Tech players using social media to slam the NCAA

Many of you may have read Sean Bedford’s letter to the NCAA.

Bedford, an all-conference center at Tech the past two seasons, isn’t the only player who is using social media to express his frustration with the NCAA’s decision to strip the Yellow Jackets of the 2009 ACC championship.

Wide receiver Tyler Melton changed his Facebook profile photo to one of Tech’s players standing on the podium after the ACC championship game.

Former inside linebacker Brad Jefferson posted this: Just heard they so called, “took our acc championship away,” dats funny..lol! Take something away from gladiator(ha), YEA RIGHT! All they can say is that they tried…

Former kicker Scott Blair posted this: We beat Clemson twice in 2009. We only needed to beat them once to prove we were the best in the ACC anyway.

Former linebacker Kyle Jackson has asked all Tech players to change their profile photo to a picture of their ACC championship ring.

On Twitter:

Offensive lineman Phil Smith: They can’t strip me of my memories.

Inside linebacker Sedric Griffin: Can’t win for losing as a Techie

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas: Swear they look for anything

Cornerback Mario Butler: Regardless of what happened I still got my acc ring

Running back Anthony Allen: Well good thing my ring is in a safe place but this is some bull…

A few Clemson players took Tech to task:

Running back C.J. Spiller: @JKJIII: So does this mean we get acc chanpionship rings?” That’s what I’m talkin ab bra I need my ring

If you see more, please feel free to post them in the comments sections below.

– Doug Roberson, AJC Follow coverage on twitter @ajcgatech

155 comments Add your comment

NCAA stinks

July 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

kevin hudson

July 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

it happened.i know cause i watched it.2009 acc champs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!gt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.you can’t go back and wipe the game away,they played it and tech won.

William Satterwhite

July 15th, 2011
12:34 pm

Derrick Morgan- “What about the Millions of dollars we earned the NCAA , they gonna “vacate” that too”

reebok

July 15th, 2011
12:34 pm

go sean go! the letter to the ncaa is awesome! …on the other hand, they ncaa is such a vindictive pack of bullies, they may decide to start stripping scholarships if anybody hurts their widdle feelings…

Brent

July 15th, 2011
12:36 pm

Give ‘em hell, boys. GO JACKETS

JackDennis

July 15th, 2011
12:42 pm

I say, You go guys. NCAA has lost its way.

juvenal

July 15th, 2011
12:51 pm

dickies has yellow jumpsuits, got mine ordered……

techfan

July 15th, 2011
12:53 pm

Sean Bedford is cementing his place as one of my favorite Jackets of all time.

Funny

July 15th, 2011
1:02 pm

I didn’t hear the NCAA say they wanted those rings back. Take your punishment like men and quit crying like babies on social media!!

KC

July 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

The NCAA should definitely give back the money earned from the Jackets! If not, then it’s not a real vacate and they profitted too! Double standard!

Banks

July 15th, 2011
1:04 pm

I am a UGA fan, but this is BS. Complete BS. For $312? I guess they couldn’t find anything better to do in the off-season…

Brandy Keach

July 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

Chase “Stud” Hudson – a consummate “glue” guy on the ‘09 team – tweeted that he will wear nothing but ACC Championship gear for the rest of the week. He said he might even get an ACC Championship tattoo as a show of solidarity and resistance. Hudson is a staunch libertarian, and tries to “buck the system” when given any sort of motivation. He has also changed both his Facebook and Twitter pictures to the championship ring.

“I think I am going to get a 2009 ACC Champions tattoo.” @thudson6

Emmett Merchant

July 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

If this had happened to UGA then all of you GT fans would be saying that the right thing to do would be to give up the rings, the trophy, and the coach’s bonus……welcome to reality, folks…..your athletes are not ‘great men of character’ as you like to think….they are college kids living in a much different world….they drink, smoke weed, and accept gifts and money…..players at all schools do it….just do not deny it now.

