Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

An early look at the new direction

If you’re wondering what they’ll be saying about the decision to hire Kirby Smart if things don’t click in Athens for him, have no fear.  The good football watching citizens of Montana have already been whispering in Stewart Mandel’s ear.

Georgia: Hired Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. It’s easy to see why Georgia would covet the former Dawgs safety-turned Nick Saban protege. It’s a bit puzzling, though, why AD Greg McGarity put all his chips on a first-time head coach rather than conduct a search befitting a consensus Top 10 job. Smart has all the necessary training. Whether he has the chops to be an SEC head coach long term is unclear.  [Emphasis added.]

I dunno.  Will “the Dawg ate the search firm’s homework” make for a satisfactory defense to that criticism?

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“We used to get to know the kids.”

This is a sad tale of how media access to college players and coaches is slowly being choked off.

Billy Watkins of the Clarion-Ledger vented about his frustrations in a column about covering college football in Mississippi. In an email to me, Watkins wrote:

“I’m doing a big profile of a player at Navy. He is a senior from Mississippi. They have bent over backward getting me anything and everything I need for the story. They lined me up a 45-minute phone interview with him. They also set up an interview with the Navy head coach.

“It took me five months last year to get into the office of Ole Miss’ coach. And we’re the largest paper in the state. I’m sorry, but the subject kind of works me up.”

I know a lot of you have little sympathy for the media these days, but I gotta tell you as someone who blogs about the sport with no contact at all to the program, the beat writers make a valuable contribution to what I can glean about things.  I also think the piece makes a good point about players learning the skill of dealing with the media.

Sure, there’s always a risk of something dumb being said.  But that’s just as real, if not more so, on social media.  Bottom line, a lot of this sounds like typical control issues.  Which, as I started here, is kinda sad.

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Now this is how you troll.

Behold, a master at work.

Tell me you’re not thinking about clicking on that link.

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Today’s random question

What’s the over/under on the number of times Uncle Verne and Gary discuss Georgia, Kirby Smart and Mark Richt during the SECCG broadcast tomorrow?

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Mark Bradley and Greg McGarity

Get a room, you two.

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Rolling with Mr. Conventional Wisdom

Tony Barnhart is always there when you need him.

And he’ll be there to defend the suit who fires McGarity one day, if that should happen.

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Stay classy, AJ-C.

This may be a new low.

Good times, eh?

And you wonder why you get the crap thrown your way that you do.

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