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Georgia restricts spring football practice access to media

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ATHENS — An absolutely beautiful day greeted the Georgia Bulldogs as they gathered on Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday for their second of 15 spring practices.  But don’t ask me what they’re doing or what they looked like. I wouldn’t know.

Georgia Football Spring Practice, Jeremy Pruitt, SEC

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt leads a drill during Georgia football spring practice at Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (John Kelley / UGA Sports)

Interestingly, UGA is providing fewer than 10 minutes of practice observation time for media that covers the team. Practices generally run about 90 to 120 minutes. Same for this past Tuesday. It was initially supposed to be a full 10 minutes but Georgia’s sports communication personnel began directing reporters and their camera phones off the practice field with four minutes left in the last designated period.

Photos: Thursday’s Georgia football practice

Just for perspective, the spring practices of Florida and South Carolina are totally open not just to media, but also to fans. So not sure what the logic is, especially considering it’s March and they’re mainly drilling and working on fundamentals. At least that’s what we’re told. I couldn’t be sure.

I’ll post a practice report later and try to let you know more. But keep in mind, it will be based on the interviews I have of the defensive players (designated day to talk to them). And not all of them are available. My requests to speak to several was denied, such as Tramel Terry, because he’s a redshirt freshman, and any of the players recently arrested because, well, they’ve been arrested. And not Shaq Wiggins or Sheldon Dawson because, well, just because Georgia doesn’t want us talking to them.

I can report this, though: The level of paranoia inside the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex on South Campus — extremely high.