Georgia coach Mark Richt has no plans to limit players’ use of socal media

“Fake Isaiah Crowell” set the online Bulldog nation atwitter when he opened a Twitter account and began sending out gloating messages about Georgia and the Dream Team and money, as in “$$$.”

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Only it wasn’t really Isaiah Crowell at all. It was an impostor using his name. The real Crowell — a five-star running back prospect and the most ballyhooed Georgia signee in some time — quickly came out with a statement saying he has never had a Twitter account and, in fact, was also shutting down his Facebook page that very day.

That decision, we learned yesterday, was Crowell’s alone. It was not done at the behest of UGA. During the SEC’s post-spring coaches teleconference, Georgia coach Mark Richt told reporters he does not have an anti-social media policy for his players and, at this juncture at least, does not plan to impose one.

“I know it’s such a big part of social life for these kids,” Richt said. “I’m really not looking to shut it down. They sacrifice enough, you know, the time they put in for school and football and all the things we ask them to do. “If there’s anyway possible to allow the guys who are responsible with it to keep it going, I think that’s great.”

As a modern-day sports reporter (and former recruiting reporter), it’s my duty to follow many of these kids on their Facebook pages and on their Twitter accounts. It’s a great way to get to know them, to keep up with what’s going on in their lives and, quite frankly, to reach them when other means fail.

As a follower, I often see and read things of which I’m certain Richt and his staff might not approve (foul language mostly). But it’s not my job to police these kids and, as a journalist, you’ll find no bigger believer in freedom of speech than me. So rarely, if ever, have I reported anything I’ve seen there.

To be sure, Richt has staff members who monitor these sites as well. And they’ll step in if they see something they don’t like.

“If a guy is irresponsible with it, normally there will be a good warning the first time around,” Richt said. “If they continue to do things on a website that’s not good or healthy, we’ll shut an individual down. But I don’t have anything across-the-board [policy-wise] now.”

Richt’s views on social media were just one of a few topics discussed Wednesday during the teleconference, which included all 12 SEC coaches. Following are some of the other subjects discussed during his short, 10-minute session:

  • On the Bulldogs’ overall spring performance . . .

“We got better. I think we practiced with the right amount of of intensity. I think we competed well. Guys were competing for jobs. Guys were competing offense versus defense. I liked what I saw.”

  • On who in the world is going to back up Cordy Glenn at left tackle . . .

“That’s a good question. I don’t know the answer completely. I know the tackle candidates are Justin Anderson, Austin Long, A.J. Harmon. And Kenarious Gates, I believe, can play tackle for us. Athletically, I think he’s got the size and athleticism to do it. I think a lot depends on who is going to be the starting right tackle. My guess is whoever we think is the third-best tackle will have to cross-train between the left side and the right side . Of those names, somebody is  going to end up learning what’s going on on the left side. We do have some freshmen coming in, too, that could end up playing extremely well and throwing their hat in the ring.”

  • On the play of quarterback Aaron Murray . . .

“I’m just thankful to have him. From the minute he got on campus, he’s been preparing to be the starting quarterback at Georgia. He’ll put in extra time in the film room, he’ll work on his fundamentals. He’s the kind of guy that is very results oriented and he’ll  do whatever it takes to get prepared, if that means putting in his own time or not. He loves team, he loves football, he loves the camaraderie, he loves to win, he loves to prepare to be great. There’s not one guy on our team right now that wouldn’t look at Aaron and say, ‘this guy is paying the price to have a shot at being Eastern Division champions.’ he’s what you’re looking for in a leader and a player. The whole thing.

“I think he’s much more comfortable with our system overall. He’s learned to stay in the pocket a little bit longer. If something’s about to break he is willing to stand in there and throw it and take the hit. I think because of his anticipation and knowledge of what’s going on, I’ve seen better touch on some of the passes. If you wait to the last second you have to gun it in. If you anticipate it you can put it to a spot a little ahead of time and let the guy run and catch it and it’s a more catchable ball, too. I think he’s improving in that area also.”

  • On whether Georgia would continue to recruit Deion Bonner and the other Carver-Columbus players involved in the locker room thefts . . .

“There’s not going to be any comment on this. First of all, it has to do with prospects and all that kind of stuff. But the bottom like is we’re just not going to make any comment on it. Sorry.”

– By Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

89 comments Add your comment

Rufus

April 21st, 2011
10:47 am

Good for him..

