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Coaches To Become More Boring?

Last week I wrote that I believe coaches will eventually become more bland… they’ll become more careful in what they say due to increased media scrutiny. 

They’ll especially start to watch what they say to booster groups, where comments are no longer “off the record.”

Now Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that he fears coaches will become more boring, too.  And he places the blame with folks in the internet world who write about these things.

“I guess (I) have to remember that (in) the blogosphere little nuggets grow into big boulders if enough people chatter about them.  But those of us in the business learned a long time ago that the stuff said at booster meetings has to be taken with a grain of salt.  What coaches say in front of reporters is one thing.  What they say in front of the booster clubs is another.  In my opinion, you just can’t take it that seriously.  Apparently people do.”

I agree that these booster club barbs have been tossed around for years. 

“You can’t spell Citrus without U-T.”  “Free Shoes University.”  “Nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state.”

I also know that with everyone having access to a cell phone camera and the internet, the days of these comments NOT being blown up are long gone.

But while Mr. Barnhart might be right that it’s the “blogosphere” crowd who builds this stuff up (personally, I’d have gone with messageboard folks), it’s the folks in the honest-to-goodness REAL media who are now getting involved in it for the first time.

I don’t consider this site a blog. is designed to be a news site where you can come and find out what’s going on all around the league.  It’s not usually a series of “I just ate a taco” personal posts.

And being that we link to REAL media sources (television stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines) 99.9% of the time and that I am in the actual media and have been since 1991, I feel that I can comment on this:

The line between REAL media and the blogosphere is disappearing.  Quickly. 

For example, if you’ve read anything on this site about jokes and digs made by Steve Spurrier, Lane Kiffin, Dan Mullen or Urban Meyer (and you have), it’s been because I’ve linked to a tv, radio, newspaper or magazine story covering those comments.  Not because I’ve linked to a blog or a messageboard.

Again, perhaps the mainstream media has to step in and cover the furor because fans have gotten the ball rolling on their own sites, but it’s still being covered by the REAL media.

So while I agree with Mr. Barnhart that coaches are likely to become more guarded in what they say and that these booster club comments shouldn’t bring down the wrath of God upon a coach’s head, I also know that it’s not just bloggers and fans who are pushing these stories.

It’s the REAL media, too.  Yes, even “those of us in the business” who “learned a long time ago that the stuff said at booster meetings has to be taken with a grain of salt.”

As always, a thought-provoking piece from Mr. Barnhart.


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