Ryan

July 15th, 2011
1:14 pm

Former LB Kyle Jackson to Former C Sean Bedford: “We are suing the NCAA together after law school. I’m dead serious. If they can deprive us of a Championship over $312 we can deprive them of their right to legally prostitute student athletes to make millions while supporting us with nothing in exchange. If you are going to use our likeliness, our work, and our emotions to turn a profit, then you are going to support us in a manner that allows us to still live a personal life outside of the modern enslavement that has become of college athletics. You steal from us, we take back what is rightfully ours.”

Rduck

July 15th, 2011
1:15 pm

Sean Bedford for president 2012!!! Anthony Allen as VP…

GT BBall

July 15th, 2011
1:16 pm

NCAA monopoly has never made sense. A bunch of farm boys made millionaires by 18-22 year old kids. They got their feeling hurt because we didn’t take them serious enough. Really – How serious do you take somebody saying – Wear did Thomas get that fine shirt at???

Funny how the inquiry came during the off week before the thUGA game. It smells, just like the farm boys from NCAA.

Jake

July 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

These players and comments just don’t get it. The amount of money, 312 dollars – has nothing to do with the penalty. If Demaryius, or whoever received gift – had owned up to it and Georgia Tech had cooperated, he probably would have had to pay the money back and that’s probably it (look at Marcel Dareus at Alabama). He got suspended two games, paid the money back and everything was cleared. The problem is that Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech COVERED IT UP and EXPLAINED HOW TO LIE TO THE NCAA. Really? That’s the direction we are headed? 1. You don’t lie to the NCAA and 2. You don’t teach incorrect morals. Ya kids, its ok, if you cheat – we’ll bail you out. No, there had to be a stiff penalty. Georgia Tech still won that ACC Championship, the video tape still exists, fans still attended that game and you all keep your championship rings, BUT SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE!

Rogeriter

July 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

Dogs fan here–but I think the NCAA is going a bit far. I believe in obeying rules and violators should be punished.but NCAA is beginning to act like the Gestapo…or the IRS. Punish the violators, not those who are innocent. And most of these kids were innocent. Their worst mistake was chosing Tech over Georgia.( Only teasing here)

GT BBall

July 15th, 2011
1:22 pm

And last year I did say the NCAA screwed AJ Green and Georgia. He did in fact sell his Jersey, but again the punishment didn’t fit the crime. So many real problems in college sports and the focus is on small infractions.

NCAA will never see another dime of my money. My days of supporting any NCAA sponsored events is over. Sorry GT athletics, my money will go towards the academic side from now on.

Rduck

July 15th, 2011
1:23 pm

No Emmett I wouldn’t be siding with the NCAA if this happened to UGA or any other program. The NCAA is just using GT as the guinea pig to set an example to the rest of the schools out there because they don’t want to have to do it to one of their cash-cow programs like OSU. This is not a rivalry discussion, it is about principles. Now if they proved that Bebe did in fact take said items and was declared ineligible, that would be one thing. But to say we should have set one of our top playmakers for the biggest games of the year while they fiddle around trying to find some thing is another. Yes, we mishandled some of the ways we should have cooperated with the NCAA on this. But it seems that there was alot of gray area in the investigation from what has come out regarding the football program. The punishment just doesn’t fit the so-called crime…

John

July 15th, 2011
1:29 pm

This is a case of the NCAA being so mad at Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Oregon……that they slapped another four years probation on Georgia Tech.

foodfight

July 15th, 2011
1:32 pm

I want to hire Sean Bedford as mt attorney when he graduates from law school. This is coming from an Auburn Tiger fan.

JOE

July 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

Foodfight, you may be able to hire him as your Space Shuttle maker….if you need one. :)

Top Row Dawg

July 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

Well it was rough sitting AJ green last year for 4 whole games because of $1,000, that he gave back. It’s not about the small amount of money involved. You have to ask yourself, could you have won that ACC Championship game over Clemson without Thomas. You should have sat him down instead.

In looking back at recap, there was a 3rd quarter 70-yard throw from Nesbitt to Thomas for a touchdown. I’m guessing this means Georgia Tech has to now go back to 1990 for the only conference championship won since 1952. That’s 59 years with only 1 conference championship?

