“When you go into one of these things, I don’t want to say that you have to be prepared to fail, but there have been a few times where you sort of have to look over the edge of the cliff. You do have to be prepared for that emotionally, because it might not work. But hopefully it won’t come to that.”

It didn’t come to that. He started work last Monday.

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Michael Meyer is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter at @mcm_nm.