I really, truly don't think that there is much relationship between how a coach treats the media and either school image or recruiting. Ross was no winner with the media either. Like some above, I like Coach's candor.
Well, I ought to temper that: if you coach at USCw or UCLA, you need to be a media star. Seems to go with the job out there.
I agree that there is not necessarily a direct relationship. Guys like Saban, Spurrier, Calhoun, etc are examples of great coaches that are terrible with the media. That said, guys like Franklin and Kiffin show that you can be a mediocre coach but still be able to recruit at an extremely high level due to one's marketing and salesmanship skills.
I think CPJ is a great coach, and absolutely respect his honestly and candor. His coaching show is the only coaching show I ever listen to, as I find him to be charming and funny in his own way. That said, I think one of his weak spots is as an ambassador for the program and in being able to sell the program to the Atlanta market and to recruits. I think that is a fair criticism and one that most people would agree with. If we are going to take another step forward as a program, I think that is one of the areas we could try to improve upon. I just want to see him get excited about the team and try to sell it a bit harder, even if it is just when he is talking to GT's own media.
Would that make all the difference? No, of course not. But it would help some. This is something that I think Brian Gregory actually does a very good job about, and one of the reason I think fans are being a bit more patient with him than they might otherwise be.