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.