One media practice that I have never really understood is the obsession with reporting on injuries after every single practice session. It seems like every post practice interview has someone in the media asking about why a player was limited in practice, or why he didn’t participate in a drill, or why he had a different colored jersey that signified he had certain limitations due to being banged up a bit.
I understand the frustrated coaches who don’t want to comment on that type of stuff, and who believe in having some personal privacy for their players, and those coaches normally have the policy that they simply won’t comment on player injuries. They keep it black and white. Others are an open book with it. Just depends on personal preference.
However, at Georgia Kirby Smart is reportedly instituting a new policy on members f the media reporting on injuries:
Beginning today, injuries — non-contact jerseys and injuries seen in front of media — can't be reported until Kirby Smart is asked.
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) April 18, 2017
Surely, Smart could care less about the negative light that will likely be cast on him because of this approach. Some will call it paranoid, others will see it as him protecting his players, and that’s just the start.
Smart has his reasons for the new policy, but a number of media immediately voiced mixed opinions on the matter ranging from laughter, to supportive, to indifferent, to downright pissed.
Georgia football was one of the top media-friendly programs under Richt. B/c fans view correlation as causation, Kirby can do what he wants
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 18, 2017
is “losing to a meh Georgia Tech team” an injury or a chronic condition https://t.co/ZdalXl06iL
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) April 18, 2017
College football coaches are the most paranoid people on earth. https://t.co/OShG9wtAIE
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) April 18, 2017
Man, Kirby is better than this. https://t.co/doebKQw4IP
— Dave Miller (@Miller_Dave) April 18, 2017
Fuck them https://t.co/locoIaseXA
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) April 18, 2017
sure that'll stop em https://t.co/tbUDFRU4Bx
— CONWAY TWEETY (@edsbs) April 18, 2017
What does this mean for coaches? It’s just one more way to approach the daily question they field on the status of their guys. It’s safe to say it probably won’t make you any friends in the media, but it’s one way to let your guys in the locker room know you’ve got their back and that their parents won’t have to read about their injury on a website, blog or message board before they hear it from them.