Posted: 6:09 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Georgia restricts spring football practice access to media 

By Chip Towers

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.

 

64 comments
Christ-mas
Christ-mas

Wow...a cry baby has written this article.

It sounds like a 2 year old crying about not getting his cookie.

The paranoia is more evident from the beat writer than those he accuses.  Pot meet kettle.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Apparently Chip Towers forgot to take the Top Secret Espionage Spying 101 & 102 classes while earning his Journalism degree... you don't have to be Phi Beta Kappa to figure out that for just extra $71.50 a month you could probably hire a cash starved player to wear a hidden camera with microphone and record the whole practice... or better yet... go buy one of those remote controlled airplanes attach your iPhone to the bottom... it would be like having a AJC Drone spy plane... but be sure to fly the Drone above football throwing height..

A Simple solution would be to quit posting players mug-shots in the AJC....

"BELIEVE" in the G

badbrad23
badbrad23

@Chip...

Did you tell them who you are??  The great Chip Towers??  I'm sure if you told them they wouldve let you stay because it's apparent from your writing that not only do you not know anything, you don't suspect anything either.  


thebucket
thebucket

"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."


CT, re-read these lines and then you will know why practice has been closed to reporters. In fact, the entire article is dripping with sarcasm. You don't have to be a homer, but you are the UGA beat writer so maintaining good relationships is vital to your ability to do your job and provide the very best information for your readers. Maybe the next time practice is restricted you might just consider saying, "We don't know why reporters have been denied access" and leave it at that.


And leave the paranoia to us Dawg fans, we have that department covered!!!

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Georgia restricts spring football practice access to media. Good. You guys don't have any business being there anyway. Those guys are getting ready for next year. If I remember correctly, you created a minor NCAA violation a couple of years ago when you were there. Stay away like you should. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

And just FYI for the idiots, complainers, haters and trolls:


Jeremy Pruitt chose to come coach at UGA because of Mark Richt. He met him years ago with his Dad, also a coach. After leaving the meeting, the elder Pruitt said "That's what college football is all about."


So y'all keep making up crap about Richt and bashing him and the players. I love how all of you pretend now that you loved Aaron Murray even though you crucified him for 4 years.


Mark Richt is the best coach ever at Georgia. Run him off and try and replace him with someone who can duplicate or better what he has done.


Be careful what you wish for

BMOC_
BMOC_

Chip - You keep 'stirring' the pot with all of the no-news articles on arrested players, and then wonder why they don't want you around the team.  Wow.

Hint: There is a difference in 'reporting' the arrests, and then 'stirring the pot'.  Once you've reported it, be done with it.  Stop asking the same questions as all of the other reporters when you have a chance to ask about how so-in-so looked in practice, how the defense is practicing different than previously, or who's going to step up & be a leader, etc, etc.  Instead, you guys keep bearing a dead horse with all of the negative questions.  Yeah, 'Arrested Players' may buy you a headline, but after that, I, for one, get tired of that being the only thing that gets talked about.  And don’t try to sell me on 'you're only doing it because it's important for people to know who's going to be there for the 1st game'.  Blah, blah, blah.  Richt has already told you guys he would let you know when he's made a decision.  Leave it alone & do your job.

JamesFK
JamesFK

ThomasB, You must be in media or a closet tech fan. Maybe you can get a job on 680 THE CLOWN with Chuck and Chernoff. Then you too can stick a microphone in CMR face after he just experienced the worst emotional loss of his career, and ask him "WHY CAN"T YOU WIN THE BIG GAMES" You sound like you would have similar class.

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

Keeps the reporters from getting their wallets lifted by players.

FLASUX
FLASUX

I wonder if Muschump is allowing the media to have access to 6th year player and recently involved in a shooting, Andre DeBose? Probably not.. paranoid and all.. 

FLASUX
FLASUX

Chip... calm down. It's the second day of practice. Maybe FL and SC will shut their media out today.. or tomorrow.. or next week.. YOU don't know the reasons for the lack of access so YOU stop being paranoid. Go cover Yech and Moobs Johnson 

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Don't blame the AJC writers for Richt's paranoia.

