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.

Have a great weekend.

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180 comments Add your comment

GATORZONE

August 6th, 2010
1:54 pm

I pity you people and your public school education. Are all Georgians as dumb as the representative sample here? Or is this group especially stupid?

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
1:55 pm

First one page two! LOL!

First! Eat it mutts.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
1:55 pm

See what I mean?

leland

August 6th, 2010
1:56 pm

Pffft–you may be right about gator fans, you may be wrong. But either way, I don’t see why you had to bring up Corrine.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
1:59 pm

Pfft….I just love the way you “genralize” about everything. To answer one of you questions: Yes, defenses did catch up to Spurrier’s system because the athletes playing in the SEC got a lot better…particularily the DBs playing in the SEC now. They are bigger, faster, and smarter….and the DCs are better too. If you haven’t checked….Spurrier is no longer running the same offense he ran at Florida. He is running a hybrid type of Pro and spread.

…and please….stop putting all Gator fans into one generalized statement. All teams have good and bad fans. You might get better blood pressure if you did.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:00 pm

…because I assume that Florida fans are proud of her. A Masters in Communication from UF and can’t speak English.

Then they turn around and call people from Georgia stupid. There are several layers of irony here.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:01 pm

Gatorzone….

please post something worthwhile and intelligent….or stop being a Gator fan would you.

bamaboy

August 6th, 2010
2:02 pm

Their is still talk around school that the NCAA will be coming down on the tide .We will see. Saban cut 3 players off the team to get down to 85.Auburn keeps asking why alabama parents don’t catch on. Keep it up Saban, you should cut players the who can’t help the team.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:04 pm

..and Tampa…I didn’t lump all of you clowns in one bucket. Clearly there are 2 buckets. The bad bucket of Florida Fans is overflowing. The good ones are few and far between. I have met 4 good ones in my life.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:05 pm

Pfft….

you can get on any of these blogs and there are many supposedly college grads from many different schools who never learned English. I have several MBAs working for me that I feel the same way about. Fortunately, I have only one more week and I no longer have to try to read their attempts to write a complete sentence….too much texting I guess and not enough English classes I guess.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:07 pm

Well…it sounds like they are ready to be elected to Congress then!

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:08 pm

Well Pfft….

come on down to Gainesville for a Gator game and I will introduce you to three more really good Gator fans…a visit to THE SWAMP is a once in a lifetime experience if you have never been there….especially at night.

P.S…..been to Stanford Stadium. Nice place. Nice fans. We kicked your butts big time. But THE SWAMP is better.

Cap'n Hook feared it and so should the Tide

August 6th, 2010
2:10 pm

That old annoying tick tock sound coming from the clock of coaching reality is ticking away. is there a crocodile near? Could be ………..could be Michigan’s Wolverines.

I said earlier this week that Nick the Hat Trick would be looking with wanderlust in his eyes, after he wins or plays for the 2010 NC. That is his MO. In his mind to win a NC at a THIRD MAJOR football factory would be the ultimate. He loves a challenge. He is not one to sit and sit and sit ………. like most SEC coaches get away with. No way. Wanderlust is his middle name.

Michigan with Coach Rodriquez being implicated in the recruiting scandal brewing now at U of WVa. would certainly give Nick that final frontier. His contract does not allow his name to be sullied and/or part of any scandal at his ala mater ………… W Virginia. He is toast one way or other.

One way or other …………… Michigan will be looking for a new football coach come late December, 2010 and Nick will be their man.

