Did Twitter kill open practices?

It’s another Fabulous Friday. Training camp has started and we are less than four weeks away from the start of the season. It can’t get here quickly enough for me.

As always, the floor is open for any topic, even those that aren’t football related. Just keep it clean.

Here are five topics to get things started today:

1. Did Twitter kill open practices? Word came this week that both Florida and Georgia Tech, whose practices have always been open, are now closed to everyone–even the media. I hate to see that because I still like going to practice. But I understand why they are doing it.

Brady Ackerman, one of my broadcast partners on “Talkin’ Football” on CSS, told the story of why Mack Brown at Texas had to close practice: A Texas player gets hurt at practice. The normal protocol for reporters on something like that is to wait until the end of practice and then consult with the coaches and training staff for an assessment of the injury. But with Twitter and Facebook and instant communications there seem to be no rules. The information was on the internet before practice was over and Brown had had a chance to contact the parents of the player. That shouldn’t happen and so practice was closed.

It’s not good for the fans to only get the school’s version of what happened at practice. But if I was a coach I would either ban cell phones at practice or close it. Coaches are practical people and know that the easy thing is just to close practice and eliminate the problem.

2. Will Marvin Austin play against LSU? Will Marcell Dareus play against Penn State? To me those are the most compelling questions of the preseason. Both players were reportedly investigated for improper contact with agents. North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour said investigators were back on campus this week and I can’t believe that is good for Austin. Dareus is practicing and this week coach Nick Saban said the school has completed its investigation and turned its findings over to the NCAA.

Normally in these kinds of cases the player pays restitution for whatever benefit he received plus a one or two game suspension. I would be surprised if that doesn’t happen here.

If Austin is suspended one game he’ll miss the Sept. 4 opener with LSU at the Georgia Dome. If Dareus is suspended two games, he’ll miss the Sept. 11 showdown with Penn State in Tuscaloosa. Both will be missed if that happens.

3. Time to show Stephen Garcia a little love: The South Carolina quarterback has gotten a pretty good verbal beating from head coach Steve Spurrier since Spring practice.  Spurrier has since told Garcia that he was just trying to light a fire under the senior quarterback. Apparently it worked. Garcia reported to camp about 10 pounds lighter and told reporters that he had given up his favorite adult beverage in an effort to get into shape. I would say that pretty soon it will be time for Spurrier to show Garcia some love and to build him back up for the season. The great ones, like Bear Bryant, knew how to do that. Bryant knew how to rip a player for an entire practice and when it was over, he would put his arm around that same player and say something like: “You know that I’m just doing this because I love you and I want you to be a good player.” It worked.

Garcia is the best that Spurrier has and he gives the Gamecocks a chance. Of course, Garcia has to prove that he deserves a pat on the back instead of a kick in the butt.

4. Big Ten needs to keep championship game in Indy: The Big Ten announced this week that its  first conference championship game will be in 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. After that, said commissioner Jim Delany, the Big Ten will look at a long range plan for the championship.

A little advice to our friends in the Big Ten: Don’t make the same mistake that the Big 12 and the ACC made by moving the game around. Pick a home and keep it there. There is something to be said for every team in your conference starting the season with the goal of getting to Indianapolis. The Big Ten knows that their biggest rivalry is the SEC when it comes to college football supremacy. The SEC championship game has been in Atlanta since 1994 for a reason. Indy is a great town with everything within walking distance of the stadium.

5. NCAA is investigating West Virginia. That can’t be good for Rich Rod: The NCAA gave West Virginia official notice yesterday that it is looking into five possible major rules violations under former coach Rich Rodriguez (now at Michigan) and current coach Bill Stewart. In its report, the NCAA said that Rodriguez and Stewart “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.” That, my friends, is one of the magic phrases for NCAA investigators. The other is “lack of institutional control.” Both mean the same thing: “You are running a pretty loose ship here and we’re looking into it.”

Rich Rod has the same issues at Michigan, where the school had to admit that it had violated rules on excessive practices.

Rodriguez was already under the gun at Michigan before the West Virginia investigation. This cannot help.

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George Stein

August 6th, 2010
9:26 am

Yeah, no one has ever required any rehabilitation for a gambling addiction. As to drugs, why not legalize all drugs?

To the other issue, the taxes you suggest implementing are local, not federal. Further, you repay debt by cutting other things out. Lastly, the fact that you’re even considering raising taxes in the worst recession since the Great Depression strongly suggests you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.

Glory Glory

August 6th, 2010
9:26 am

After a disappointing season in Tuscaloosa this year, the proven unloyal Nick Satan will see a new challenge in the opening of the storied Michigan head coaching gig.