DawgfromBranch
DawgfromBranch

I have no issue with the decision to close spring practice to the media. For the most part, anything the AJC reports that is worth reading online, they charge money. So, I am not disappointed for not having to pay to read a report on a practice with the first game still almost 6 months away.

JamesFK
JamesFK

Amen HotDawg. All you media Piranhas can't wait to pounce on Georgia to write about all the bad stuff and splashing it on the front page while hardly reporting the good. I would never let you all in if I was Coach.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

They were probably practicing the muffed punt play.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Sounds like they might be on double secret probation,

HotDawg
HotDawg

Considering all the negative garbage that has sucked all the positive momentum (new coaches, signing day, etc) approaching spring practice....I'd close it also, cancel press conferences, and just hand out press releases.

Not blaming the media. I just wouldn't want the negative feeding frenzy throughout spring practice.

It's time to focus on football.

As a fan, i can understand and could live with the less coverage for a short while. While things calm down.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Wow, all the aaron murray haters, who wanted Hutson Mason to play, are now Hutson Mason haters, wanting any of the backups to play.

Either the grass is always greener syndrome or they are really UGA haters posing as Georgia fans.

Probably the latter.

clinchpanther
clinchpanther

because you are chip....  as in chip on your shoulder.  get over it ..... you are the one who is paranoid. 

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

It's B.S. Chip Towers, I agree.

All we know from other reports today is that Mark Richt, reminiscent of Joe Tereshinski III and reminiscent of Joe Cox, said about 5th year senior Hutson Mason :

"As you might expect for a guy that’s a redshirt senior, Mason has “total command of what we’re trying to do offensively,” Richt said."

http://dogbytesonline.com/coaches-want-backups-qbs-to-try-to-push-starter-mason-82436/


What is the deal ?

Shaq Wiggins - 2014 already arrested suspended license failure to appear speeding

Sheldon Dawson- 2014 already suspended January 1 Gator Bowl loss

Other 4 arrested 2014 this week, still practicing like nothing in the world wrong with what they did 11 times

Another suspended January 1 Gator Bowl loss this wondrous start to 2014, since kicked-off team

Face it head on ?  What a lie. 

Facing # 2 Auburn, # 8 Clemson, # 4 on road South Carolina, # 5 on road Missouri, hopefully face # 7 Alabama

- All five (5) of the Top 10 teams facing prior to the play-offs even starting, while another AJ-C writer says today UGA should be facing yet another such team prior to the play-offs because the Good Lord knows we need to legitimize our 2014 schedule here at UGA - staring at 5 losses prior to the play-offs already.

Having lost 22 of the most recent 29 games vs teams ranked these seasons.

Having lost every game on the road vs teams ranked in over 7 years and 4 months' time now except for 2009 beating # 13 Georgie tek, who would've vacated any win anyway # 4 South Carolina # 5 Missouri 2014.

Whole entire new terminology and defensive staff for the 1st time in 50 years' time all the way back to after 1963 Vince Dooley doing the same hiring Erk Russell.

So, let's hide what we're doing so no one can say that Hutson Mason the chosen one - like 2009 Joe Cox and like 2006 Joe Tereshinski III - doesn't float his passes with a weak arm.

And, to not see that Todd Gurley II is not going full-out as he has not his 1st two seasons to-date and counting with injury after injury after injury after injury.And, to not see Keith Marshall, too, cannot go with his injuries.

And, to not see that the OL is shuffling all around, losing 60 % of the senior Starters Kenarious Gates, Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette.

And, to not see losing senior Tight End Artie Lynch, that we have stripped the only scholarship Fullback recruited in 6 seasons' now has been shuffling him to Tight End in this Fullback-Oriented Pass Happy Offense despite all the recruits at Tailback.That is until the game is at hand, then running the ball, maybe.

Oh, and to not see the special teams who still have no coach as a hundred other FBS schools have.

We're in hiding over all this, not paranoia, like we don't face a 5-loss season.

Sure we do before the play-offs even start, or a bowl game.

9-4 is what we average around here all 13 seasons' of this B.S.