Tick, tock, tick, tock ……………Bama is about to return to 25 years of mediocity after only two or three decent years in 25 or 30 years, post BEAR. Now, um, ah, I am not counting that humiliating beat dwon by lil Utah in the Sugar Bowl a couple of bowl season’s back. Wow, that was a humiliating whuppin for Bear’s memory.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

Pfft….you didn’t lump “ALL YOU CLOWNS”……sure reads like you did and have……

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:13 pm

Got to go back to work now…..but…..Pfft….I guess I might be a ticked off as you about Dawg fans if Florida had lost 17 out of 21 to the Dawgs. But it is summer….and hope springs enternal….never…never….give up hope. There is always next summer for dreaming. Now….don’t get mad. Just poking some fun.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:14 pm

I was at that game at Sanford too. Sadly, I can not unsee it. Worst. Game. Ever. Really that game alone is why I hold Spurrier in such high esteem. Putting up 50 just because. What a jerk.

leland

August 6th, 2010
2:19 pm

Pffft–I was just funning you.

TampaGator–your 8:56 post appeared to be partly in response to CiviDawg’s comment in which he wondered why Strong had such a difficult time getting a head coach position. Now, judging from your response to my post, I was mistaken. I tell you, TampaGator, I regret that mistake down to the deepest bowels of my soul, and if there were any way for me to undo it, I would be there first in line undoing it.

npgator

August 6th, 2010
2:21 pm

As a Gator I find it funny that Georgia Tech’s only claim to fame was beating the Bulldogs! Big Freaking Deal!

RxDawg

August 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

leland, how will you sleep at night!?

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
2:40 pm

Capn Hook,

Sheesh. Will it never stop? So now your rumor mill has Saban going to Michigan after RR gets fired. Uh huh. Sure. Whatever you say. Whatever happened to him going to USC post Carroll? Or ND post Charlie Weiss. Funny but I don’t remember him being even remotely mentioned as a candidate by any news organization. Any! Same with Michigan which wouldn’t even want Saban to begin with and didn’t mention his name when Loyd carr left. Saban’s stuck at Bama. You will just have to learn to live with it.

As for Saban cutting players I saw one where he just booted Rod Woodson for breaking team rules. He wouldn’t say if it was behavioral or academic like not going to class but in any event he’s gone. He didn’t just cut Woodson for the sake of it. Woodson was a 4 star recruit and was battling to start at one safety position. Even if he hadn’t started he was projected to be a major contributor. So the idea that Saban is cutting 3rd or 4th teamers just to make room for other more highly touted guys is ludicrous.

leland

August 6th, 2010
2:49 pm

Pffft–if you can stand another comment about Corrinne from me: I thought Corrine was a fictional character, and for that reason, I thought “her” posts were clever and funny, having been written by some unknown wag. But you took her comments as if they were made by a grown-up Florida legislator and UF graduate.

Under my assumption of her as fictional, you can see that I was joking in my comment to you. But under your view that she is quite real, my comment sounded more like a mild criticism.

One thing more: if Corrine is make-believe, her posts are funny. If she is real….well, I share your opinion of her deplorable writing, and there is nothing funny in it.

I’ve debated with myself about making this last comment but obviously have decided to make it–I went to just about every home game the Gators played for eight years while I was a student there including the Jacksonville games against Georgia, and I never saw anything like what you have been describing. That was a while ago and things change, of course, but I cannot totally believe in the accuracy of your comments, and your resort to name-calling e.g., “clowns,” harms your overall contention.

David

August 6th, 2010
2:49 pm

Relaw Ga, no need to close practices, Alabama is not coming to town.

leland

August 6th, 2010
2:56 pm

RxDawg–all I can do is try.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
3:04 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgbBP9Em00A

Leland…the poster here is mocking the real Corrine Brown. Follow the link above to see a speech given on the floor of Congress by the real Ms. Brown. This is a REAL speach made in the REAL Capitol building.

I still can’t believe it happened.

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
3:04 pm

When Nesbot wins the Heismen and another ACC championship, how will he rank in terms of the best college QBs of all time? I’m sure top 10.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
3:07 pm

Nesbitt will go past number 1 all time and end up -3…because he is 4 times better than any football player ever. Tebow Shmebow…Nesbitt for President of the Universe.

