Sometimes I get in the habit of burying the lede of a story for dramatic effect. Not this time.

My current contract with USA Today ends today, which essentially concludes my association with, the website that I founded over 18 years ago.

I will no longer be writing this Fanalytics column, contributing to Master Notes or responding to reader questions on the HQ Forums. You will no longer find my byline on any USA Today publication. I will no longer represent in any official capacity. As of tomorrow, I am a free agent.

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