All you Bama fans who think there is NO WAY this could happen, please call your friends over at LSU and ask them how confident they were after he won the crystal football there that they had a long term coach. Then continue your calls to the people of Miami Fl……

Nick Satan, Head Coach, University of Michigan, 2011.

You heard it here first.


August 6th, 2010
9:27 am


He is small, but at 6′ with the right weight training I think that will change quickly. We’re hoping to see alot of him in the future and he has motivated Gracia!


August 6th, 2010
9:34 am

Here is a thought Groh and PB&J don’t get along, in fact they hate each other and find that their respective strategies don’t mix. That’s why PBJ closed practices. Gonna be a bad year for techies!

LOL at TaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
9:38 am

“which is exactly what happens, to a superlative extent, every year at Saban’s Bama.”


August 6th, 2010
9:51 am

Hey Tony, give your colleague Tim Tucker a call a tell him he’s a dork and a closet hom…er..I mean Tech fan. I’d tell him myself, but he’s banned me on his blog.


August 6th, 2010
9:55 am

LOL at TaxJacket,

Typical Bammer. Enjoy your championships, but don’t act like your coach is some kind of saint.

Rational Citizen

August 6th, 2010
10:02 am

George Stein: 1. baby steps

2. I suggested raising REVENUE, not taxes. At least I’m bringing something to the table besides your very general, vague and completely useless “making do with less” argument. But rest assured, taxes will be going up. I seem to remember a certain political party predicting economic doom back when Clinton proposed raising taxes, and we all saw the apocalypse that came as a result of that decision. And I seem to remember that same political party promising prosperity through tax cuts. How’d that work out for our economy? But you’re probably right, I’m the one who doesn’t know what the hell I’m talking about.


August 6th, 2010
10:05 am

TampaGator, I agree our focus should be totally on SC. Those “dawgs” who don’t think so, have no knowledge of the history of this series. We have been very fortunate to escape with some W’s lately.


August 6th, 2010
10:06 am

Seems to me the tax cuts were working pretty well until the housing bubble burst and we all know that was caused by the passing of FrankenDodd’s Community Re-investment Act which I believe was passed in the Clinton Administration.


August 6th, 2010
10:07 am

Glory Glory, no chance. Saban is too close to his lake house at Burton. Quite a sight…..


August 6th, 2010
10:19 am

Hey UF fan – BAMA beat Florida twice in 1999. Once in Gainesville, and once in Atlanta. Gainesville was close (overtime); Atlanta was not.


August 6th, 2010
10:21 am

SC is going to beat UGA. Columbia is not an easy place to play and it will be your qb’s first big game against a good sec team on the road. I predict a close one and
SC 24
GA 17


August 6th, 2010
10:23 am

Tampa the SC game is big this year as it is every year. Richt always finds a way to beat SOS(except 2007). The game is always close. This year’s game will be in the heat at noon which favors a running game which we have and they don’t. Our OL is 3 times better than theirs. I still say we win.

No one in the east is going to go undefeated. Bama can go undefeated if they beat Florida which I believe they will. 2 SEC losses can still win the SEC east. That is what I believe will occur. Could end up like 2003 if all the chips fall right with 3 teams at 6-2.


August 6th, 2010
10:24 am

1eyed is right, that housing bust and forcing banks to give loans to people that couldn’t pay them back was the match that lit this fire.

Well, that and a bunch of bureaucratic waste of energy and resources.


August 6th, 2010
10:25 am


….so, if a kid gets an academic scholarship to go to college…that kid keeps his or her scholly even if they make Ds in their classes…and it is the fault of the teachers that the kid didn’t cut it in the classroom….don’t think so. Same for the football field…you keep your scholly as long as you perform to a certain established standard of expectation….or you leave.


August 6th, 2010
10:29 am

I use ChatRoulette to send updates on the lastest Tech practices. That and FourSquare.


August 6th, 2010
10:31 am

TampaGator, nobody said it is illegal, but it is kinda unethical, right? I think I read Ole Miss’s Nutt is the worst – signing 35 players a year or two ago knowing he had about 16 schollys available.


August 6th, 2010
10:36 am


…based on what I have read and learned about Florida this year…I fully believe the only team that will be favored over Florida in the SEC is Alabama. The Gators are just too talented, too deep in that talent, and they are really focused and working hard. And they are extremely well coached. Do the Gators beat Bama over there….probably not. But it is possible. The same is so with Georgia and Florida. Can Georgia beat Florida this year in Jax….there is a chance…but probably not. It is just what I see and think. So please, no racial or homophobic slurs or insults in reply.

P.S. I have never seen a Florida team as focused and working hard as this Gator team. If Brantley does not get hurt, I believe they have a chance to be much better than last year’s team….mainly because of the team focus and unity that is noticely there this year…and the more diverse nature of the offense under Brantley (if he does not get hurt).

