Fan talk: Playing it coy on suspensions isn’t helpful

Josh Harvey-Clemons' grandfather says his suspension is because of an academic problem. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Josh Harvey-Clemons' grandfather says his suspension is because of an academic problem. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Hope you had a good holiday week. The King family had a very nice Christmas, including lots of UGA-related gifts exchanged, ranging from shirts, a fleece jacket, basketball shorts and books to a Bulldog cutting board and coasters featuring the arch!

And, of course, between feasting and watching a John Wayne movie marathon we spent a little time talking Georgia football as Mark Richt’s team was making its way down to Jacksonville for Gator Bowl practice— amid news reports that, predictably, a couple of members would not be taking part in the game because of suspensions.

That’s never a good thing, no matter what sort of infraction was committed by defensive players Josh Harvey-Clemons and Sheldon Dawson, but the way Richt handled the situation this week, repeatedly refusing to answer any questions about the suspensions, allowed rumor and speculation to run rampant for a few days, which isn’t helpful to his program.

Let’s face it, when you heard the two Dogs were suspended for the bowl game because of a “violation of team rules,” the first thing that popped into your head was drugs, right? In recent years, that phrase has come to be considered a sort of code for “caught with weed” or “failed a drug test.”

Fortunately, some sources close to the program quickly started leaking to reporters word that the suspensions actually were related to academic problems, and then Friday Harvey-Clemons’ grandfather confirmed that was the case with him, though we still have no certain word on Dawson’s suspension. But resorting to the “grapevine” to manage this sort of PR problem seems wrong-headed.

I understand if school policy precludes the head coach talking to the media about a player’s academic standing, but if that’s the case UGA should urge the players involved, or their families, or some designated spokesman (usually their high school coach) to speak up and set the record straight. Or perhaps Richt could at least say publicly what the suspensions are not about.

Playing coy in these instances doesn’t serve the player, the team or the school’s best interests.

Now, let’s get to some holiday week Junkyard Mail …

Jackie T. writes: Bill, I’m really more of a “neutral” observer than a Dawg fan, having gone to NYU before moving down here, but I enjoy reading your Blawg and getting some insight into all my Red and Black friends and neighbors. Speaking of which, I get the distinct impression the Bulldog Nation is greeting next week’s bowl game with a collective yawn. I realize the Gator Bowl isn’t part of the BCS, but there are a lot of fan bases out there that would love to have their team playing in the postseason, and especially in a New Year’s Day bowl game in Florida. Are your Bulldog brethren spoiled or fair-weather fans or what?

Jackie, I’d say your characterization of UGA fans’ interest in the Gator Bowl as a “collective yawn” is a bit of an overstatement. Yes, it’s true that a mid-tier bowl after an 8-4 season isn’t what Bulldog fans had hoped for — or expected after Georgia had knocked off South Carolina and LSU — and facing a rematch with the same opponent as last year certainly hasn’t helped stoke fan excitement for either Georgia or Nebraska. But from talking with fans over the past couple of weeks, I get the impression that UGA backers are anxious to see the team close out the season with another win and also want to see whether Hutson Mason can continue the progress he started with the tremendous comeback effort against Georgia Tech. While Bulldog fans understandably are disappointed with the unfortunate way record-setter Aaron Murray’s career at UGA ended prematurely, I think they’re a bit excited about next year’s starting QB getting some valuable playing time against major competition in advance of that looming 2014 season opener against Clemson. But, to get back to your point, fan bases for major SEC programs like Georgia generally aren’t satisfied with anything short of a top-level bowl, if not a conference championship and a shot at the national title. And I don’t think Richt and his staff would want them to be.

In a related question, Kathleen White writes: Just curious — how are ticket sales for the Gator Bowl going? I read a week or so ago that UGA had only sold about 7,000 tickets in mid-December and that Nebraska had only sold about 3,000. I think the schools had allotments of 12,000-15,000.

