Before the 2011-12 NCAA Basketball started, I had a coffee and a few giggles with Randy McClure, RushTheCourt.net's bossman and a spectacular guy. I reaffirmed my commitment to helping his site by covering the SEC regardless of my ongoing personal issues at the time. By December 2011 -- after producing a column that I consider one of my finest works as a writer -- my issues overwhelmed me in ways that I didn't want to admit to myself or to others.
Instead of being honest with Randy, I over-promised and under-delivered or didn't deliver at all. My actions put an unfair burden on Randy and the other writers at RTC. Especially unfairly burdened was Co-SEC Microsite blogger Brian Joyce who essentially ran the site himself during the whole conference season.
That's the kind of bullshit you might expect from a stupid fresh-out-of-college kid or high-school-aged recruiting wonk. I'm too old and supposedly too mature for either of those categories. Professional writers deal with personal issues like any other working professional would: Open and honestly. Randy, Brian and RTC deserved to be treated professionally. I didn't do that, and I am truly ashamed of my past actions.
Randy, Brian and other RTC folks have been publicly gracious with me via Twitter. Consumate professionals as always. I appreciate their kindess towards me and will be eternally grateful for suffering through my season of incompleteness.