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Goodbye from Ben

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Hey, all.

There’s really never a good lede for something like this, and if there was, it’d probably be self-indulgent anyway. So, here it is: yesterday was my last day at CFT. Beginning today, I’m moving on to a new opportunity in my career (and if you’re looking for more information, you can find it on my Twitter account).

You’ll still see some conference previews over the next day or so with my byline on them like some sort of ghost of college football past, but this is my last post.

I’m sad to be leaving CFT and NBCSports. I’ve had three tremendous years here and there are a lot of people who are responsible for that. Rather than spend (most of) my last post on CFT talking about me, I’d like to take a few moments and acknowledge them.

First, I have to thank my loving family and friends, who have given me their unconditional support and understanding while I chase the dream.

Thank you to Mike Florio and Larry Mazza. They’re two of the brightest, hardest working gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know. They were there from Day 1 and gave me a chance out of faith. I am forever thankful to them.

Thank you to Tom Seely, Rick Cordella, Mike Miller, all the news desk guys and gals, past and present. There are some truly great people at NBC and I can’t say enough about how much fun they’ve been to work with over the years.

Thank you, John. Y’all, he’s more than my boss. He’s become a dear friend and I’ll cherish that for the rest of my life. I feel blessed to have had such a solid working and personal relationship with him. There were days when we’d literally email each other at the same time about the same site-related things. It was beyond creepy.

Finally, thank you. Yes, you. Thank you for reading, for making CFT a part of your day… or week… or whenever it is you visit. I appreciate it and I know John appreciates it. We haven’t always agreed on things, and that’s okay because you all have continued to be so loyal to this site. That alone rises above everything else. I mean, there were days when I could barely construct a sentence with a proper subject-verb agreement — yet y’all kept on comin’ back anyway.

I’ll certainly miss it here. CFT has been such a big part of my life over these last three years. It’s one of the first things I see in the morning and usually the last thing I shut down before I go to bed. Naturally, there is a sense of ownership I’ve gained from all of this. Moving on is definitely going to take some getting used to, but I will always look back on my time here fondly. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross again some day.

Until then, and with tears unapologetically welling up in my eyes, I say be good to each other, enjoy the season, and go Mean Green.

Signing off,

Ben

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31 Responses to “Goodbye from Ben”
  1. abnparatrooper says: Aug 24, 2013 9:50 AM

    Good luck in the next chapter of your life Ben. God bless.

  2. normtide says: Aug 24, 2013 10:06 AM

    Good luck Ben. Have enjoyed your work and look forward to your future endeavors.

  3. polegojim says: Aug 24, 2013 10:12 AM

    Enjoyed your posts and comments Ben.

    Your style is lively and interesting, many times intentionally controversial, but always on point. Your personality always came through loud and clear.

    You can still come to CFT and post like the rest of us ‘common folk’, right?

    Best Wishes on your new opportunity.

  4. Anoesis says: Aug 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    Thanks, Ben. Please come back when you get the time and troll John. That would be hilarious.

  5. fnc111 says: Aug 24, 2013 10:41 AM

    Narcissistic much?

  6. thefiesty1 says: Aug 24, 2013 10:48 AM

    Good luck, your articles and comments will be missed.

  7. canetic says: Aug 24, 2013 11:04 AM

    Good luck! Better start working on your lists for Bleacher Report.

  8. overratedgators says: Aug 24, 2013 11:07 AM

    It seems like only yesterday when he was just “Ben the Intern”.

    So long, Ben. You’ll be missed.

  9. imaduffer says: Aug 24, 2013 11:12 AM

    Have fun @ the Texas State Fair. Try some of the fried butter.

  10. BrownsTown says: Aug 24, 2013 11:35 AM

    Best of luck

  11. southernpatriots says: Aug 24, 2013 11:50 AM

    Best to you Ben!

    I have seen your progression as a writer, gaining the adeptness to tweak and jab with class , provoke and prod with style.

    Should you ever be in south Louisiana covering the Sugar Bowl, LSU Tigers, Saints, or just enjoying our great duck hunting or alligator wrestling, or if you just want a peaceful time to unwind, communicate with us and we will treat you to the best meal(s) you have ever had and leave you happy (and heavier! ha.)

    Bring some clarity and truth along with your writing skills to your new gig. We’ll be watching.

    Be wary of that subject-verb agreement, it gets the best of us sometimes!

    Thanks Ben, really…thanks, and God bless! From all us in this family of southernpatriots.

  12. dmvtransplant says: Aug 24, 2013 11:52 AM

    Best of Luck young man

  13. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 24, 2013 12:13 PM

    Just got a call about this from the doc at southernpatriots. Could not believe it, came here and its true.