And….after one practice….Meyer is already raving about Shariff Floyd, Dominique Easley, Lyden Trail, Leon Orr, and Ronald Powell…the Gator D-line for years to come. Meyer never raves about freshman…and he is about these guys. He is also talking about the talent of Chris Martin at LB…but he is a redshirt year away due to the transfer rules. You better beat the Gators this year…it might be your last chance for a while.


August 6th, 2010
10:37 am

Shut up stupid Georgians.

Warp Drive 1

August 6th, 2010
10:38 am

Good seeing Tech rated higher than UGA – good stuff; however, let’s see where it all falls out by the end of the year.

Tech/UGA should be another great game this year. If Murray stays healthy – UGA will move up the polls.


August 6th, 2010
10:40 am


Not a good practice….I agree…but you can get away with it unless you break rules…and that would be having more than 85 players on your roster at any time. Change the rules if they aren’t working. Don’t blame the coaches for bending the rules if they can….they will. Winning is important at Bama and Ole Miss if you didn’t know.

Personally, I like the way Richt, Meyer and others go about recruiting the correct amount of players. Sometimes, Meyer under recruits when he knows the talent will be better the next year. He is also very good at recognizing and developing talent….which makes overstocking players not necessary I guess.


August 6th, 2010
10:45 am


You are correct in your concern about Miss. State. They have a very fine head coach down there and they will upset a couple of people this year….and Mullen will recruit the states of Mississippi, Alabama, LA, and Florida well in the coming years. MSU is an up and coming program and you better not take them lightly this year. Thanks goodness the Gators have them down in THE SWAMP. Otherwise, I would be scared to death to play them down there…especially at night.


August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

Jim Harbaugh will be the Michigan coach in 2011. Book it.


August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

Glory Glory

No way you are the first. This is the 3rd year we’ve heard that. Remember to end your prayers with AMEN.

AU Alum 85

August 6th, 2010
10:49 am

Tony, is your show going to be on the CBS Sports Network this season?


August 6th, 2010
10:57 am

The internet has been both a blessing and curse to these head coaches, and this is one way to take the release of information about injuries and practice out of the equation. We are looking forward to another great football season for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Stay healthy and keep up the hard work both on the field and in the classroom. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!


August 6th, 2010
11:14 am

I love seeing Michigan struggle under Rich Rod. Unfortunately, this will be his final season in Ann Arbor as they are not going to win 8 games nor beat Ohio State in Columbus. Jim Harbaugh is on deck there and will get the Wolverines back to their roots of playing hard nosed, smash mouth football.


August 6th, 2010
11:42 am

TampaGator. Yeah Spurrier is the best coach ever to build confidence in a QB. I can remember him yanking QB’s for missing open receivers. There is nothing like getting benched to make you feel good about yourself–Good Call!

Also…Wuerfel(less) won the Heisman because he was surrounded with talent and they threw the ball all the time.

south eastern chumps

August 6th, 2010
11:51 am


UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 6th, 2010
12:22 pm


UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 6th, 2010
12:23 pm



Last Word

August 6th, 2010
12:45 pm

Who cares.

Read this & weep Dawgs & Jackets:

1. Alabama (55);14-0;1,469;1

2. Ohio State (4);11-2;1,392;5

3. Florida;13-1;1,245;3

4. Texas;13-1;1,240;2

5. Boise State;14-0;1,215;4

6. Virginia Tech;10-3;1,052;10

7. TCU;12-1;1,051;6

8. Oklahoma;8-5;1,035;NR

9. Nebraska;10-4;1,001;14

10. Iowa;11-2;952;7

11. Oregon;10-3;940;11

12. Wisconsin;10-3;778;16

13. Miami (Fla.);9-4;728;19

14. Penn State;11-2;508;8

15. Pittsburgh;10-3;492;15

16. LSU;9-4;476;17

17. Georgia Tech;11-3;455;13

18. North Carolina;8-5;445;NR

19. Arkansas;8-5;438;NR

20. Florida State;7-6;374;NR

21. Georgia;8-5;312;NR

22. Oregon State;8-5;263;NR

23. Auburn;8-5;260;NR

24 (tie). West Virginia;9-4;169;22

24 (tie). Utah;10-3;169;18


August 6th, 2010
12:49 pm

What’s all the excitement about this “Twitter My Face” website, anyway?

:o )~


August 6th, 2010
12:51 pm


August 6th, 2010
12:52 pm

What th’? ! !


August 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

This emoticon thing really chaps my ( ! )

Dapper Dan

August 6th, 2010
1:08 pm

Man, I wish RIch Rod had gone to Alabama.


August 6th, 2010
1:10 pm

Read it and weep? Read it and laugh.

UGA will not lose five games, or four, or three. And, they will win in Jacksonville to boot, after which you will probably be crying like Tim Tebow.

