The Gainesville Sun
If you’re going to drop a “Star Wars” reference in an interview, you may want to make it a bit more accessible, as a young journalist learned in a press conference with University of Florida football coach Will Muschamp. Jeff Barlis captures this exchange on Monday:
“Excuse the Star Wars reference,” a young journalist said from the back row, “but you guys kind of have a master versus padawan thing going on with you and Nick [Saban]. What’s the sentiment in that?”
“What’s a padawan?”
“You’ve never seen Star Wars?”
“Huh? I watched Star Wars One and after that I watched Empire Strikes Back, and that’s it. I didn’t see nuthin’ after that. … And I don’t know what a padawan is. You didn’t call me a bad name, did ya? … I don’t speak French, either.”
“You guys have kind of a master versus student thing kind of going on. Is there any sentiment in that? I’m sure you learned a lot from Nick Saban.”
I guess the question didn’t have quite the same heft when he replaced “padawan” with “student.” And now let’s hear some tales of journalists working “Star Wars” references into interviews or stories; post them in the comments.