Buzzhater

April 21st, 2011
10:47 am

how dumb can a potential recruit have to be? hope IC turns out to be the real deal and that the OL has a good season.

Buzzhater

April 21st, 2011
10:48 am

(how dumb can a potential recruit have to be) meaning the other Carver players Not IC…

dawgster

April 21st, 2011
11:02 am

I hope sensible people will understand why Coach Richt cannot comment on the Bonner situation…There will be many that will get on here and spout off negative remarks, but there are NCAA rules against commenting on prospective recruits…One thing I will point out in regards to Bonner is that almost every major school in the Southeast has this guy high on their list…So any negative remarks toward the dawgs on recruiting this guy needs to be forwarded to the other schools as well..With that being said, personally I believe the dawgs will probably back off on recruiting this young man and he will probably end up at another SEC school…go dawgs

Reginald

April 21st, 2011
11:16 am

What’s that rumor Columbus Dawg?

Bean

April 21st, 2011
11:18 am

Columbus Dawg: That’s two different articles you’ve posted that bs on, if you’re going to bring it up, please inform us all what you’re talking about. Otherwise shut it.

AthensDawg

April 21st, 2011
11:27 am

Why would you do that to a 17 year old youngster with the possibility of ruining his career. The person who did this should feel sorry for themselves.

Beast from the East

April 21st, 2011
11:27 am

I would ban all social media. I’d probably lose some recruits over it but I’m convinced that nothing good is going to come from teenagers posting their thoughts, pictures, etc on the internet for all to see. Most do not stop to take a moment of pause and ask themselves “should I post this”. The whole deal is just an embarassment waiting to happen.

yikes

April 21st, 2011
11:28 am

He may want to take a look at some of the Dream Teams tweets. Yikes, not the most upstanding individuals…see Jay Rome and Damian Swann.

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April 21st, 2011
11:32 am

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tide roll

April 21st, 2011
11:44 am

The Dawgs are now cross-training offensive tackles!? What is this, Georgia State? Did ya’ll just start your program a couple of years ago, and, in time, you’ll build enough depth for two offensive lines? Richt kills me. He’s like” What”s the problem? No big deal, We’ll simply cross train a back up.” I don’t know why Uga should expect more. If I were getting paid over $200,000.00/mo. I probably wouldn’t give a dang either. Armed with the knowledge that Boling, Chris Davis, and Josh Davis graduated, togther with the fact that three guys listed on last years two deep have quit: Jonathan Owens, Kevin Perez, and Tanner Strickland. Plus, Sturdivant’s history of knee injuries (he’s now gone too) ,and the fact that Benedict’s knee injury included nerve damage. With all these facts before them, for Richt and bobo to go out and land the 9th rated offensive land class in the Conference (per Rivals), and ask ya’ll to believe that they make up part of a “dream team” is absolutely ludicrous. You simply can’t allow your head coach and offensive cordinator to get by with these rationalizations, Not at this level. And the thing is, the offensive line talent that would have prevented this problem was all in state. Two are at Bama, one is at S. Carolina, and one each at Tennesee, Arkansas, and Auburn. There’s your depth Georgia fans. Unfortunately, Richt and bobo have supplied your competition with it

UGASlobberknocker

April 21st, 2011
11:46 am

I went to Crowells facebook page. He has two..one seems to be his personal one. If nothing else he needs to get his wall out of sight..all of that gansta talk he has on there is disturbing. at least it is to me.

Crackin on Chip for Spell check? Really?

April 21st, 2011
11:49 am

Cmon ‘Depressed UGA Fan ‘..is that the best thought you can come up with today?.complaining about a typo? Good Lord ,man, you must really be depressed for sure if that is your main issue today.

AthensDawg

April 21st, 2011
11:50 am

It is very disturbing UGASlobberknocker. This is what happens when we get the stud 5 star recruits. They normally come with a lot of baggage.

UGASlobberknocker

April 21st, 2011
11:53 am

As long as none of that baggage has $180,000 in it we should be OK.

Buckeye

April 21st, 2011
11:53 am

blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah

And one more thing………………….blah

SSIgator

April 21st, 2011
11:57 am

“I’m just thankful to have him”

Code speak for “He is probably the only one that can save my rear end this year.”

DawginLex

April 21st, 2011
12:00 pm

tide roll,

The OL recruits decided to go to another school other than Georgia.

