"When it was over, I didn't really know what to do. It was 2011, The Trust was not a thing at this point so that wasn't yet an option for me," Poole said. "I would talk to my family, but those relationships changed because they didn't understand the dynamics of the transition from professional sports to the real world. I didn’t have the tools or the development to be able to go into a new chapter and let football go."
Not knowing what else to do, Poole filled his time with things he was familiar with: training and coaching. Going back to school was far from his mind as he worked his way down different career avenues, trying to find a new passion.
"Going back to school was one of those things I just couldn't see. I blamed a lot of things on not going back right away," Poole detailed. "I said it would take too long, or that it meant I would have to pick up and go back to USC. The ultimate things holding me back were personal: guilt, resentment, not having the ability to let go of the past, etc."