A highlight from Hour 4: Josh Brooks & Chris Doering
The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. We are back. Final hour and we're not done yet. Coach Kirby's more joining us a few minutes ago and certainly igniting and fighting the crowd here, but we now have Josh Brooks and we've had a chance to talk to a couple of times. No longer exactly the new kid on the block. I said that after we saw the Backstreet Boys a minute ago, but you've been in the shop for a while. Most of the year in the Josh, how's it going? It's going great. You know, 9 months in. You know, you really want to get to that year mark to where you can say you've seen a full calendar year. I know I've grade a lot, you know, I want to see one of those photos like they do a president year one, present year four, maybe you're 8, and then really see how many gray hairs have came in. But I've had to shave the beard because the beard had gotten so gray that I really needed to get rid of it. And the last time you were on somebody posted on social media picture of you and I think it was Ted Cruz. And it went viral. Yeah, so I've made a concerted effort to do everything I could to remove that look. So I had the beard first. Yeah. Then he grew a beer. So I got rid of the beard, lost a little weight, added glasses, so I'm trying to do everything I can to dispel to get away from that look. I think it was lily, your wife, I ran into her earlier. And she was having a great time showing your niece around campus and I was thinking something tells me you're not cruising through a Friday afternoon with on homecoming weekend. Now it's been a busy day and these are for me these are important weekends, especially every time we get recruits on campus. And from all sports. So I met with track records this morning, women's basketball courts this afternoon. Any chance I can get to help in the recruiting process, no matter the sport, it's big for me to show that availability in the show, the passion from the AD of how important it is that we want to succeed in every sport. And Josh, it's so easy. It's so interesting because there was a time. And I'm talking many, many years ago when I remember being in college and you'd go see the AD and it was usually the former football coach. And that was the case here, although I would not classify Vince Dewey in the category of the former football. As we all know, coach doi is a genius on a hundred different levels. But this job is so different now. I'm not trying to say it isn't fun. But it's almost like you're on Wall Street trying to balance a budget fundraise nonstop, dealing with a thousand legal technical issues. I don't mean to make it. But it is not easy. It's more of a CEO role, but at the same time, I think one of the advantages I bring to this role is I came up through the equipment room as a student manager came up as a graduate assistant coach, director of football operations, so I've seen that led part of many different levels before I started working in administration, so I bring a perspective of being on the coaching side, being a student worker, and now we have administrative side, which gives me a balance. So when we talk with a coach, or meet with a coach and we're discussing needs versus once, I have a greater understanding of why something's important because I've been in the trenches for coaches, and coaches are going to fight for every advantage they can, because whether it's recruiting or whether it's to get their team ready, they're trying to find that edge. So I think you do find more administrators who maybe didn't play or maybe didn't ever coach. But that's why I'm proud of my past experience. I think it gives me an edge and helping to understand what my relationship with coaches. I ask Kirby smart this question and about NIO because we all thought that would be the topic du jour time we got together with administrators. But from your standpoint, I know, I know compliance is probably the first layer you have to deal with. But how has that gone so far? I think it's going pretty well. You know, it's still evolving day to day. The rules and how each school is applying how they're using it. But I think it's gone for the most part how we expected. And I think that what we're seeing now is early on, it was heavy football, it's because it was right around the beginning of football season, but now you're starting to see it open up another sports. We're at a point now where I think every student athlete from each sport has now has some format in IL deal. And I think that will continue to grow. So I won't ever say it's going exactly how we expected, but for the most part. But again, it's just evolving day to day. I'm curious about compliance because I know that's a really critical part of an athletic department to be compliant to deal with and they're very complex issues. I mean, somebody can walk down the street and be in jeopardy or breaking an NCAA violation. But how difficult is it or is it difficult to preach compliance, what you have to do while student athletes are making money in a completely different venue, but it's still seems like the line is being blurred. Yeah, you know, it's always stressful when you think about you have over 540 student athletes, 300 employees. It's a lot of people to manage to make sure everyone's doing the right thing. Thankfully, we have a great phenomenal compliance team lebow will Lawler who's got experience with the southeastern conference. He's got experience of the schools. His leadership in that department has been phenomenal with us. We've also partnered with groups that have helped us with the education process. And I think we've done a lot of programming and our kids have asked a lot of good questions. So I've been very proud of how they've bought in and ask the right questions and stayed on the forefront of these issues. So there really had been a lot of surprises or things that we have made on anticipate. Josh, what one thing that fans are always, I'm sure when you're walking around and they say, hey, what about the schedule? What about this? And George, obviously plays the creme de la creme. I mean, it started the season with Clemson. What is or is there a basic approach to Georgia schedule from this moment on? Well, thankfully, we have a head coach and coach smart, who believes in playing tough competition. And he's willing to go schedule those big matchups like beginning of the year with our match of eclipsing in Charlotte in future games. You look at our schedule for the next ten to 12 years. We've got a lot of big matchups, and he believes it makes our team better. And I think that as we look to the potential 12 team playoff, I think it's going to do it's going to serve us well to have that stronger schedule that we could turn back to and say, we weren't afraid we wouldn't step up and play great opponents. And I think that's his mindset. I'm thankful to have a coach that thinks that way. And hopefully it'll lead to other coaches doing the same. Because I do think at the end of the day, it's better for college football. It's better for our conference. It's better for the fans to have those key matchups. And I'm just guessing another question that athletic director is like you get. And I know there's no answer, but I'll ask you anything. What is the SEC going to look like when that day comes, whether it's in two years or four or 5 years when Texas and Oklahoma joined the league? We're also conditioned in knowing what the east looks like, what the house looks like with the rivalry games look like what the crossovers look like. But it probably won't look that way.