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Ohio State's Mark Titus, right, and Northwestern's Mike Capocci fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Northwestern 76-56. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ohio State's Mark Titus, right, and Northwestern's Mike Capocci fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Northwestern 76-56. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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It's called an AMA — ask me anything. It's a popular type of thread on Reddit. And when former Ohio State basketball player and college basketball writer Mark Titus agreed to be the one answering questions, he didn't think Redditers would really ask him anything.

Someone asked him, "What makes you happy besides college basketball?" And the answer revealed something Titus had kept hidden for a long time.

"I kind of made a name for myself my last two years of college. I would write these blogs about funny things I would do. And then I would just lay in my bed and cry. And I would say those two years and then probably the one or two years after — all of it was rock bottom, which is weird 'cuz that was the time when I would try and be this guy who just didn’t take anything seriously, and I’m just here to have fun and keep the mood light and that sort of thing.

Titus says his dogs Moses and Ozzie have been key in his life. (Courtesy of Mark Titus)
Titus says his dogs Moses and Ozzie have been key in his life. (Courtesy of Mark Titus)

"It’s almost like you don’t want the depression to kind of seep through so you’re just building up wall after wall after wall. And you’re always trying to be funny because if you just try to not be funny and be a normal person then there’s a chance that you’ll let something slip, and then everyone will know what you’re going through."

Titus tells his story, In His Own WordsTo hear the full story, click the play button below the headline at the top of the page. 

This segment aired on February 20, 2016.

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