Loyola football fans are passionate about their team and are hungry for all the information they can get. I know this because I covered the Ramblers for seven seasons as a sports writer for Pioneer Press. I was there for the 2015 Class 8A state championship and for their runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2013. I know this program very well and have enjoyed a great relationship with the Loyola athletic department over the years.

After working in the newspaper industry since 1998, I decided to go out on my own in March. My first thought was to write what I know about and what I like, which led me back to Loyola and the creation of this website. While it is independent of the school, it will be a partisan website, devoted to covering the Ramblers in a positive way.

Loyola holds itself to high standards, and the Ramblers deserve a publication that meets those expectations. Maroon and Gold will be your headquarters for all things Rambler football this fall. I plan to have new content up every day, everything from game stories and game previews to more in-depth feature stories and Q&As. This website will be the only place you need to go to follow your favorite team.

Coverage will start Monday, Aug. 22 (the first week of the football season) and run through the end of December. The introductory cost to subscribe for this premium content for the season is $19.99 until Sept. 1, when the price will increase to $29.99. Your support is integral to this unprecedented coverage.

To leave a comment or send a story tip, please e-mail me at maroonandgoldsports@gmail.com

Thanks for reading.

Matt Harness