What do you want Richt to do, handcuff them to the bumper of his car and drag them back to Athens?

We will leave the handcuffs stuff to Auburn

UGASlobberknocker

April 21st, 2011
12:05 pm

I wonder if “tide roll” was so smart from 1979 thru 2007 (1992 and 1999 excepted). You know, the 25 plus seasons that Bama sucked. Our Bama friends are so wise now that they are winning.

As amazing as it is fto think anyone from Alabama would be condescending to ANYONE about ANYTHING, “tide roll ” manages it with his smugly ignorant post. Receiving pearls of football wisdom from “tide toll” is kinda like listening to your unemployed brother in law giving you job advice.

Im sorry but if you are from Alabama, unless it is about possum gravy, mobile homes, or Racin’ ..just shut up cuz no one from civilization cares.

C-Town

April 21st, 2011
12:10 pm

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

Like it has been stated there is no need to STOP the Social Media. The Players, children, and Adults just need to be SMART when using it.

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
12:32 pm

UGA fans that work are in Atlanta consider a trip to Juniors Grill on the Tech campus today. It is Juniors last day. They are closing the doors after being open since 1948. Even Bulldogs Fans will find the History a good thing. Tech fans can respect Larry’s calls much like UGA fans will enjoy a meal at Juniors Grill. Toomers Corner is losing HISTORY and so is Tech. UGA fans do love football history and if Dreamland were to close in Tuscaloosa you would need to enjoy a last meal there too.

hogmtndawg

April 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

Tide Roll: “With all these facts before them, for Richt and bobo to go out and land the 9th rated offensive land class in the Conference (per Rivals), and ask ya’ll to believe that they make up part of a “dream team” is absolutely ludicrous.”

Funny . . . Scout has our 2011 OL class ranked 10th nationally and yours 11th. So I guess ours will be better than yours soon enough. Why even play the games? These rankings are 100% accurate.

Go kiss your sister/cousin rube.

1eyedJack

April 21st, 2011
12:35 pm

Slobberknocker, folks in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi might be interested in a new recipe for possum gravy.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

April 21st, 2011
12:36 pm

tide roll:
Wasn’t too long ago that Louisiana-Monroe stormed yalls house….Don’t give out too much advice, cause nobody at UGA is listening….Get back in the Waffle House and cook, the only thing you really know something about…..

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

April 21st, 2011
12:37 pm

tide roll:
Remember one going into the left corner in overtime to beat the Tide in Tuscaloosa….Black out didn’t work out, maybe we should talk to Louisiana-Monroe to find out how they got it done vs. the tide……

Dr. Phil

April 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

Maybe Richt should have someone check facebook and twitter sites before he brings recruits to Athens. These sites reveal an awful lot about a recruit’s intellingence and character.

1eyedJack

April 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

Dr. Phil, recruiting only intelligence and character would severely limit the talent pool.

My Dad can whoop your dad

April 21st, 2011
12:50 pm

Why in the HECK are you Grown men going to a Kids Facebook page…..that is what’s disturbing!!!

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

oneEYEDjack
So? The genetic pool has been lowered because of HOPE. Why not take back the INSTITUTION of HIGHER LEARNING and let the Stupid find their own way to the NFL on their OWN dime?

My Dad can whoop your dad

April 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

And another thing, FOOTBALL is a PART of their lives and not the ONLY thing in it. Unless some one is paying them they should be able to live their lives off the field as they see fit as long as it doesnt break the law or cross moral boundaries.

Tim Dexter

April 21st, 2011
12:55 pm

I love my Dawgs! I always read this blog…and when I’ve had my fill of sports I read Twenty-First Tycoon. It’s an awesome site and it’s based out of Georgia…which is better than supporting some stupid New Yorker!

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

Not so bright and Physically gifted people need to go to the ARMED SERVICES to learn Motivation and Self discipline. They do not deserve a SHOT at a FREE College education. Tote and M-60 or M-16 for 4 years then decide if you want a college education or to try and play in the NFL.

My Dad can whoop your dad

April 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

There is nothing free about a college scholarship. They work their @sses off for it. And if you Really think about it, it doesn’t cost the school anything to allow these athletes to take classes.

Clive Bigsby

April 21st, 2011
1:04 pm

tide roll, say what you want about UGA…water off a duck. The thing that get’s me about your post is this:

” If I were getting paid over $200,000.00/mo. I probably wouldn’t give a dang either.”

