity to dialogue with you fans and take the pulse of Gamecock nation. Without you, there’s no GABA.

It’s been a blast, guys. Thanks for a great two and half years. Talk to you soon.