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Thursday, July 31, 2008

So long, Josh

I just wanted to take a quick minute to post something because yesterday was Josh Kendall's last day with The Telegraph.

I know many of you have been reading his work for a decade or more, and since I first moved to Georgia three years ago, I've done the same. I covered UGA for two years at the Albany Herald, and while I'd like to think I did a pretty good job given the limitations of the position, I never had any doubt that Josh was the best reporter on the beat.

During SEC Media Days last week, I sat and chatted with Josh in the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel one night, and he literally said hello to almost everyone who walked by. He knew them all -- from reporters, to coaches, to various school staff... everyone.

Obviously, as a journalist, I pay close attention to what's going on around the newspaper industry, and I'm always saddened to see a good reporter leave. That seems to be happening a lot lately. But I think Josh's loss is a particularly big one for Georgia fans.

Having said that, I look at the work he has done over the years, and consider it a challenge to live up to that standard. I think it will probably be an impossible standard at times, but however large the shoes I have to fill, I'm glad to have the opportunity to do it.

In any case, I just wanted to use this space to thank Josh for all the work he's done, and hope you'll use the comments section here to do the same.

1 comment:

Dawgfan1307 said...


After reading the ESPN interview with CMR, the question about punt/kickoff returner this year interested me. I don't know if you have any insight, but I've heard CMR was concerned about our secondary being thinner than he would like against the spread offenses many of our opponents will run. In the interview, he said he would limit Asher Allen to either kick offs or punts, but that he wouldn't be doing both as he did last season. To make a short point long, is there any talk about having our "stud" of a back-up RB Caleb King our #1 return guy?

Thanks for any insight you can give, and I look forward to reading your blog as much as I did Ching's last year.