When you’ve lost Mr. Conventional Wisdom…

I thought I was done posting about the Open Records law change, but then Tony Barnhart (“Are you $%^&* kidding me?”  No, really!) pulled me back in.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery

28 responses to “When you’ve lost Mr. Conventional Wisdom…

  1. Go Dawgs!

    http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/31604602/butch-jones-phone-records-show-calls-with-players-police-after-rape-accusations

    I bet good ol’ Butch Jones wishes that Tennessee would change their pesky open records laws, too! This is the sort of pesky media snooping that Georgia now gets to delay for three whole months! But let’s make sure that the AJC can’t learn how much they’re spending on private jets. I’m sure that the people in charge of our department would never lie to us about their role in a criminal case, so there’s no reason for the media to be able to fact check their bullshit in any kind of a timely manner. After all, OUR guys wear red and black shirts!

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    • That’s the point in all these. If FSU, PSU, ND and many others can get away with it (for awhile i.e.), why not UGA. I’m not referring to sexual assaults or theft allegations, but if Todd Gurley and AJ Green were protected somehow, GA seasons of past could have been different. Esp. The kind of (crime?) both were accused of by the NCAA. Not arguing here, just saying. It’s it too easy for NCAA to use UGA as the fall guy.

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      • The idea that lengthening FOIA requirements would have any impact on the NCAA investigations of Todd Gurley and AJ Green is fantastic satire. Wait – you’re serious?

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        • Responding to the NCAA and responding to an open records requests are two different beasts are they not??

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          • Well yeah – that’s my point. This change in FOIA law would have ZERO impact on the NCAA happenings with Todd Gurley and AJ Green. This law doesn’t “protect” them at all from an NCAA investigation that originated outside of the UGA athletic department.

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            • You are correct. But wouldn’t it give McGarity more time to craft a better public response should he decide to take the time to do so. We know how badly the public response from McGarity about the Gurley incident went. Was that because he was under the gun to provide the information as per the old law or is he just ‘bad’ these kind of events?

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              • Was that because he was under the gun to provide the information as per the old law or is he just ‘bad’ these kind of events?

                He’s just bad. An FOIA request doesn’t compel you to hold a press conference or perform an interview with Mark Bradley where you come off looking like a dunce in both situations.

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      • What? Gurley’s infractions came to light when the autograph dealer went to the press himself. AJ Green’s infractions came when the NCAA was looking into a TMZ report about college players partying on an agent’s tab in South Beach. TMZ reported AJ was there (he wasn’t) but in the course of proving that he wasn’t there the NCAA asked him about a check he deposited. Then AJ showed him his FB page where he sold one of jersey’s to friend who just happened to be the runner for agent and later a cocaine dealer.

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      • Just a note…ND can get away with it because it is not a public institution.

        Unless, of course, you’re talking about the University of North Dakota.

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    • heyberto

      I just don’t care if they pass this or not. I don’t care who initiated it. I’m enjoying the doublespeak out of McGarity, just because it’s entertaining… I’d care if they were removing media’s access.. but the other thing I’m enjoying is listening to Dawgnation bitch about this incessantly, trying to convince us we’re being slighted, etc., etc. Of course they’re going to do that.. it affects their livelihood. Watching them squirm about it is pretty damn satisfying. Dawgnation is a little friendlier of an outlet for the AJC than their primary sports page, but guilt by association and all that.

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  2. TN Dawg

    There is always hope.

    Maybe Disney will threaten a boycott if GORA doesn’t remain at 3 days.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m telling you, that boy Kirby has got the juice!

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  4. JarvisCrowell

    I just hope this circus isn’t distracting Kirby or the team from spring practice. It’s certainly been hurting my work productivity.

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  5. Dog in Fla

    Kirby Smart the Accidental Lobbyist: “There will be growth in the Spring”

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  6. Bright Idea

    When Kirby was hired I told folks he better be large and in charge, something Richt wasn’t. Little did I realize how in charge he would be and allowed to be. If you are looking for any joy in this, Mike Adams’ gut must be churning.

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  7. TN Dawg

    I don’t see what the big deal is that the football coach is pushing legislation. We let movie studios do the same.

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  8. 3rdandGrantham

    I’m not buying for a second that Tony Barnhart wrote that article. After all:

    –There was no unabashed praise for the SEC and Greg Sankey anywhere in that piece
    –No cheap shots were taken at Jim Harbaugh
    –No hypocritical or otherwise illogical statements could be found anywhere
    –Absolutely zero references concerning the importance of cherishing student athletes’ free time in the spring, which have been utterly trampled on by Harbaugh and the Big 10 conf.

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    • Derek

      I think it’s good to know that Barnhart isn’t an indiscriminate ass kisser. He just kisses the asses that help him line his pockets.

      The article is clearly directed at shielding the school and its agents and blaming the politicians for the fiasco. Much like a broken watch is right twice a day, Tony probably is on to something here. Is it that much of a reach for Kirby to have said something innocuous and then these roaches decided to act like they were helping and could take credit? Sounds like politicians at work to me. Greg’s hesitancy to say anything and kirbys single vague answer is designed so as to not say what Tony wrote in the article. Wouldn’t shock me if the Department didn’t contact Tony to write this to get the heat re-directed where it belongs. Of course they can’t say “these asshats are needlessly making us look bad when the truth is that this entire matter is on these scumbags trying to act like they can play a role in our football team’s success.” They can’t because those assholes have a lot of power.

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  9. TnDawg

    Aint this horse dead? Good grief!

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  10. Semper Fi Dawg

    If only this was signed in 2008, we’d have at least 4 trophies in our case, right? I mean b/c this law actually enabled the Bama players and coaches to excel at the X’s and O’s obviously. Why did I just waste the last 2 minutes of my life on this?

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  11. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Okay, man you are now in league with Tony Barnhart. Doesn’t that make you stop and think? Is it time for an intervention? 😉

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