Episode 17: Tony Barnhart | Mr. College Football & SEC Network TV Studio Analyst

Episode 17: Tony Barnhart | Mr. College Football and SEC Network TV Studio Analyst

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Rich Take On Sports

Show Notes:

  • Rich Spotlight: Tony Barnhart
    • Prediction for college football top 4:
      • Alabama
      • Ohio St.
      • Florida St.
      • USC
    • National Champion Prediction:
      • Alabama
    • Grew up in small town in Georgia (Union Point)
    • Fell in love with baseball early on but once he went to a football game at the University of Georgia he was hooked on football
    • Went to Georgia Southern because he wanted to be away from Athens which felt too close to home
    • Planned on being a PE teacher until he saw a salary chart for teacher’s salary in the state of Georgia and had second thoughts
    • Saw an ad on the student board for help in the Sports Department for the school newspaper and inquired
    • Fell in love with seeing his name on the byline in the paper and knew he wanted to be in journalism and transferred to the University of Georgia
    • Got his first job as the one-man sports department for a small newspaper in Union, SC
    • Moved then to Greensboro, NC and had some of the best years of his career there before getting the call to join the staff for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta
    • Became the beat writer covering the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team
    • Promoted to Assistant Sports Director for AJC and learned so much on the job but was miserable not being close to the game and went back to being a beat writer for UGA in 1987
    • Most memorable games to cover have been the National Championships and the greatest game he ever saw was the Texas vs. USC game in January 2006 for the national title
    • Social media completely changed how he did his job and a relative convinced him that he should be on Twitter
    • His goal was to have 100 Followers and he now has over 122,000
    • Scott Peacock can be credited with giving Tony the name Mr. College Football after suggesting that Tony start writing a blog called “Mr. College Football”
    • Prepares by compiling binders on each team with updated information during the off-season
    • Sports completely defined his professional career and never dreamed that he would ever reach these heights
    • Will celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary on August 14th and owes a lot of his success to his wife Maria
    • Words of Wisdom from Tony: “You’ve got you got to be yourself. Figure out what works for you. Don’t try to be somebody else. Everybody’s road is different. ”
  • Weekly Words of Wisdom: “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

Social Media:

To Follow Tony Barnhart on Twitter: @MrCFB

Find Tony Barnhart on the Web: www.tonybarnhart.com


To Follow Rich Take On Sports on Twitter: @richtakesports

About the author, Richmond Weaver

Richmond, a graduate of Clemson University has been involved with sports for most of his life and developed a passion for basketball and sports at an early age. He currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen, founder of Upstate Esthetics and their three kids.

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