Two former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters are trying to give fans in Georgia a new way to get news about high school football with their launching of Georgia High School Football Daily, a free e-mail newsletter that has a readership of more than 2,000 subscribers after two weeks.
Todd Holcomb, who has joined MaxPreps' team of contributing writers, is the former lead high school football reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He compiled the AJC's preseason Super 11 team, football rankings and all-state teams, and he also help found and research the Georgia High School Football Historians Association (www.ghsfha.com), the top history site of its kind nationally.
His partner, Chip Saye, has covered high school sports for 11 years at the AJC, Athens Banner-Herald, Anderson Independent-Mail (S.C.) and Gwinnett Daily News.
In its first 10 issues, GHSF Daily has broken news on the hiring of four new Georgia football coaches and the season-ending injury to Brandon Burrows, one of the state’s top players out of Walton High School in Marietta.
GHSF Daily has profiled each of more than 50 head coaching hires this off-season in Georgia.
In the past week, the newsletter covered one of the most divisive topics in Georgia - whether private schools have an unfair advantage in sports over public schools.
Larry Campbell of Lincoln County, whose 426 coaching victories rank No. 1 all-time in Georgia, and other prominent coaches have weighed in, often with stinging words.
''They have an unfair advantage, and ... you are blind, stupid or both not to see it,'' Banks County coach Blair Armstrong said in one editorial.
Holcomb and Saye plan to provide preseason scouting reports on each team and publish preseason rankings an all-state teams leading up to the Aug. 21 start of the Georgia football season.
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