Kathleen, UGA sports information chief Claude Felton tells me that the most recent figure he heard, which was from the end of the week before Christmas, showed Georgia had sold about 7,500 tickets. Of course, more UGA fans than that are expected to attend the Gator Bowl, as a lot of folks buy tickets on the open market rather than through the school. Meanwhile, Nebraska’s athletic department announced this week that it had sold about 4,000 of the 12,750 tickets it was allotted for the bowl. About 1,000 of those tickets were donated to the Veterans Ticket Foundation.

From California, Napoleon writes: What happened with our secondary this year? And who’s to blame? Lakatos or Grantham? It seems like Swann took a step back although he was the most experienced.

You’re right about Damian Swann not living up to expectations, though he improved as the season went on. Do you put the blame for that on his position coach, Scott Lakatos, or the player himself? A bit of both, probably. As for the rest of the secondary, admittedly it was the weak link of Georgia’s defense this season, and there’s a combination of reasons that can be cited. A lot of experience was lost off the 2012 team and any time you have to start true freshmen or inexperienced players in the secondary in the SEC you can expect to have a hard time. Plus, because of injuries Lakatos had to constantly reshuffle his lineup all season long, which didn’t help in the secondary’s development. Another aspect of the problem: A couple of very talented players who would have been expected to be starting in the secondary this season were kicked off the team. One of them, of course, wound up switching to quarterback and leading Auburn to this year’s BCS championship game. Also, a bit of the blame for the lack of depth that resulted in Georgia having to play so many green players this year probably should be placed on recruiting failures. Ultimately, of course, all of that falls on defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. If you can say that an assistant coach is on the hot seat, well, I think Grantham faces that prospect next season.

Hutson Mason likes to run a hurry-up offense. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Hutson Mason likes to run a hurry-up offense. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Bill Collier writes: Bill, I always look forward to your columns and I appreciate your honest insight to Dawg football. Couple of questions. Hutson Mason has said that he likes a “fast paced” offense. Can/will Mike Bobo accommodate him? Or will the offense coaches make him adjust do the “slower” pace that they have run with Aaron Murray? Second question. Ed Orgeron is available. He was defensive line coach/head recruiter for USC (hmm, sounds familiar). I would think coach Richt would want to look into something for him with UGA. Any thoughts or rumors?

Actually, Bobo instituted a hurry-up, no-huddle aspect of Georgia’s offense a couple of seasons ago and used it with Murray whenever the flow of the game dictated it. But you’re right that Mason prefers an uptempo pace even more, having played that way in high school, and based on what we’ve seen in the past game and a half it looks like Bobo is going to accommodate him. After Mason got off to a bit of a rough start against Tech, Bobo went hurry-up, emphasizing the quick passing game, and that seemed to get his new QB back on track. So, yes, I expect we’ll see even more uptempo offense next season. As for Orgeron, first of all, Richt doesn’t have a staff vacancy at the moment, despite many fans’ wishes. And let’s just say I don’t think Orgeron would be a very good match for the way Richt likes to run his program. Aside from past domestic personal issues, Orgeron has generated some controversy over his recruiting style. He’s managed to land some top talent but has become known for recruiting moves that have pushed the envelope on what’s considered acceptable by NCAA standards. Not what Richt likes to call the Georgia Way.

Luke writes: Hi Bill, Really like reading your Blawg! I love the Dawgs ever since I could understand what football is. However, I have a question that is imprinted on my mind each season, especially as I read through Georgia fan comments. Why do us Georgia fans expect a national title contender each year? Fact: UGA has won 2 national titles according to the official Georgia athletics site. I’m not coming at this from a critical nature, just curious what your thoughts are and the thoughts of other fans out there.

Luke, my answer harks back to what I said above about the Bulldog Nation’s feelings about the Gator Bowl. Georgia certainly hasn’t had the sort of success at winning national titles that, say, Alabama has, but UGA still has a top-tier program in the nation’s best college football conference and so a shot at the national title is certainly a reasonable expectation. And last season Richt’s team came within 5 yards of making it to a BCS championship game that they would have been favored to win. Even this year, take away the incredible rash of injuries to key players on the offense and, despite a suspect defense, Georgia probably would have made it to the SEC championship game for a third year in a row, and the winner of that game usually is in the national title conversation. Bottom line: UGA is frequently in contention for an SEC championship, and that means it’s not out of line for the fan base to dream of another national championship.