    Will miss you Ben. I will visit you at a your new home, though I give you warning…there are only a couple of eagles and a lot of turkeys there.

    Keep the fires burning!

  14. bender4700 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:31 PM

    Good luck Ben!

    Always appreciated your willingness to interact with us in the comments!

  15. chachooga says: Aug 24, 2013 12:42 PM

    Benny K Benny K Benny Kaaaayyyy

    taking his ACC hatin’, UM logo upside down posting, NorthWestern Argonauts (or whatever you alma mater is) loving out of CFT land?!?! say it ain’t so!

    I will happily follow to twitter, I’ve got a soccer guy on the Reacher Bleport I like.

    Now I will have to check in for the latest ACC hate over there.

    Your twitter handle should have been @BennyK #justsayin’

    Wish you success and hope you get the first inside scoop when the NCAA finally releases its findings against the U.

    (I unashamedly copy and pasted from JT’s post, the tears are swelling up and I can’t type! ha! really best of luck!)

  16. dcroz says: Aug 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    Damn, and just when we had him broken in….

    Godspeed, Ben! Good luck and give ‘em hell!

  17. effjohntaylornorelation says: Aug 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    Congratulations and best wishes, Ben! This moment will cause me to rethink my allegiance to CFT. You were the driving (and creative) force for the success here. I will follow you to “Reacher Bleport” for sure. However, I’m quite disappointed to be left alone with Taylor and his sour attitude and scribing filled with personal feeling & agenda. Your professionalism and wit will be missed.

  18. raysfan1 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:59 PM

    Good luck and God speed!

  19. tigersgeaux says: Aug 24, 2013 2:24 PM

    Today’s my shopping day (when I am not working!) but finally southernpatriots got me via messenger pigeon. Sorry to hear this, Ben, but best to you.

    Will try to catch you on BR but so much of what is there turns my stomach so it will take some courage from me to check you out there.

    Man, we are going to miss you! Now that you are firing on all cylinders, you should write some good things for LSU on BR, right? Just putting a word in.

  20. ningenito78 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:38 PM

    You were totally crying all over your keyboard when you wrote this.

  21. sssjim7 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:42 PM

    Ben – goodbye and good luck!

    Thank you for all the stories, opinions and great articles. I haven’t always agreed with you, but I’ve always enjoyed reading your stuff…

    You will be missed here… come back and visit/guest write soon!

    ~Jim

  22. gorilladunk says: Aug 24, 2013 4:07 PM

    Ben, my son finally graduates from UNT and just as they enter Conf. USA you leave the scene of the crime! Where will we go for updates on Dan Mac and the rest of the Eagles contingent? All the best to you and, by proxy, Go Mean Green!!

  23. tendigitpoet says: Aug 24, 2013 5:38 PM

    Lots of luck and thanks for the insights.

  24. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 24, 2013 6:35 PM

    Ben it’s been a pleasure reading your writing and opinion. Best wishes for continued success.

  25. ajarkoski says: Aug 24, 2013 7:11 PM

    Three years doesn’t seem it has been that long, but time really flies when you are having fun. Thanks for helping me get through those dreadful long offseasons. Good luck and may CFT continue to prosper.

  26. suprmous says: Aug 25, 2013 1:15 AM

    With not likin that goodb.. word I’ll just say lots of luck with whatever the future holds for ya. May all of your dreams come true. Tho I didn’t get to know ya like the others it was nonetheless eye openin at what you had to say. Take care and never let a day go by that you don’t thank the Big Guy upstairs for allowin you to do what He’d have you do and allowin you patience with all that you come in contact with. Da Mous hopes all goes your way.

  27. suprmous says: Aug 27, 2013 5:44 AM

    Ok Friends of Mine and you know who you are, what did I say that was so wrong ?

  28. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 27, 2013 7:10 AM

    suprmous: Note my post on the other Ben thread. The regulars (or veterans) here on CFT have learned to ignore the thumbs down. No friends will do that, just some kids or mentally unsound folks.

  29. dkhhuey says: Aug 27, 2013 8:45 AM

    Ben – we haven’t always agreed but I have enjoyed the process! Good luck and I do hope you’ll pop in once in a while and post!

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 27, 2013 11:19 AM

    Hey Ben…. UNT still sucks! LOL… J/K….

    You’ll be missed here, and maybe I’ll even pop in there from time to time to check out your stuff.

    Here’s a #GoMeanGreen for ya!

    Good Luck!

  31. Deb says: Aug 31, 2013 9:46 AM

    So sorry I’ve been off the blogs for a while and am just now seeing your farewell. Will miss you terribly, Ben. Wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors. God bless.

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