We had fun, didn’t we?
There was that fourth-down conversion (or was it?) by Ohio State that beat Michigan and spawned a playoff berth.
There was that Penn State run to the Rose Bowl and back to national prominence.
That Michigan basketball run to the Sweet 16 one year and that NCAA Tournament final the next.
For two years, Land of 10 brought you the only Big Ten-centric website with beat reporters stationed in some of our primary markets.
But now, we need to say goodbye.
And thank you.
On behalf of Land of 10, I want to express our appreciation for your readership these past two years.
We began in June 2016 as a Next Generation to SEC Country’s Star Trek. We wanted to cover what interested you as a fan of your team. That meant a lot of football and a lot of recruiting.
We loved telling you stories you couldn’t find elsewhere. Behind the scenes, we held monthly contests to honor our best. Recently, we held a final one for the best story ever for Land of 10. The winner was Sean Keeler’s heartwarming piece on Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes published shortly before Christmas 2016. It’s worth reading … or reading again.
There were so many wonderful nominees, though. If you get a chance, check them out, too:
- Chris Bumbaca wrote about the family’s love that made high school smoother for Nebraska recruit Rahmir Johnson.
- Scott Dochterman wrote about Iowa signee A.J. Epenesa and the popularity of the Epenesa family.
- Tyler Donohue wrote about Jesse Luketa’s journey from Canada to Penn State.
- Ryan Ginn wrote about Ohio State going where so many others don’t in the recruiting of J.K. Dobbins.
- Kevin Goheen wrote about the mother’s lessons that guided Michigan’s Aubrey Solomon.
- Bobby La Gesse wrote about Iowa’s Josey Jewell as the Nordic dancer, angler and role model only Decorah knew.
- Rachel Lenzi wrote about the annual Michigan Grave Walk, around the 10th anniversary of Bo Schembechler’s death.
- Erin Sorensen wrote about late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz from the perspective of his friends.
Land of 10 will stop providing new content after June 30, and I hope you will find some of our talented writers at other outlets. Meanwhile, it was an honor to work with so many amazing reporters, editors, aggregators and others. I’d name them here, but it would take too long, and I’d feel like an Oscar winner trying to race the get-off-the-stage-now music.
I want to thank them.
And we want to thank you.
Editor’s note: Mike Bass is deputy editor for Land of 10.