One last note: If you’re looking to watch the Gator Bowl game with other UGA grads, the alumni association has up a list of 18 cities across the country that are planning viewing parties. You can check them out here.

Go Dogs!

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192 comments Add your comment

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:32 pm

LMFAO TACO!!!!! The only thing half relevant to your program since 95 is gonna be sitting on sidelines !!!! Enjoy your NEB!

dawgfan

December 28th, 2013
11:42 pm

Agreed. I don’t know what these Kool Aiders have been getting out of all these seasons. At worst I’m totally bored. At best my heart is shattered in to a million pieces. But oh if we fire Richt we could lose it all!!!

Lose what?

monte cristo dawg

December 28th, 2013
11:49 pm

Your answer, dawgfan? Perhaps we lose 13 yrs of SEC prominence! Can I shed a tear while posting?

AndalusiaDog

December 28th, 2013
11:59 pm

I try to stay positive about our Bulldogs, Bill, but I’m like ” a mouse in one of those wheels in its cage” cuz of the same ‘ole…..just saying…

T'ville Dog

December 29th, 2013
12:49 am

It’s time for BOBO to be HC in Athens!

1969 Graduate

December 29th, 2013
4:54 am

Interesting notion: Mike Bobo as head coach.

Mark Richt isn’t getting it done. That’s a fact. Were he planning to do so, he’d hire a defensive coordinator. Since we don’t have one, we know Mr. Richt plans for more of the same.

It’s hard to believe what a collective yawn this bowl game is in the eyes of the Bulldawg Nation. Nebraska again! Second tier bowl again. Mediocre season again.

With Richt around we may get really lucky and back into something big, but we won’t have a nationally competitive mindset.

Of course, it all makes sense only if we understand that Coach Richt’s bosses are satisfied with a football program which competes for the SEC East, fills the seats, and makes money. Those are the goals. Richt achieves those goals.

I suppose it’s not his problem he’s so mediocre. It’s his job description.

Personally I’m looking forward to seeing how our new QB plays. I think we can beat Nebraska again, and should. But, our coaches can certainly screw just about anything up, and we won’t win if we come out expecting a rollover game. Nebraska could beat us if we’re flat.

Remember the Vandy game, anyone.

Go, Dawgs!

Moist Dawg

December 29th, 2013
7:58 am

if these players went anywhere else in the sec they would be playing and nobody would even hear about it. we play by a higher standard of rules and its amazong that we are so good playing with aone hand tied behind our back. makes me want to throw up.

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
8:59 am

Go watch Richt’s Auburn post-game presser. He sounds like he’s giving a lecture on macroeconomics. He doesn’t care. No Kool Aider can convince me otherwise. He simply doesn’t care. There’s no passion or drive there. There’s nothing. He sounds like he needs a nap.

If you think this guy can lead us to the promised land against all the great coaches and teams currently occupying the SEC you need to stop using drugs.

Bernie31

December 29th, 2013
9:01 am

The FootBall GODS have spoken……Thou shalt NOT discuss SUSPENSIONS of any Player or Coach.

DCB

December 29th, 2013
9:15 am

Can’t disagree more with those who would suggest Richt change his policy when announcing suspensions to include the reason. Even if school policy and/or privacy laws didn’t restrict it, the only ethical thing to do in discipline situations is respect the individual’s privacy. Sure everyone wonders. But that’s human nature and even if told the truth there are those who would surmise that where there’s smoke there’s fire and not believe the reason given. The much, much better route would be as stated above, to amend his policy if needed (and Rickt may already be doing it) to include: ” … UGA should urge the players involved, or their families, or some designated spokesman (usually their high school coach) to speak up and set the record straight.”

RHall

December 29th, 2013
9:24 am

Too many disappointed fans…..many are not going to the Bowl Game…many are not buying season tics next year….CMR, you need to change that…C’mon Man Win the Big One!!!

gtcaryd

December 29th, 2013
10:27 am

That Moistdawg sure trows up alot, must be where he got his name from. Maybe to many Oscar Meyers.

