Let me say that I don’t get this at all.
An absolutely beautiful day greeted the Georgia Bulldogs as they gathered on Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday for their second of 15 spring practices. But don’t ask me what they’re doing or what they looked like. I wouldn’t know.
Interestingly, UGA is providing fewer than 10 minutes of practice observation time for media that covers the team. Practices generally run about 90 to 120 minutes. Same for this past Tuesday. It was initially supposed to be a full 10 minutes but Georgia’s sports communication personnel began directing reporters and their camera phones off the practice field with four minutes left in the last designated period.
Seth Emerson says much the same thing.
It’s weird, not because I’m asking for Florida/South Carolina levels of access (although that would certainly be nice), but because I can’t imagine they’re doing any more this early in the spring than spending the bulk of their time on fundamentals. What’s the big deal that needs hiding?
And before you engage in media bashing here, consider Seth’s point: “In the long run, it’s the public that misses out here if the media isn’t able to do its job. Hopefully the situation will improve, but if not less media access ultimately means less stories.”
I’m just your random unofficial blogger. I depend on what the beat guys are able to draw out to post about the program in a meaningful way. So if they can’t get as much access, I can’t write as much. And that’s the other part of this that makes no sense. You’ve got a new defensive staff that’s got most of us excited. Promotion would seem to be the order of the day. Why give us less than ever?
You think that’s no big deal? See if this whets your appetite for more.
That gets my juices flowing. But that’s all there is.