Farewell from Joe


Joe Stapleton has been critical in the growth of this site over the past four years and without him I’m certain it wouldn’t be where it is today. Joe wrote just shy of 1,000 posts in the past four years and was the main reason why this site grew from a random collection of my thoughts on Michigan basketball to a legitimate outlet covering the team. Joe will be moving on to graduate school next year, but we are thankful for his time at the site. –Dylan

Dylan and I agreed I would continue writing for UM Hoops through April, and it’s now May. This means my time writing for this website is over. I wanted to share a couple of closing thoughts before I go.

Thank you to all of the people who have read my work on this site over the years. We are so lucky to have a community of intelligent, knowledgeable hoops junkies as our readers. Know that I have deeply appreciated your input and interactions during my time with the site. You all are awesome; it has been my great pleasure to produce the content you read.

It has been unbelievably exhilarating and fun to work for a site that is so unique and purpose-driven. Dylan is one of the smartest people I know, and his site reflects that perfectly. The level of analysis Dylan provides here is unmatched, and working for this site has deepened my knowledge of the game. I get the sense that, looking back, I will treasure having worked in an environment of free-flowing ideas with no red tape or hoops to jump through if we wanted to try something new. Whether it was me starting a podcast a couple years ago or Dylan doing shot charts this season, if we wanted to try something, we just made it happen. I think that sort of unbound creativity is a unique feature of working for a venture like this, and I am thankful for the experience.

I got to cover Michigan basketball and have my very good friend as a boss for a few years. How cool is that? But now it’s time to move on.

Go Blue.

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  • Thanks for everything, and hopefully we’ll someday see you again in the future.

  • Enjoyed reading all of your contributions to the site, Joe. Best of luck in the future.

  • geoffclarke

    It’s been *our* pleasure, Joe. Thank you. I am glad I was turned on to this site a few years ago.

  • Mark

    Thanks for all the hard work, best of luck in Grad School

  • ChocoJoe

    Thanks Joe!

  • Indiana_Matt

    Thanks. Great work. Wish you well. What will you study in grad school?

  • mikey_mac

    Joe, this site is losing an important voice and some of its identity, which is a testament to your contributions. Best of luck to you!

  • MLaw

    Thanks for everything Joe. Best of luck in your future endeavors. You will always be welcome back as part of the UMHoops community. Feel free to say hi, or give your quick takes via comment now.

  • ChathaM

    Thanks for everything, Joe, and best of luck in the future.

  • ajerome33

    Thanks Joe and good luck to you in the future. I thoroughly enjoy this site and your work has brought so much to the table. Best of luck to you in grad school and beyond.

  • Champswest

    You made a great contribution to the site. You will be missed. Onward and upward.

  • JeremyS

    Joe, your articles were very always insightful and fun to read. Thanks for everything!

  • Zem528

    Good luck, Joe. Really enjoyed your articles these past few years.

  • Don

    Thanks, Joe, and best of luck. Your output on this site was outstanding, and very much appreciated.

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    I appreciate all the time you put into the site. Great writing and a daily must read website. Best of luck with your future plans.

  • ShoelaceNation

    Thanks Joe, you did a fantastic job!

  • Wayman Britt

    Thanks Joe, loved your 5 key plays the best.

  • Truth

    Joe, you did us all a solid by writing for the site. I hope you get to achieve your dreams, be they hoops-related or not. Respect.

  • zeroskie3

    Thanks for everything. You will be missed.

  • chazer

    Good luck Joe and thanks for your insight. What a great 4 year ride it has been!

  • Little Perm

    Your work will be missed. Hopefully Dylan can uncover talent like John Beilein to find a suitable replacement.

  • gobluemd16

    Thank you, Joe. You’ve been great here, and it has been a pleasure reading your work. Good luck in the future and with grad school! I am sure the rest of the community here would love an occasional comment to view your perspective on things in the coming season/s! Thanks again for all your contributions.

  • Seth M. Fisher

    Damn it, Joe. How could you go get yourself educated? Who’s going to educate US now?