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New York Times Sports Editor Tom Jolly Moves To Nighttime News Shift

After an eight-year run marked by controversy, sports editor Tom Jolly is moving upstairs for the night news editor role at the New York Times.  Although Jolly may be heading to a higher floor Media Ink‘s Keith Kelly says sources close to the situation do not consider the job change to be a promotion.  Jolly is not the most popular guy in the newsroom and has been under fire since his handling of the 2006 Duke University lacrosse case in which three players were falsely accused of rape.  After the players’ names were cleared and out of the national spotlight, Jolly showed some remorse for the Times coverage of the story:

As far as our coverage of the case itself, if the essence of your question is whether I feel good about it, the answer is that I very much regret my failure to recognize that we were dealing with a rogue prosecutor and that the university had compounded his bravado by overreacting to the initial reports about the case.
If Jolly’s management of the Duke case didn’t earn him a few enemies, then his overseeing of the departure of many of the Times’s sports columnists and local beat reporters certainly didn’t go over well in the department.  During his tenure Jolly moved Sports of the Times columnist Harvey Araton to a general features writer position and had a hand in the 2007 retirements of columnists Dave Anderson and Ira Berkow.
Jolly has seen the Times reduce their sports coverage from a stand-alone section marked by a personalized front page to a five day a week complement to the business section.  He will begin work as a night news editor in January.  No word has been given on Jolly’s replacement.
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