About me

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.

Then, with just two months warning, the P-I closed leaving me jobless, depressed and a bit disillusioned.

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.


9 responses to “About me

  1. Can’t wait, great idea Mol. 🙂

  2. Hi Molly,
    I had been wondering where you landed until I saw the URL for your blog in a comment thread following a piece by your “colleague and former rival”. While at the PI you kindly answered a couple of questions I posed and I greatly appreciated that.

    Glad to hear you’ve found gainful employment doing something you enjoy. Will follow your comments on future Dawg exploits.

    My take on the AZ game: A win is a win, but if I were Sark, I’d be very concerned. Our pass defense is just plain bad. Muffed punts, dropped passes, poor kickoff coverage–lots to work on.

    All the best,

  3. Wow, that’s interesting. So the old town has drawn you back once again ? I just left it three years ago and I can honestly say I don’t miss it one bit. What a great opportunity you have though going to school and teaching at the same time . Sounds like a chance in a life time. How are your parents? What’s “little Joey” up to these days?

  4. Hey Molly, good to see that you landed at home. It’s been a homecoming for me as well this year, as I am back at PLNU as Assoc. AD. You might remember Ethan Hamilton (he is a PL SI alum like you), he is the AD and we have a great time working together.
    You will be a great teacher!! Keep up the good work and stay in touch.

  5. Lydia Lavelle

    Hello cousin! Happened upon your blog today. I love it – maybe we can catch up the next time I am in Athens. Lyd

  6. Great seeing you writing on Seattle Sports again. Keep it coming!

  7. Molly,
    Just found your site; nice little blog.
    My sympathy for the PI, it had a very nice sports page while I grew up in Seattle in 60’s & 70’s. You are in a great area to enjoy the next College FB season; hope you enjoy it. Hope school goes well too . . .

    Best Regards,
    Mike (HuskyInExile)

  8. Molly,

    Thanks for supporting the Huskies. Things are getting a lot better here with Sark and you will enjoy the new Husky era from the Midwest. Sorry you could not experience this in person!



  9. Great job on the Blog Molly………….
    May 2015 being a healthy, happy, & fulfilling year.

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