Fast Eddie

August 6th, 2010
1:11 pm

Nesbitt, if that thought is the best you can come up with, you probably ought to go to sleep and try to come up with intelligent thought when you awaken. And I’m sure as hell NOT a GT fan.


August 6th, 2010
1:12 pm


yeah…you are right…..Spurrier was a terrible coach at Florida and they never won anything under his guidance.

….and those same talented players became great players because Danny completely understood Spurrier’s passing system and the ball was always there when the receivers made their cuts to catch the ball.

….Simply put….you have no clue when it comes to Spurrier and his system and Danny W. and his skills in that system. He was a system QB….and a great one…and he made his receivers great by being so good in that system. He was the best in it….and won the Heisman because of it….and his talented teammates went so high in the NFL draft because of Spurrier’s sytems and Danny’s ability to be so good in it.

….now go post about something you understand.


August 6th, 2010
1:16 pm

and Pffft….

Spurrier NEVER yanked a QB for missing an open receiver. He yanked them for making bad reads and not comprehending his system….or just playing badly.

Last Word

August 6th, 2010
1:16 pm

Yeah, Whatever, the coaches don’t know what they’re talking about.
You’re much more involved and better informed than they, right?
Even if the gators lose to UA in Tuscaloosa, it’s nearly a foregone conclusion we get a rematch in Atlanta.
Jacksonville, as has been the case for decades, is a mere bump in the road.


August 6th, 2010
1:19 pm

…one more thing…PFFT….Danny (more)….was a great college QB. One of the best…a Heisman Trophy winner. You don’t judge a college player by what he does in the NFL. It has nothing to do with it. And Florida won in the 90’s because they were lead by an innovative head coach, had great players, a great system, and under Danny W. had a great QB…the best in the country at the time…in college…not the NFL.


August 6th, 2010
1:20 pm

Ouch, LW!

That’ll leave a mark!

Joe Pa

August 6th, 2010
1:25 pm

Dapper Dan: “Hear, hear!” Rich Rod to ‘Bama also would have been another crowning achievement for Alabama AD Malfunction Moore, who tabbed such notables as DuBose; Franchione; Shula; and Mike “I’ll take mine with Ice” Price before BUYING Saban, who was desperate to get out of Miami and jumped at all that Alabama cash.


August 6th, 2010
1:38 pm

Civi Dawg @ 8:42
Tampa Gator @ 8:56

The scuttlebutt several years ago was that Strong was not successful in getting a head coach position because he has a white wife. He is black. I do not know if that was the actual reason.

Also, I do not know what color panties Strong’s wife wears, or the color of the panties any of his girlfriends wear, if he has any, and if they have any. He probably knows. Ask him.


August 6th, 2010
1:48 pm

You are right TampaGator I have no idea what I am talking about. Yanking QB’s is definitely good for their confidence…as long as they are pulled for missing a read. That makes it better.

So oh learned one from the same school that turned out Corrine Brown…If the system is so great, why isn’t Steve Spurrier just as successful now? Fewer schollys leveled the playing field? Nobody wants to come to USC? Defenses finally caught up? Enlighten us–won’t you?

Now I’ll take your advice and post about something I do know about. In every group of fans 10% of them are going to be total jerks and 90% are going to be reasonable. This does not hold true for Florida fans. The ratio is reversed. 90% are loud-mouthed jerks that feel entitled to the great teams Florida has been trotting out the last 25 years or so. They are condescending and frankly don’t deserve that type of success. The phrase act like you have been ther before is totally foriegn to them. If their team wins it is because their players are soooo much better than everyone else’s and if they lose it is because the other team cheated. Their players get in trouble just like players on other teams. Still Florida Fans cheer when other team’s players get in trouble while refusing to acknowledge any wrong doing by anyone on their team.

Florida Fans are the worst in college football. Can’t live with them, can’t kill them. I could almost respect the success their football program has enjoyed lately if it weren’t for all of their scum-bag fans.


August 6th, 2010
1:53 pm

Ieland….why did you make any assosication to me with your post? Neither section of your post has anything to do with me and any of my posts.

….but Charlie Strong did feel he was snubbed by some SEC schools (particularly Auburn, Mississippi, and Arkansas) because of his white wife. And he felt it was an issue at a couple of non SEC southern schools that snubbed him when jobs were open. Personally….I think it might have mattered at a couple of schools….but I think it had more to do with him proving himself after the poor performance he had under Zook….and there was a real relationship problem between Zook and Strong….and Strong was right and Zook was wrong. He proved it under Meyer because Meyer encouraged his defensive style and Zook made him change it. You should hire a DC and let him run the defense. Zook didn’t do that. Meyer did. The results were positive for both Meyer and Strong.