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
10:36 am

Moist Dawg needs to go join the Techies. He would fit right in with his crybaby holier than thou attitude. Who is tying the hand behind our backs? What rules are those other teams breaking?

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. Cry. Moan. Whine.

I’m sure everyone feels very sorry for us while they are hoisting their trophies.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
11:55 am

Even if Richt coaches UGA till he is 70 years old we still won’t win the mnc….maybe not even the sec again. Richt just doesn’t know how to fix the defense and special teams….S&C. He only knows offense. The best coaches in CFB surround themselves with great assistant coaches. Too bad Richt hasn’t figured that out yet!

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
12:22 pm

Richt doesn’t even know offense that well. 13 years on the job and he still hasn’t figured out that you win big in the SEC up front and not with fancy passing schemes.

If he hasn’t gotten it by now he never will.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
12:40 pm

Dawgfan..

I agree that’s very true….it looking like we will never have a great OL again. Richt is missing out on to Many elite OL!

The Voice

December 29th, 2013
12:51 pm

Bill it isn’t anyone’s business concerning the cause of the suspensions. It certainly doesn’t help the state of the program to have you providing inane commentary about it on the fan blog.

UGAONE

December 29th, 2013
12:54 pm

If Richt is so good of a coach, then why in the past 13 year hasthe NFL not come calling?

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
1:05 pm

Yes, Bill is hurting “the state of the program” with his words on the Internet. The guy pulling in $3 mil a year who can’t beat a top team to save his life has nothing to do with it.

I’m glad we’ve got our priorities straight. That’s good for the program.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
4:23 pm

Sports illustrated predicts Nebraska will beat us 34-30! If we lose….I think Richt should just resign! No more excuses for losing to inferior team!

Gutrake

December 29th, 2013
6:41 pm

Guys,

Save me the time of reading posts of illiterate doo-doo heads. Just tell me…has the “Kool-Aid” word been used yet? What about “bbbwwwwaaaaagggghhh!”

Been hunting defenseless animals for food this weekend in South Georgia, so I was able to get away from the Babylonians here…

dawgfan

December 29th, 2013
6:51 pm

I’ll save you some time Gutrake. 95% of posters have little to no faith in Richt’s ability to win anything anymore. Then there’s the 5% like you who live in fairy tale land and continue to make excuses for the man.

You know, the usual. You haven’t missed much.

twelveofthirteen

December 29th, 2013
7:01 pm

The great Bama and Nick Saban have had to suspend 8 different players this season at different times including two for their bowl game. It happens at every program morons. Only one program has 4 writers from the south’s largest newspaper and media covering them 24/7. Anything UGA related becomes a headline and has a huge audience made up of a lot of transient readers. You don’t graduate from UT, USC, Auburn, Bammer, or Florida and stay in those towns to find a job. You move to Atlanta and then read the AJC. That is why UGA has so many bashers on here and why everyone is up in our business.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 29th, 2013
8:11 pm

ONE MORE TIME for you of low intelligence. When a student gets suspended for grades it’s not Richt suspending them it’s the Student Council Board that votes on it. At Bama however it’s Saban.

Bulldawg35

December 29th, 2013
8:54 pm

Gut rake

You should just go back to hunting…..nobody cares for your Disney crap. You don’t belong here!

Skokie Dog

December 30th, 2013
12:07 am

Bill and others, school policy does not preclude the staff from discussing a player’s academic standing, the FERPA (Federal privacy policy) does that. And by the way, any student or student-athlete is allowed to sign a waiver that will allow such discussion. No student is required to do so, but nothing prevents them from doing so either.
And I’ve never heard of any “student council board” that has authority to suspend players for making low grades at any U.S. university. Players may well have to achieve specific grade minimums to maintain their eligibility, but those targets are likely set by the NCAA or university. The “student council” has nothing to do with setting those targets. There is a student judiciary board at U.Ga. that can recommend suspension for misbehavior or academic violations such as cheating by students. Is that clear enough for “you of low intelligence”?
I’ll get back to my yawning over the Taxslayer Bowl now.

