In 2009, I started the year as a sports writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. I covered the Washington Huskies football team, had just broken a story on the hiring of the defensive coordinator and felt like I was on a professional and personal roll.
So, I packed up my stuff, left my home, friends and moved to Athens, Ohio (which — completely coincidentally — is also my hometown). I figured it’d be a one-year stopgap at Ohio University before some publication would need a slightly-used sports writer with lots of opinions and a blistering keyboard. But something unexpected happened…
I fell in love with teaching, stuck around Ohio to earn a Ph.D. and am now a professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
Still, I will never be able to get away from sports writing, from the media business and the journalistic lifestyle. How fortunate am I that my new career insists that I don’t?
I am a different person than I was when I was a sports writer. I am more critical of the arena I used to cover. I am more skeptical of the culture in which we live. I have embraced my mistakes and am sharing what I’ve learned with students who I hope are much smarter than I was.
That’s what I’m trying to do at Quinnipiac University — and on this blog. I hope you’ll read about the journey.