You’ve probably noticed that little countdown clock above tells us that we’re a little more than eleven days from the first official practices of the 2011-12 college basketball season. In many parts of the country, the leaves have started to change, there’s a nip in the air, and Halloween candy has taken over the grocery store shelves. Today also marks the first day of the RTC 2011-12 Season Preview, where we’ll be previewing all 31 Division I conferences and bringing you comprehensive coverage of the upcoming season over the next five weeks until the first games tip off on November 7. What better time to also introduce our newest and perhaps most ambitious idea, the RTC microsites. the first of which rolls out today with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The premise behind the RTC microsites is rather simple. The breadth, scope and influence of the six power conferences on the sport of college basketball only continues to grow. As much as we all love the mid-major schools, the focus of most fans falls on one or more of these six leagues. The RTC microsites will endeavor to spotlight each conference at a level of detail that goes well beyond what the national site can or should do. Each microsite will be staffed with at least two writers whose sole responsibility will be to keep up with the stories within their particular conference. Our intent is that the quality of commentary and analysis that our readers have come to expect on the national site will transfer over to the microsites, and we hope that you’ll let us know if we’re not keeping to that standard.
You can find the ACC microsite by simply adding the three letters acc to the end of rushthecourt.net/. Or you can click on the fancy little ACC microsite button above at the top right. Or you can simply click here. However you decide to navigate there, we hope you visit and stay for a while. Our two ACC staffers, Matt Patton and Kellen Carpenter, have been with RTC in several capacities in the past, but both fellas really know this league and will do a great job with it over there just as they’ve done over here. If you’d like to reach them with questions and ideas of your own, their contact information is available on the microsite.
We’ll be rolling out all six of the microsites gradually over the next couple of months, and we’re still taking applications for writers for both the Big East and Big Ten conference microsites, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a writing sample if you’re interested.