… but that effing Open Records law is hitting on all cylinders.
The University of Georgia is taking full advantage of the new open records law for athletics passed by state legislators after football coach Kirby Smart discussed with them the “difference” in play at his new program with competitors…
Among information requested the school’s Division of Marketing & Communications has not responded to yet under the new law except to acknowledge receipt of the request:
• A Sept. 5 request for the latest multimedia rights deal for Georgia athletics with IMG College and JMI Sports. The Sports Business Journal reported the school signed a 10-year contract. Georgia would not provide the financial arrangement of the deal that runs through 2026 without going through open records. The school made an average of $11 million a year under the previous contract.
• An Aug. 13 request for any communication about Alabama football graduate transfer Maurice Smith with the Southeastern Conference, Alabama or Smith and/or his family. In a much-publicized case, the SEC granted a waiver for Smith to play immediately for Georgia. He is a starting defensive back.
• A July 5 request for the amount of money Georgia spent to recruit College of Southern Idaho basketball transfer Pape Diatta who signed with the school. Assistant coach Jonas Hayes travelled to Senegal to visit the player’s mother. Asked in October if he could estimate how much a trip like that cost, head men’s basketball coach Mark Fox said: “I’m going to guess it probably cost $1,500. He just flew there. I think he did get a hotel room just to take a shower but he was only there, not even for 24 hours.”
My only question is where is the national championship Casey Cagle promised us when the bill passed. I mean, they’re winning, aren’t they?