KR

August 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

Atlanta Jackets: I’ve tried to let this go. Really, I have. But day after day, week after week, you post the same thing. Please, for the record, it is the HEISMAN trophy. Not Heismen.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
3:20 pm

Leland ,

I used to think Corrine Brown was fictional also till I saw her speech on the floor of Congress. What is truly ironic and fascinating is that the woman can’t even speak much less write proper English but yet she has a degree as an eductional specialist from UF. She also has a masters degree and her undergrad is from FAMU.

When you listen to her speech on the congressional floor after UF won the title in 06 you wonder how this woman graduated high school much less college. Her butchery of the English language couldn’t be any worse than someone from Uzbekistan trying to speak English for the first time.

I can only imagine that they granted her degrees from UF and other places with grade inflation in mind because she is a minority. I hate to say that but how else could this woman earn a degree?

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
3:20 pm

LOL! Pfft. You are correct I think. -3… ROTFLMAO!

KR, maybe Heismen is more than one Heisman? If so, that is what I meant.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
3:22 pm

KR,

It could be worse. I knew of a Miss State grad in his 30s who thought they awarded multiple Heismans for each position. Needless to say he always lost in the football office pool.

Stabby McKnifefight

August 6th, 2010
3:23 pm

Dawgs and Braves that’s our team
Step inside the party disrupt the whole scene
When it comes to beats well I’m a fiend
I like my sugar with coffee and cream

Stabby McKnifefight

August 6th, 2010
3:26 pm

Well I gotta keep it going, keep it going full steam
Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean
Well on the tough guy style I’m not too keen
Try to change the world, I’mma plot and scheme

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
3:32 pm

Tide, your friend is a fool and we can laugh at him. LOL! He is burned!

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
3:40 pm

Atlanta Jackets,

I didn’t go back to see what his posts were all about and all that. I just saw the comments regarding Corrine Brownn and it got me thinking about her video again. Some things you know you just shouldn’t do but I did it anyway and had to go and click on the link to Corrine Brown’s speech. Sure enough she says Corch Irvin Meyers and not Urban Meyer, she said Percy Harvey and not Harvin, and it sounded like she kept saying Tim Tivo instead of Tebow. I’ll watch that video over an SNL clip anytime.

How2fish

August 6th, 2010
3:47 pm

Damn camp has started, the countdown has begun and a few of the bloggers are talking actual football without a lot of name calling. Information is being shared and dagnamit men I’m ready for kickoff..everyone have a great weekend…

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
4:32 pm

How2fish,

Will wonders never cease. We did have to take a detour though and talk about Corrine Brown of course? 29 days I believe it is till the first sat. and if I’m not mistaken I think there is a Thursday night game a couple days before hand. Can anyone confirm that and if so who is playing?

Gen Neyland

August 6th, 2010
4:53 pm

This Nesbitt for the Heisman stuff made me wonder :
If Nesbitt can pull off a Tebow like season, it might happen…Alas, compared to what the Gators called Superman, Nesbitt is but Boy Wonder…and don’t call that a racist statement, puleeezzz.

Paul in RDU

August 6th, 2010
5:03 pm

The NCAA needs to make a decision on Austin (and UNC’s Little, USC’s Saunders, etc) as soon as they have all the details. If they think they have enough to suspend these players the schools should be told as soon as possible. It is unfair to have the schools waiting in limbo, not knowing whether they can play everyone. However, knowing the NCAA the schools wil be told that the players have to sit out about 24 hours before the kickoff.
I expect Austin for one to be sitting out the LSU game (and maybe even the GT game). His Twitter feeds from Miami appear to be pretty damning.
Even without Austin, UNC has enough on the defensive side of the ball to make LSU’s life difficult. Whether UNC can score enough is the question.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
5:16 pm

Paul in RDU,

NCAA is very busy these days. Word just came out on ESPN that UT expects a letter of inquiry from the NCAA with potentially 5 major violations which occurred during the 1 year Lane Kiffin era. Words like “lack of institutional control” are being thrown around. Hostessgate, etc. Makes me wonder how much the NCAA likes to pick on the SEC.