9 and half wins and 3 and half losses 2001-2013.

More recently, even worse : After 2007, we're 54-26 exactly 9 wins and OVER 4 losses at 4.3 current 6-year period.

Not to mention the 22 losses most recent 29 games vs teams ranked these seasons with this schedule.

It's getting old, this B.S.

Very old.

Circle the wagons.

Feed the press B.S.

Feed the fan base B.S.

Meanwhile NO PUNISHMENT for the most recent 4 of 7 arrested/suspended in 2014 alone.

More importantly, no discipline -  defined as training to obey rules on and off field # 89 most penalties and seven (7) arrested/suspended already in 2014.


Just we LOVE these 7, sending the mixed message also mixed allow to practice Spring Practices.


How is that training to obey rules on and off field ?


Answer is that it is NOT.


Utter B.S. I agree Chip Towers.

He sucked Mark Richt.  How you going to get around that ?

"As you might expect for a guy that’s a redshirt senior, Mason has “total command of what we’re trying to do offensively,” Richt said."


Seems the excitement of Spring Practice kinda started out slowly, then fizzled all together today.



ToccoaDawg
ToccoaDawg

Almost word for word from what Seth said on Macon.com. Poor little reporters crying over nothing.

greenedefense
greenedefense

Chip,


Keep up the good work. CMR will let you in when he fills like he time is right.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

This defense is going to be naaasssttttyyyyyyyyy!!!!! Pruitt is actually teaching these guys his style. He's slowing it down for them, letting them grasp it and then they can just fly around and make plays. It's not a complex, NFL style scheme where they have to think of everything to do and executing a freakin play call on defense then reacting to go make the play. By the time they realized what to do under Grantham, the RB was 10-15 yards down field most of the time. 


If we can just find some safeties willing to stay out of trouble, then I'd have no worries whatsoever. The secondary is still a question mark, but so far I like the intensity of the practices and how Pruitt is teaching. It matters. 

Desperado
Desperado

Sounds to me like he was just filling in a post with nothing to report because of the sight limitations.  Doesn't sound like he's crying.  Just putting a spin on not being able to observe and report.  As for CMR, you know he's irked with those 4 players and the negative light it shines on his Dawgs.  And everyone knows the media loves to make a mountain out of anything.  No biggy if CMR wants to close access.  It's his operation and his right.  Now, if all of the reporters were there to observe practice and talk football, I'm sure CMR would be right there.  But we all know that's not how it's going to go.

Jacobaaf
Jacobaaf

I agree, you don't have a right to be at practice, it is a privilege.  If Coach Richt does not want you at practice, then don't complain about it because that is what it sounds like to me, you are complaining!....  Everything they do, does not need to be for public consumption.....

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@thebucket


"  you are the UGA beat writer so maintaining good relationships is vital to your ability to do your job and provide the very best information for your readers  "


You just do not get it, seemingly ever thebucket.


To do his job and provide the very best information to Chip Towers' readers, it is vital that he tell Mark Richt how utterly FOS it is to attempt to manage the news coming-out to that only which Mark Richt approves.


(1) It is a lie that which Mark Richt does provide on the news.


(2) It is never a proper strategy for any entity to even attempt to counter mind our absolute right to free sunshine information.  It does not work.  It never has worked.  It never will work.  It's stupid to try.  Everyone knows this thebucket.


(3) Mark Richt has been attempting to tell the press only his side on everything for a number of years now, after starting out his career here 42-10.


(4) When Mark Richt's winning percentage plummeted from 80.77 win percentage by double-digits worse, since, this has been the long-standing policy of Mark Richt to hide the truth, not discuss the bad, not allow dissenting opinions on his complete inability to train his recruits to obey the rules on the field and off.


(5) If Chip Towers does not call this weak-kneed wimp out on this B.S., who will ?  You ?


(6) I do it all the time, and you take exception to me doing it too, thebucket.


Keep us in the dark, feed us B.S.


What I still want to know, is, when in the hell will Mark Richt say he then knows what happened and say something to 7 of his 85 scholarship recruits he brought here who have all 7 been arrested/suspended ALREADY in 2014, that they are


NOT LOVED


but send a clear concise direct training toward them instead to obey the rules ?


