Some consider a new law that makes Georgia the most restrictive state in the country with regard to responding to open records requests a win for the UGA football program. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle hopes it yields big results for Bulldogs football.
“I hope it brings us a national championship is what I hope,” Cagle said before the bill passed, according to Marc Weiszer of AthensOnline.
The law, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday, means that athletic departments at Georgia universities no longer have to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests within three days, and can now wait as many as 90 business days. The advantage for universities is that it will be easier to conceal which players are being recruited, State Rep. Earl Ehrhart told 11Alive News.
While new UGA coach Kirby Smart spoke with Georgia legislators about the bill, he downplayed his role in its passage, and said it’s “ridiculous” that some are calling it “Kirby’s law.”
“I had very little to do with that,” Smart said on AM 680 The Fan. “I made a visit to the state capitol. I was asked about some things that were different. … From there everybody’s taken it and run with it.”
UGA athletic director Greg McGarity lauded the bill because he said the school’s athletic department was overwhelmed with records requests and can now “respond in a timely manner.”