Oh, and now Georgia Tech has never been to a BCS Bowl, that’s officially off the record books? AJC we need coverage and photos when Tech gives back the ACC trophy. There is a certain irony in all this with Tech getting to not vacate the three wins over Georgia when Hamilton was inelligible along with 17 others. (Before the era of instant replay)

Shame there was not more coverage of this so the players wouldn’t be so shocked and angry. Keep the rings, give back the trophy and take down the Orange Bowl signs.

trey

July 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

If you guys think this is “only over a 312.00 gift”, you’re either dumb, unable to read reports, naive, in denial, or maybe all. Read the report!

Lying to NCAA investigators, failing to cooperate with NCAA investigators, and having another major infraction before the expiration date stated in the LAST serious infraction report all contributed to the seriousness of the penalty. Again, read the report!

Birdawg

July 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

This whole thing just doesn’t add up. The NCAA is really pissing me off. They have no basis for any of their punishments. When they go to investigate someone, You have no clue what kind of punishment is going to be handed down. It is just out of control.

You know, the always puts together a panel on some of the dumbest ish, why dont they put together one to investigate the NCAA’s absurd punishment practices.

Harris

July 15th, 2011
1:46 pm

Right on rduck. The ncaa is making an example out of us. If this was a big program, they would never do what they did to us.

Ramblin Man

July 15th, 2011
1:50 pm

Jake,
You either need to read the report or learn some reading comprehension skills. CPJ has never been accused of covering anything up. If you read the interview it is horrible and nothing would have come from it. If the NCAA was concerned about player 2 finding out about the investigation then he should have been interviewed right after player 1 instead of playing a hush hush game and calling the AD after the interview and telling him not to tell anybody. Keep in mind this is during the season while preparing for games.GT is not innocent and a case can be made that Drad and Bud did not handle things well and should have retained different counsel, but the NCAA screwed this from the get and his flexing for something minor.

GTPhenom

July 15th, 2011
1:54 pm

Really? Some of you ignorant iditos are still willing to crucify people who had NOTHING to do with the situation? These players deserve to get in trouble?

Egbert

July 15th, 2011
1:56 pm

I am a Dawg fan/alum/season ticket holder, and I can’t stand Tech, but the NCAA is arrogant, corrupt and despotic. (The NCAA is also wrongly focused. They need to drive two hours down Interstate 85 and look for some real money.) I applaud Sean Bedford for a great letter. He is absolutely right. He and 99.9% of his teammates did things the right way and are being punished for a relatively insignificant act by 1-2 players.

GTPhenom

July 15th, 2011
1:57 pm

Birdawg, fans like you and the many other of the UGA fans who have been posting on this are true football fans. God it is nice to see fans who can genuinely seperate football from reality, and not let a rivalry get to their heads; and I mean this for both sides . . .

marie

July 15th, 2011
1:57 pm

Sean Bedford-i love your letter! It’s nice that someone has the guts to stand up to the joke that is the ncaa!

Jake

July 15th, 2011
1:57 pm

Ok Rambling Man, I get it – what you’re saying is that they were too busy preparing for games to handle a case of illegal benefits. I know you guys don’t want to believe this, I really do – but college athletics is not ALL about winning, it’s about teaching the student-athletes life lessons. If a player has committed a violation, you need to teach the player what he did wrong and have him accept a punishment. Not cover it up in order to give you the best chance to win. As much as I can’t stand North Carolina and Butch Davis, he suspended all off his players until they were officially cleared from the NCAA in 2010. If Ga Tech had sat down Demaryius and said “wow, he made a mistake, we will handle it” and he paid the money back and received clearance – none of this would ever have happened. But you’re right – there were games to be won, to hell with morals and ethics.

Ramblin Man

July 15th, 2011
1:58 pm

Top Row Dawg,
I agree they should have sat him if they believed there was wrong doing, but remember at the time two players were being looked at and the NCAA lead GT to believe they were ok to play. Burnett was completely cleared and since no proof is shown in the report that Thomas did anything different why is he eneligible? It’s a double edge sword since it takes the NCAA years to investigate something that should take days or a couple of weeks at best to investigate. This has nothing to do with the players or CPJ. DRAD, Peterson, and that idiot who was lead counsel should be punished not the players and CPJ.

