Hello again, readers. As you know there has been a lot of change to not only The 7th Floor but SB Nation as a whole in the past few months. There was the release of the new logos, the roll-out of SB Nation United, and on our end, the addition of two great writers in Jerry and Josh from Category 6. These things all went smoothly, and turned out to be some of the best changes to happen to our humble blog in a long, long time.
Well, today we put another huge tally on the board under "Change". Since the blog's inception, it has been under the moniker of The 7th Floor. There is no question that, for better or for worse, the song created by former students and players at The U is well known. However, as the years roll on, it becomes more and more a niche reference. In fact, I have found myself having to explain its meaning to quite a few people, which is always an iffy proposition. The main issue with the name itself is that, while hilarious in a way, it references quite a few unsavory things. The negative connotation that that song, video, and reference carry is becoming a bit of an obstacle in trying to turn this blog into everything that it can become.
Namely, working with and aligning ourselves as closely as possible to the great University Of Miami. We understand that people in the right positions at The U will be hesitant to work with a blog that is headlined by a name that references the things it does. In order to grow and to work with the school we love, as well as other media members who understand the reference, the name has to change.
Today, it does.
Henceforth, the blog will be presented under the name State Of The U. We chose this name for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it brings us back to the Schnellenberger days when he effectively walled off the southern part of Florida and re-named it the State Of Miami. We believe that Golden is trying to get things back to where they were, which is why we think the name fits. We also chose this name because not only are we bringing you football news, but bridging the gap into basketball and baseball as well. The U is not just football, it is numerous other sports, and we ultimately want to be as encompassing as possible. Finally, it's just close enough to make you think of the State Of The Union address, and since that is where the POTUS tells you how everything is going and what will happen going forward, so we try to do with Miami athletics.
So what do you all think? Do you like the name? Leave your feedback in the comments below, and, as always...