OPP DAWG

December 30th, 2013
1:14 am

Ya’ll quit complaining bout Richt, how Saban would handle things and our school!!!! If a man can’t make grades he SITS! NUFF SAID!

SeriousBlack

December 30th, 2013
8:04 am

My next door neighbor’s cousin’s kid’s favorite flavor of ice cream makes $55 a week stealing from his teammates so he can get kicked off of his local football team and become Auburn’s next quarterback.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
8:55 am

So Nick Marshall should have never been allowed to play D-1 football again? Is that your position? The question that you should be asking yourself is why it took him going to another school with a different coaching staff to reach his full potential. If he had stayed at UGA he’d be just another cog in our poorly coached secondary that is the laughing stock of the SEC. Look at him now. If you’ve read anything about the kid this year, by all accounts he’s a humble and responsible kid who’s worked his tail off to make the most of his second chance. I thought only St. Richt was capable if building such strong young men?

We are becoming a joke under Mark Richt.

Gutrake

December 30th, 2013
8:58 am

35,

Actually, I was hunting…for intelligent life on this blog…

Hope I find some soon…

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:09 am

Alec ogletree and Boykin are playing better in the NFL. We are just a terrible joke under Richt. We need a coach that can fully develop our talent before they leave for the NFL.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
9:10 am

Well then stick around Gutrake. We all look forward to your brilliant and mature insights, such as who is the latest “doo doo head” and why Fruit of the Loom cannot make Mark Richt whitey tighties. You should consider writing them about that. I think there’s a market for it.

The IQ of the blog goes up considerably when you’re around.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:11 am

Gut rake

You have already found it. You just refuse to acknowledge it!

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
9:18 am

Consider that we once had the likes of Boykin, Stafford, Greene and Moreno all on the same team. I’m sure there are other current NFLers I’m forgetting that played with them. The most games this group collectively ever won was 10. It’s mindboggling.

A chimpanzee could have coached those guys to 10 wins.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:24 am

Richt had all that talent but couldn’t even win the sec. Simply because we have had horrible defense and a poor OL. Richt will never learn that the sec is won in the trenches and running the ball.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:26 am

Richt can’t even call good plays anymore…remember he was our OC and he gave that up because he was mediocre at it. Now he is just a poor head coach……I mean he is really trending In the wrong direction.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:27 am

6 hr drive to Jacksonville…if we lose I’m going to be really upset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
9:29 am

Remember the BS the Kool Aiders were spewing back then? “We need more guys that are all about the team and not themselves. Losing these guys won’t hurt a bit.”

We went 14-12 the following two seasons.

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:29 am

I can’t believe I paid a pretty steep price for my gator ticket…..if we lose I’m going take a ball bat to my car. I’m tired of seeing us under perform!!!!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:30 am

Dawgfan

That’s because Richt is still learning the cutting edge 101! Lol!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:32 am

Richt said in his 12 min presser that he sees this game being the same as last years game a nail biter…I guess coach would think that since he has turned us into a mediocre team like Nebraska!!!

Bulldawg35

December 30th, 2013
9:34 am

We should put flags on all of our WR’s because they don’t need to be tackled because they’re as fragile as gut rakes feelings!!! Lol

Dawg Fud

December 30th, 2013
10:04 am

JH-C rapidly approaching the “watsed potential” label.

All we heard was how mature he was and ready for the big time, after school job as a bail bondsman, etc.

Hate to see this but time for JH-C to wake up.

