It’s that time of year again when nobody really knows how good their football team is and coaches are going to extremes to limit media access and make sure as little information as possible gets out to evil, unicorn-blood-drinking sportswriters and then into enemy hands.
Closed practices/information blackout policies have become the norm. One exception – amusingly -- is the Naval Academy, which actually knows something about state secrets. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy's highly successful coach, even allows his assistants to speak to the media, explaining to the Washington Post, "I mean, they’re all grown men. If I couldn’t trust them talking to the media, how the heck can I trust them to work for me?"
This man is the exception to my belief that football coaches collectively are the most paranoid individuals on earth.
Truth is, even if every practice was open and everybody was made available to the media, we would still be guessing about the strength of teams going into this season. But most agree on what the biggest questions are. The following are mine for five teams: Falcons, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Kennesaw State:
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