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August 30, 2009

Walsh joins Rivals.com staff

BamaOnLine.com is proud to announce a new member to its team, and the name should be familiar to many Crimson Tide fans.

Christopher Walsh, formerly of the Tuscaloosa News, will begin covering the Tide football team for BOL starting today.

"Chris is an extremely talented reporter and his vast experiences will serve him well covering the Alabama beat," said Shannon Terry, BamaOnLine.com publisher and founder of Rivals.com. "Chris is a tireless worker and a highly competitive professional. He is the perfect complement to our team of experts."

Walsh, an award-winning sportswriter and columnist since 1990, said he is very excited about the opportunity.

"I'm thrilled," Walsh said. "I can't wait to get started."

In addition to the football team, Walsh will also cover the men's basketball team and other university sports as the site's Senior Staff Writer.

Walsh joins BOL after five years with the Tuscaloosa News, where he won the First Amendment Award (formerly Freedom of Information Award) by the Associated Press Managing Editors, was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was honored with the 2006 Herby Kirby Memorial Award - the Alabama Sports Writers Association's highest honor.

Previously, Walsh covered the National Football League (Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) for seven years, along with nearly three full Major League Baseball seasons (Arizona Diamondbacks).

"Chris brings a track record of outstanding writing and reporting to the Rivals.com network," said Kevin Ryan, Rivals.com's Managing Editor. "He has shown the ability to break news wherever he has been, and BOL subscribers should know he comes to the site with the highest of recommendations from previous employers."

Walsh is the author of 14 books, all but two about college football, including "100 Things Crimson Tide Fans Need to Know & Do Before They Die," "Who's No. 1? 100-Plus Years of Controversial Champions in College Football," and "Where Football is King: A History of the SEC. "

His latest project is "Huddle Up," a series of eight handbooks for fans (Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and the New York Giants).

"I am more excited than ever about the future of BamaOnLine.com," Terry said. "Our ability to attract talent (like Chris) to our expanding team is key to fulfilling our goals as the No. 1 source and destination site for Alabama sports and recruiting."

Originally from Minnesota and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Walsh lives in Tuscaloosa.

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