Daily Archives: March 24, 2016

I haz a sad over Alabama happy talk.

Tide players just luuuve their new defensive coordinator.  Sounds like a problem – for Georgia.

“I mean, he brings a different kind of energy,” outside linebacker Ryan Anderson said. “He’s definitely more of a players’ coach. A lot of the guys are more willing to sell out for the guy because he’s willing to do it for us. It’s a different style.”

PAWWWLLL!  Kirby’s not enough of a players’ coach!!  They’re not gonna sell out for him like they did for Pruitt!!!

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Kirby Smart, lobbyist

This stuff just gets buttah and buttah.

Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart is the highest paid state employee in Georgia at a salary of $3.75 million per year. Along with the money the position brings is the influence — by his own recourse or not — of having a beneficial amendment added to a Georgia Senate bill that will allow for state athletics associations to delay the release of open records

So how does such an amendment involving the delayed release of open records from college athletics departments show up in a bill dealing with economic development that late? Tom Krause, the chief of staff of state Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, who presented SB 323 to the Senate, gave an answer to the question.

“It’s a similar subject that, from what I understand, came to light through Kirby Smart at UGA,” Krause said in a phone interview with The Telegraph. “It had to do with football teams or athletic departments that are recruiting people in state of Georgia. They had a (shorter) window where the documents were not yet public, but other states had 90 days.”

Whether Smart or the Georgia athletics department had anything to do with this bill has yet to be confirmed. Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity and the university through a spokesperson both deferred comment…

No comment?  Maybe Greg is finally wising up.

Which doesn’t mean we won’t hear the question being asked further.

Smart isn’t scheduled to speak with reporters until Tuesday. It’s yet another hot-topic issue his name has been tied to — the first being a change in stance regarding Georgia players wishing to transfer from the football program.

One can only hope that Kirby’s doing a better job of constructing an explanation than we heard at his last presser.  In any event, for a man who’s been on the job less than three months, he’s covering a helluva lot of bases.

Final word on this, though, belongs in the political sphere.  Take it away, Mr. Lieutenant Governor.

“I hope it brings us a national championship,” Cagle said. “That’s what I hope.”

Sadly, I suspect that’s how most of those folks think.  As I like to say, we get the government we deserve.

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UPDATE:  So much for that “level playing field” BS.

Georgia’s current law is that a school must produce a requested record within three days, or provide a timetable at that time. A bill that Ehrhart co-sponsored is now on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk, and would expand that to 90 days. That would severely hinder the ability of the media to provide real-time watchdog ability on athletics departments and teams, according to media members and open records advocates.

A survey of other state bylaws show that most others in the SEC’s footprint have pretty short response times:

  • Tennessee: Seven days.
  • South Carolina: Fifteen days.
  • Mississippi: Seven days to respond and acknowledge the receipt of the request. Fourteen days to fulfill it.
  • Louisiana: Three days.
  • Texas: Ten days.
  • Missouri: Three days.
  • Kentucky: Three days.

In all of the above cases, those are business days, excluding weekends and holidays.

Florida and Alabama don’t have specific time frames in their statutes, but use “reasonable” as the standard.  As you can imagine, reasonableness is in the eye of the beholder.  And even including those cases, Georgia is doing something special in comparison.

But where Georgia will be unique is in having a separate state law for athletic departments, with protecting the Bulldogs – and specifically its football team – the stated aim.

Go Dawgs!

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Bad for Mickey’s business

Disney is threatening Nathan Deal with a boycott if Deal signs the religious liberty bill into law.  On its face, that affects Georgia’s movie bidness, although for the bill’s supporters, that might be more of a feature than a bug.  (Ed Kilgore notes there’s always been a little tension between culture and Mammon when it comes to handing out those movie-making tax credits:  “It’s becoming a regular amusement to watch right-wing politicians who blame Hollywood and its godless liberals and Jews for poisoning American culture turn around and offer to help pay for all the filth so long as it is produced locally.”)

That’s not what I’m really interested in, though.  Disney owns ESPN.  Is it possible the hostility could trickle down to there in some form or fashion?  As we’ve seen in Louisiana, mentioning that college football could be affected by state policy is at least perceived as being an effective threat.  I don’t know if that translates over to Georgia and this bill, but does anyone really want to chance that?

As Ed concludes, “Hollywood is influential in Georgia. But football is holy.”

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Culture shock: a reader poll

If you’re interested, you might give a listen to this podcast of Seth Emerson with SI.com’s Zac Ellis, where they spend some time discussing the changes at Georgia’s football program in the aftermath of Kirby Smart’s hire  [HINT:  TRANSFER POLICY!], and how the fan base is reacting to that.

The gist is summarized in a question:  “Is Smart being too cutthroat or is that what Georgia needs to get back on top of the SEC?”  Seth is a little more diplomatic in how he phrases that, but in any event, it sure sounds to me like an invitation for a reader poll.

(The third option is for those of you who think there’s more light than heat being generated here.)

Obviously, feel free to elaborate in the comments.

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Must see spring TV

With the exception of Ole Miss, every SEC team will have a spring game broadcast.  (Mississippi is in the midst of stadium construction.)  If you really want to watch them all, Capstone Report has a handy dandy list of times, networks and broadcast teams for you here.

In case you were wondering, it’s another example of Alabama’s world and we’re all living in it.  The Tide is the only team that will have its game shown on ESPN.  It’s also grabbed a 3PM time slot, which means it’s going to overlap with three other spring games, including Georgia’s.  C’est la vie.  Overlapping college football, even a meaningless spring scrimmage, is better than no college football at all, amirite?

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How can you tell when the risk of head injuries is a reality?

When you’ve got companies marketing themselves to provide special treatment to former NFL players with dementia.

The free market is speaking.  Clearly.

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