Mtn Dawg

July 15th, 2011
1:58 pm

@trey – You can spin any way you like. Read the report doesn’t relieve the NCAA of the injustice they’re serving to those innocent players. Sean Bedford is right on the money with his retort. The NCAA report is as much BS as the penalty. You working for the NCAA?

right

July 15th, 2011
2:01 pm

Perhaps they should vent their anger at DRad and the tech Administration or D. Thomas for taking gifts that he he suspected to be wrong begin with. Arrogance+pompacity+stupidity= probation

wow

July 15th, 2011
2:02 pm

Just saw a homeless man take a dump in front of the construction area for the new basketball arena. I kid you not!

Jake

July 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

Trust me guys, I am totally against the NCAA and yes they can be controlling. but Ga Tech knew that this was an issue. If they were smart, they would have held Demaryius out of games and they probably still would have won the ACC Championship (since we know we don’t use WRs). But they chose to blow off the NCAA and play him anyway and now they have to pay the penalty. The punishment SHOULD HAVE BEEN that demaryius would be suspended for a game or two – and he would have deserved that bc every student-athlete knows you can’t accept illegal gifts. But because they chose to ensure they’d win that game – now everyone has to face the penalty. It is severly unfortunate – but this all could have been avoided period.

Asdf124

July 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

“Former LB Kyle Jackson to Former C Sean Bedford: “We are suing the NCAA together after law school. I’m dead serious.”"

I understand this young man is upset, but he needs to stay in law school about twice as long as anyone else if he thinks he has a case. No standing, no cause of action, no unique injury, and the punishment was given to a member institution to a voluntary organization. Again, I’m sure he’s emotional, but that is an ignorant thing to say from a legal standpoint.

workinDawg

July 15th, 2011
2:06 pm

Sean, were you eligible in 2009 or did the coaches just play you anyway?? You know how those Tech coaches do…..always playing ineligible players.

Ramblinwreck83

July 15th, 2011
2:08 pm

trey

July 15th, 2011
1:43 pm
If you guys think this is “only over a 312.00 gift”, you’re either dumb, unable to read reports, naive, in denial, or maybe all. Read the report!

Lying to NCAA investigators, failing to cooperate with NCAA investigators, and having another major infraction before the expiration date stated in the LAST serious infraction report all contributed to the seriousness of the penalty. Again, read the report!

The report sounds kinda bogus. Everyone knows the NCAA picks and chooses who they want to go after. The whole NCAA reports sounds real iffy and looks like they just wanted to flex their muscles.

1985 GT HFC Bill Curry

July 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

We will bring the cheaters to their knees. Whoops its us – again!

Beverly Hall

July 15th, 2011
2:13 pm

So these players must endorse DRad and Johnson’s obvious neglect for following rules.No wonder this country is this shape.

GT DB Reuben Houston

July 15th, 2011
2:13 pm

Anybody know where I can score 100 pounds of weed?

Gotcha

July 15th, 2011
2:15 pm

Hey WOW that wasn’t just a dump.

He was giving his opinion of Tech sports.

Jim Tressel

July 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

I NEED to talk to you,Sean

Peach

July 15th, 2011
2:17 pm

My understanding is that these players were never declared ineligible.

Road Scholar

July 15th, 2011
2:17 pm

If we deserve such a penalty, then Ohio State and USC shouldn’t be allowed to play NCAA football ever again!

Ramblin Man

July 15th, 2011
2:18 pm

Jake,
I get your point and I am no way saying GT does not deserve some type of punishment. DRAD, Peterson, and general counsel screwed the pooch. My point is TWO players were being investigated for the same thing and both played. Both occused of the same thing and 1 1/2 years later one was is exonerated and one keeps the team from earning a title. I in no way condone the actions by some of the GT staff, but I feel CPJ and the team were not at fault and they are the ones being punished. I fully believe that if the NCAA had handled the investigation better and let CPJ in on the investigation from the get he would have sat those players. Love CPJ or hate him but cheating and lieng are not in his character.

GTFan

July 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

Crap really sucks, but we gotta move on and continue to support our Jackets!!!