Dog4Life

December 30th, 2013
10:07 am

Skokie, here is the very interesting point–i actually sat on the admission committee, which was compiled of compliance people for the NCAA when i was at a large university. The student council deals with plagiarism, misdemeanors, cheating ie stealing exams, grades, etc…. The NCAA and compliance department deals with academics–and yes, FERPA has a very stringent policy concerning the outing of academic records–the INTERESTING point–athletes regardless of University standards, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, etc… all included have a very much lower standard of staying eligible than the normal student body person under scrutiny. We need 1240 SAT to get into UGA–They need 960. Duke is private so it can let anyone it desires in the door. UNC-Chapel Hill requires a 1200 SAT–but student athletes are allowed a 980 SAT. Do not fool yourself there is a different standard for student athletes (all colleges–north and south). So, i wonder how bad JHC grades really were? Our program one had to maintain a 3.25 gpa–athletes are generally allowed a 2.0 regardless of program and will be allowed to stay in school until te summer semester to get the grade up–NOT all athletes are dumb–Chris Conley for example is a 3.4 (Finance?). But, the student judicial council deals with minor issues and can be over turned by the regents.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2013
10:16 am

Or maybe JH-C just needs to transfer to another school where he actually receives competent coaching.

Continuity is a good thing…

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 30th, 2013
10:25 am

JHC’s granddaddy wanted him to go to FSU for a reason… closer to Valdosta – where he could keep an eye on him. He was very concerned about JHC’s decision making choices.

BigDawg

December 30th, 2013
10:25 am

Fellow Dawgs until Coach Richt puts a priority on getting the “BEST” offensive linemen each class and I am talking 5 to 6 each class, making special teams a priority and instilling winning Championships as the only acceptable outcome then nothing will change and we will be left wondering what if. Winning is contagious just like losing and it seems too many of my fellow Dawgs are willing to accept losing. There wasn’t one team on the schedule this year that we should not have beaten- against Clemson the team was unprepared, the coaches were slow in recognizing what Clemson was doing and making adjustments, special teams were a nightmare in just about every game. The defense was slow in setting up as the alignments/assignments were always late coming in from Coach Grantham which caused players to be out of position a lot.

We give excuses about the injuries but every team has them, heck Missouri lost their starting QB- Franklin and their back-up – Mauck came in and played lights out against our defense as did almost everybody we played. In my humble opinion Coach Richt has been given more than enough of an opportunity to win a National Championship and unless he humbles himself and makes the necessary changes in recruiting, special teams and team discipline nothing will change and WE will be left wondering what if as always.

Go Dawgs

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 30th, 2013
10:27 am

Don’t be fooled Skokie’s no Dawg fan – TROLL ALERT has detected his stench.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 30th, 2013
10:27 am

Don’t be fooled Skokie’s no Dawg fan – TROLL ALERT has detected his stench.

Dog4Life

December 30th, 2013
10:41 am

Found this on Carvell’s recruiting site:

THis is why gardner is killing it at auburn. I was at the westin in bulkhead yesterday as the rising juniors checked in for the Tuesday game. we were suppose to have skills practice today and then 7on7 but due to weather it has been changed. I work with a lot of the Atlanta area recruits. some guys I work with played at uga in the early 90’s. we constantly send top recruits to uga’s doorstep practically and they turn them down. example chance warmack to small to slow and cam newton. fascon the top safety at vt that just made the freshmen all American team. look, at uga there is a chain of command when it comes to recruiting. meaning if a coach spots a new prospect he cant offer on the spot it has to get back to bobo and richt which can take months sometime for them to review film and decide if they should offer. if yall remember coach granham wanted to offer deshaun Watson as a sophomore but he could not offer on the spot It had to get approved. they offered him as a senior. Coach gardner wanted to offer carl Lawson but was not allowed to. I know espn had carl as a five star but a lot of services had him as a four star and even out of the top 200 well apparently coach richt agreed that he was not tall enough or whatever. coach gardner got killed by uga fans aking why he is not going after this kid and that kid when he wanted to but was not allowed then throw in the fact that uga did not want to give a raise and auburn comes along and at auburn the coach can offer on the spot you don’t have to get approval. they trust their coaches will make the right decision. I could go on and on about some of the kids we told uga about when they were younger and uga did not offer. they did like shaq though and he did good as a true freshmen. two young kids to look out natetrez patricks loves uga and is in the top 150 as a junior right now. it would take a great fail on uga not to get this great future defensive end or outside backer. an even younger kid is jayden hunter father played at uga just finished up starting on varsity as a freshmen in class 4 a with 13 sacks yes that is correct.

If this is true–then we have a serious chain of command issue!!