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Jeff Owens: The Real Deal blog

College football coaches have been talking to their players for the past couple of years about watching what they post on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The fear is that the athletes will either reveal something they shouldn’t, perhaps giving an opponent inside info, or embarrass themselves and their school.

Most of the time, it’s no problem. The Dogs’ Jeff Owens blogs occasionally and Twitters frequently — mostly inspirational, rah-rah stuff or notes on eating and napping. Especially eating, as in “I wish I had some cheesecake!”

However, Mark Richt was bothered this weekend when freshmen Washaun Ealey and Derrick Lott both put updates online revealing that they had suffered minor injuries in preseason practice — something UGA had not officially announced. Such leaks might not be that big a deal now, but Richt wants them nipped in the bud before the season starts. 

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As the coach told the Athens Banner-Herald, “Before, they [would] go home and maybe call their mom and maybe their mom would tell somebody and somehow it would spread through a telephone vine. Now the World Wide net — boom. That’s why they have to learn to understand that certain things are private.”

I love it: “the World Wide net.” Sounds like Letterman, doesn’t he?

Richt can at least be thankful none of his players has gone as far as University of Colorado cornerback Ben Burney, who was given an official athletic department blog to write about this season. But, USA Today reports, after the player’s opening entry referred to his “girl of the night” being in bed with him and lamented that two-a-days (football, that is) would interfere with his sex life, the entry was first cleaned up and then Burney was terminated as a blogger. 

“I was just trying to portray how it is,” Burney told the Colorado Daily. “I wasn’t trying to be risqué or anything like that. I was just trying to make it realistic. I guess it was too realistic.”

He should have stuck to Jeff Owens’ kind of cheesecake. 

So what do you think? Should coaches crack down on social networking by their players, or is that a violation of the athletes’ freedom of speech? Share your thoughts in the comments, vote in the poll or both.

15 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 12th, 2009
2:02 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahaha

L-Dawg

August 12th, 2009
2:06 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!

SO MUCH MORE FUN TO BE A FAN AND NOT A HATER

GO DAWGS!!!!

24 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!

rick

August 12th, 2009
2:43 pm

saint simons,thanks for the sleepover.are all nerds that good?

gbal

August 12th, 2009
3:11 pm

Absolutely BORING — Was boring when read this AM. Try again please. .. INFO ….

Hunting Dawg

August 12th, 2009
3:17 pm

Blah, Blah Blah, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Appreciate you making an effort to inform but this was Jeff Owens kind of Cheesecake.

dawgfanatic24-7

August 12th, 2009
3:26 pm

If your on scholarship then you should refrain from posting anything that would reflect badly on the school. The Colorado player was just posting his conquests trying to look like a stud on campus. He was probably getting it on with Ralphie.

Saint Simons Lover

August 12th, 2009
3:38 pm

Saint Simons you left your toys over at mine and rick’s place. remember to take your ‘gear’ home with you next time. you still can’t satisfy a squirrel with that twig of yours though.

Sic Em'

August 12th, 2009
3:54 pm

I think it’s funny how the AJC, obviously based out of Atlanta and caters to Metro Atlanta news, is BY FAR more of a UGA paper/website than the bumble bees in their own backyard.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Pi$$onaDawg

August 12th, 2009
3:56 pm

As long as the players don’t talk game plans they should be allowed to talk about what it is like to be a player student like all people. Coaches are scared and should be. A pissed off player could do some real damage by just saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. This is a difficult situation with no easy answer, but to say not to use the site during the season. Don’t talk anything about the team or the games, but who is going to chase down all the info on the web? The future of this issue will be interesting.

Denver Dog

August 12th, 2009
4:42 pm

Isn’t it a shame about Tech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ranked behing UGA in Academic Standing by Forbes!

Isn’t it a shame about Tech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 12th, 2009
4:45 pm

Student athletes have every right to utilize social networking sites as long as they don’t give away a game plan or post injury updates regarding their teammates. I say tweet on and think before you speak…I mean, think before you tweet!

Lardo Dawg

August 12th, 2009
9:34 pm

Is this Jeff Owens in shape? Needs to layoff the cheesecake to me. This Fat AZZ wont last through the end of the 1 st QTR.

Lollipops

August 13th, 2009
12:43 am

Yeah Jeff Owens has the biggest fattest azz I have ever seen. He is a big fat blob.

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NeNe's Greg's boss

August 17th, 2009
2:41 pm

Twitter this- since 1990 the Georgia Florida “rivalry” reads as follows

Florida 16 wins,3 national titles
Georgia 3 wins,0 national titles