The 4 have stolen from this University.  They have no business, none of them, on the same practice field with the other 78.


THIS IS THE ONLY REASON WHY MARK RICHT IS RESTRICTING ANYTHING


because Mark Richt knows that they should be told not that they are LOVED but that what they did was


WAY WRONG.


You do that, not by telling them they are loved, but by telling them in public where they paid


$ 16,500 in bail


To get out of jail just in time to be able to practice like there is NOTHING WRONG and to be told


THEY ARE LOVED by Mark Richt.


B.S.


THIS IS THE ONLY REASON WHY MARK RICHT IS RESTRICTING ANYTHING


Instead, thebucket, you tell Chip Towers, he Chip Towers is wrong.


Ah, B.S.



ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Jeremy Pruitt had a base salary at FSU of only $ 540,000, and got a hefty third-of-a-million-dollar increase to $ 850,000 on a 3-year contact by The University of Georgia, more than 157 % more and a 3-year contract.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginLex Idiots, complainers, haters and trolls. That just about covers it, wait you forgot ThomAss Brown.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@JamesFK James i dont believe you understand the ramifications of your last post.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FLASUX Six years in College, you should be calling him Dr.DeBose.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FLASUX I think we all know the reasons, First Question is "Why are the Double stamp 4 still practicing?

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@JamesFK


Having a hard time naming your so-called good stuff ?


Let's see won 7 latest games vs ranked teams that season out of 29.


# 22 in wins current 6-year period.


# 27 in wins current 4-year period.  Thank you Aaron Murray.


78 of current 85-man scholarship roster not arrested/suspended so far 2014 only.


Play # 2, # 4, # 5, # 8 and want to play # 7 for SEC Championship 2014 schedule.


That cover all the good stuff JamesFK ?

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Delusionaldog Ohio state isn't practicing basketball anymore


Thad Matta  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The saddest part? Georgia is still playing. OSU isn't!!!


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Less coverage means less bad press, eh ?


Who got arrested/suspended last night ?

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@HotDawg


Who said they wanted Hutson Mason ?


Or, Joe Tereshinski III for that matter ?


Or, Joe Cox, either ?

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@Jacobaaf Agreed. Although I like to get the skinny every day, I'm sure opposing teams like knowing whats going on at UGA as well. Alabama even has the same policy allowing only 15-20 minutes for the press during practices. Spurrior and other SEC coaches have followed suit at times too. There have been a lot of changes in the coaching staff and I'm sure they may want the element of surprise amongst other things that we may need or may not need to know. I have no problem with it myself.

thebucket
thebucket

@Delusionaldog @DawginLex I did feel bad for Craft yesterday and I almost felt bad for OSU, then I remembered you and a small smile came creeping up in the corner of my mouth.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Delusionaldog @DawginLex Go beat a ranked team and then you can contribute to the conversation TROLL BOY


Otherwise shutup before I get you banned again and make you change your name again

DawgfromBranch
DawgfromBranch

@ThomasBrown @DawgfromBranchCorrect, precisely the reason why I do not pay. There are hundreds of places to read free reports on any news regarding UGA football. The ajc used to be a creditable "free" source as well. Now? Not so much.

DIT
DIT

@ThomasBrown - I know this is a hard concept for you, but try not to be such a Richard!

Steeledawg
Steeledawg

You do realize that the AJC is in business to make money don't you. 

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@DIT


You, DIT, said, not I sir :


" This game will be decided by Murray. Will he give the game away like he did against SC or will he finally put it together for a full 60 minutes and play lights out. Our defense will hold them under 20 points (or should)the question is can we score more than 20 with the play calling. That is unknown for now. "


Try not to be such a Richard, DIT.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@DIT


What about when you said this DIT ?


" The last 3 years UGA has sported the worst teams in recent memory and you tools could not find a way to win. "


Do as you say and not as you do DIT ?

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@DIT


Aren't you such a Richard, saying : " OK, Coach Richt is not up to the caliber of coach as a Saban or Spurrier "