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Listen Now to Ep. 34 - Featuring Pete Thamel

Happy New Years to everyone and THANK you for being LIFELONG fans of this show! It has been such a privilege and joy to be able to bring you these conversations!

Every week I hit that record button, it's a learning experience for me and I hope that you as the listener are gaining valuable insights from the high performers we bring onto the show!

In this inaugural episode of 2021, Yahoo Sports' College Football Reporter - Pete Thamel joins us to break down the craziness that was 2020 and the seismic shifts facing the sport moving forward!

One of the best in the business, Pete shares how he got started in the sports reporting profession, his writing and reporting process, and insights gained from being around the highest performers in college athletics.

When it comes to interviewing, he shared three critical keys to success:

  1. It takes time -each interview is a rep and that's the #1 way to improve

  2. Build rapport -ask the hard questions last and tease out the information

  3. Tell a story -make sure to pull out anecdotes and paint the picture in detail

As far as the State of College Football Recruiting, we touched on:

  • The 85-man scholarship hard cap & challenges produced by COVID eligibility waivers

  • The implications of no campus visits -both from the lens of colleges & athletes

  • The impact of colleges not being able to evaluate prospects in person

  • And, the reverberations felt across the sport -specifically in the class of 2022

If you're interested in working in the sports media space, please do yourself a favor and be ready to take notes from Pete. He's one of the very best at building relationships, networking with high performers in the industry and articulating compelling stories to college football fans.

If you're passionate about evaluating, recruiting and the landscape of college football, we have you covered as well! I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it and I look forward to bringing more shows to you all in 2021!

To follow Pete, check him out on Twitter at @PeteThamel, and tune in to his weekly podcast with Dan Wetzel & Pat Forde called the Yahoo Sports College Podcast!

Click the links below to tune in on your favorite platform, and be sure to subscribe, rate and share the show!

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