Those of you who are sickened by the thought of reading another post about the Open Records law can assume I’m just screwing with you and skip what follows to avoid upsetting your delicate sensibilities even further, but the rest of you might find this comparison either amusing or obnoxious, depending on your level of cynicism.
And that’s exactly why the proposed Georgia law is so egregious. It may be intended to hide recruiting activities, which, okay, sounds pretty bad already, but the practical effect is that it could kill legitimate reporting on serious or even criminal issues within an athletic program in the name of keeping up with the competition. Even better, it gives the athletic departments of Georgia universities more time to respond to information requests than the National Security Agency generally requires.
Yessir. If you accept Rep. Earhart’s insistence about the bill’s purpose (“The pure and only intention on this is… so people don’t have access to find out who our schools are recruiting”) at face value, I guess you could say the Georgia General Assembly takes the threat of Nick Saban’s recruiting more seriously than national security.
And to think some people have the nerve to question Southerners’ perspective about college football. Sheesh.