In regards to Marvin Austin and UNC there could be some serious problems. It sounds like Austin and a couple of UNC players allegedly knew all along that this was an agent’s party. And it looks like Austin allegedly may have lured players from other programs like Dareus at Bama, the south carolina player, and others to the party without telling them that it was an agent’s party. A couple of the UNC players have been reported to have asked for money handouts from other agents and from schools recruiting them. At unc it could get ugly. Just when football starts the NCAA has to rear its ugly head.

Paul in RDU

August 6th, 2010
5:27 pm

Tide Rising – Thanks for the update on UT and the UNC situation. Austin and Saunders (from USC) are good friends and so I can believe that Austin pursuaded him to go to Miami.
One interesting thing about Saunders is that his father is a columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer (for the “Life” section) – he’s not talking (smart move!)

I’ll make sure I watch the local news tonight to see what they have to see about these allegations.

Paul in RDU

August 6th, 2010
5:32 pm

Talking about UNC – they have a bunch of SRs on the roster who would have been drafted as JRs – basically half the defense. If these guys are found to have taken anything from agents it would get really ugly.

dagnabit

August 6th, 2010
5:38 pm

Football season is here!

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
5:46 pm

Paul in RDU,

We at Bama were worried about Dareus but it looks like he’s in the clear. He did all the right things and when he found out it was an agent’s party he left immediately. Austin paid for Dareus ticket to Miami and then Dareus repaid him at the airport and got a receipt. He found out it was an agent’s party and left, did not use a hotel that Austin reserved for him, and flew back to b’ham on his family’s money. So I think Dareus should be fine but in the ensuing investigation it opened up a can of worms. That was when other agents who played by the rules said at least 2 UNC players one a db had asked him for upfront money and that they had done so in the recruiting process. Its 5 or 6 players that the NCAA is talking to at UNC and Austin seems to be the focus. He also had befriended Dareus during the recruiting process and they had remained friends since then.

Delbert D.

August 6th, 2010
6:06 pm

No, it was the wide availability of the high quality 35mm cameras and lenses in the ’60s.

Delbert D.

August 6th, 2010
6:24 pm

Jeremiah Masoli for Heistman.

Worm

August 6th, 2010
6:53 pm

Video killed the radio star!

Red Ryder

August 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

I don’t believe Spurrier ever had a QB at Florida or anywhere else play or do well in the NFL. The brief time the kid with the Bears had hardly counts since their defense carried that team.

YELLOW HAMMER

August 6th, 2010
10:29 pm

GLORY GLORY, SABAN is nowhere in the talk for that MICHIGAN job, that would be HARBAUGH the next MICHIGAN coach. i know you hate that , SABAN will be at BAMA beatin ya’ll down for years to come. book it!

phillip

August 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

I think it is time for a massive ‘makeover’ of the athletic scholarship. ‘Guarantee’ a kid a scholarship for two years. They are untouchable unless they break the law. Otherwise, they can’t be messed with during that period. After their second year, coaches can ‘cut, cull, runoff” whatever you call it, but the kid that’s run off has to be given $20,000 within 48 hours of being run. I would venture to guess that 60 to 65 percent of the kids on scholarship would like to leave wherever they are playing after two years anyway.

Pete in SoCal

August 6th, 2010
10:43 pm

Tony,

Really like the blog. I understand your reasoning behind the Big 10 staying put in one place but I hope it’s eventually Chicago. The Big 10 being the Big 10 should play outside at Soldier Field. I can picture it now. The Hawkeyes beating OSU in near white out blizzard conditions. It would be an epic “fozen tundru” setting for all future Big 10 titles. Plus Chicago is just a dang fun town.

Agree with everyone here that Harbaugh is the next Mich coach. Saban stays put.