You can lead a newspaper to troll, but you can’t make it click bait.

Hey, guess what?  Mike Griffith has a warning for us, Dawgnation.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart didn’t come right out and say it, but the Bulldogs have leadership questions to answer this offseason.

Ooh.  Tell us more, Mike.

Veterans Jim Chaney and Mel Tucker provided leadership and expertise Smart’s first three years as head coach, so it makes sense some will speculate on how their departure affects the team.

“Some will”.  In the immortal words of Peggy Noonan, it would be irresponsible not to speculate.  And if there’s one way to characterize Dawgnation — the website, not the fan base — it’s responsible.

Other leadership questions emerged after the arrest of sophomore defensive back Latavious Brini last Thursday night. The reserve defensive back allegedly assaulted an innocent 23-year-old man.

Smart and his players often talk about being player-led, and how teammates watch out for one another and stay focused on the tasks at hand.

Smart issued a statement last week  indicating he will keep Brini on the team.

They’re doomed, I tells ‘ya, doomed.  You heard it there first.  But probably not last.


UPDATE:  If you want to see a contrast in business models, read Seth Emerson’s ($$) take on the same topic.  Amazing what not having to chase clicks can do for sports journalism.

Also, this is an interesting point:

But now Smart, in his fourth year as a head coach, has banked largely on himself and his younger staff: When Smart took over, he was younger than all but two of his assistant coaches. Now Smart, 43, is older than all but four of them.

I would take that as a sign of man who’s grown more comfortable in his head coaching clothes.  And recruiting, of course.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

16 responses to “You can lead a newspaper to troll, but you can’t make it click bait.

  1. Biggen

    Griffith is terrible. He needs to go work for SDS.


  2. barneydawg

    Mike Griffith and clickbait should always be used together in the same sentence…in fact, Clickbait should be his nickname. Wow, I must admit that I really miss Seth.


  3. Bill Glennon

    AJC “Reporter” Mad Lib “Article” Form:

    Headline: (Non-Sequitir, Provocative; to be Drafted by SEO Search Term algorithm Designer)

    Body (Choose from following Narratives: QB Controversy, Racial/Social Justice, Rival Coach/Fanbase is Evil, Rival Coming after UGA coaches/players, UGA commit wavering?, Player Arrest (Bonus for this one), Player Redemption, Player/Coach bad because they snapped at AJC reporter)

    Fact Checking: (twitter, comment section of Dawgvent, rival fanbase blogs, anonymous sources, unsupported narratives from other websites)

    End with Rhetorical Question.


  4. 79Dawg

    I love me some Peggy Noonan, but contra:


  5. Greg

    A UT guy with a UT slant, don’t even click on his articles anymore….and I definitely do not click on Connor Riley’s.


  6. 81Dog

    We should ask Paul. Krugman what he thinks. My guess is he predicts Kirby will be indicted if UGA fails to win the SEC.


  7. Uglydawg

    “allegedly assaulted a twenty three year old innocent man”.
    Innocent? That’s a strange word to throw in there.
    Why in the world would a writer use that adjective?
    Because he trying to sway opinion instead of stating facts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • AlphaDawg

      I’m glad i’m not the only one who took umbrage with that word / statement. It leads the reader to a conclusion that hasn’t been determined yet.


  8. Stan Darsh

    What a rag. I wouldn’t let my dog relieve itself on there. Also, don’t click on Michael Carvell’s newest article on Malkom Parrish. He ends the article with, “It was Parrish and safety Dominick Sanders that were trying to cover Alabama receiver Devonta Smith on the Crimson Tide’s game-winning touchdown for the 2017 national championship.”

    Sorry Carvell, I remember Malkom for much more than that ONE PLAY.


  9. Butler Reynolds

    It’s pretty bad. I finally had to remove them from my feed.


  10. Senator… have the snark-o-meter rollin’ today…“allegedly assaulted a twenty three year old innocent man”….Mr. Brini must been in man to man coverage!


  11. W Cobb Dawg

    We need Patton! “I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do.”

    And definitely no holding: “We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose.”