You, my friend, are what’s wrong with our country…people who think that someone paying them a hefty salary gives them license to no longer do and/or care about their job. I for one, am glad to know that all of my UGA buddies have more self-respect and pride in their work.

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
1:05 pm

My Dad
I think the Profs would beg to differ. The problem is UGAs Athletic asso. had all the money but the PROFS don’t get a cut. Athletic money is ONLY for sports, but as the NCAA commercial says 90% of these players will not be going PRO in a sport. Without the College these half wits couldn’t find their way out of traffic.

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
1:13 pm

@My Dad
I guess the dorm space, the books, the training room, and the meal plan don’t effect the other students on campus at all? Funny to consider that the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Spike Lee didn’t get s shot at college because a 6-6 378lb goon took his slot.
Strap a 60lb ruck and a M-16 in their hands for 4 years. If they are NFL capable then they will have learned more about life than they will ever lean in a JOKE college class.

My Dad can whoop your dad

April 21st, 2011
1:15 pm

51W the problem is you think that all Athletes are dim wits, or is just the Football and B-ball players?

If a class has 50 students and 5 athletes how much more does the proffessor charge for the class than if there were 50 students and no athletes?

51WTGW50

April 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

NOT ALL by a LONG SHOT, but MANY. Gymnastics, Golfers, & Tennis players are typically the SMARTEST athletes, but they sport doesn’t make the College or Universioty money. The muscle bound morons that will more likely than not be broke in a few years are the MONEY makers for the AA. They don’t generate money for the ACADEMIC side that produces the Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers, and other VALUED members of society. Like we need another FAT RICH a…hole to talk about sports or be a P.E. Coach.

Ask Tide Roll again

April 21st, 2011
1:45 pm

Since he may not have seen it on previous blogs- who would you rather have, Brandon Greene or John Theus? Since you place so much authority on “ratings” it is a fair question. And if you can find one recruiting analyst that has Greene rated as high as Theus, please let this board know.

To reiterate what DawginLex said, Georgia did recruit some of these players, but you cannot make them sign with you. You conveniently use 20-20 hindsight to cherrypick some Georgia natives that went out of state and had good careers. If we had unlimited ships, I guess we could recruit every Tom, Dick, and Harry offensive lineman in the state, but that ain’t happening.

DawginLex

April 21st, 2011
1:52 pm

BREAKING NEWS:

Tide Roll issues call for national boycott of Major League Baseball.
Report just issued that there are fewer black players in MLB.

Film at 11:00

TallaDawg

April 21st, 2011
1:56 pm

@My Dad can whoop your dad

The professor does not charge any more, but it prohibits 5 more paying students from getting into the class. So, it costs ten percent of the revenue for the class and the expenses (as you note) stay the same.

tide roll

April 21st, 2011
2:04 pm

Ask Tide Roll Again: BRANDON GREENE are you kidding me ! Read Cedar Grove’s Coach Ray Bonner’s comments about him ( Chip’s article the day he committed to Bama.) A 6′6′ 300 lb. athlete with room to grow. Just named Under Armour All-Amercan and was featured in a recent article entitled ” The Sky is the Limit.” Why can’t georgia fans realize that losing in state talent of Greene’s calibre, especially to your rivals, is killing you. I’ll be interested to see where Green lands in the post season rankings ralative to Theus. Dabell ended up ranked 98th in the state in the Orlando Sentinel’s final rankings of the top 100 in Florida. Coaches at Bama feel Greene extremely under rated.

Bud King

April 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Chip:

What do you mean by former recruiting reporter? I hadn’t heard that you were moved elsewhere.

RxDawg

April 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

Yeh apparently the AJC shifted their writers around again. I’m not sure why they do that… maybe to just change things up a little and get a different perspective on things every year?

One thing I know is that anyone who gets changed to writing for the Bulldogs full time just got a big fat promotion in my opinion. So grats on the promotion Chip! :)

gdawginkalamazoo

April 21st, 2011
2:17 pm

BREAKING NEWS:

Tide Roll issues call for national boycott of Major League Baseball.
Report just issued that there are fewer black players in MLB.

Film at 11:00

Wrong DawginLex, he boycotted baseball because there are no offensive linemen playing in the game.

IF these professors could sell another one of their textbook (that you cannot return) you better believe they would have as many students they can fit into one of those auditoriums on campus. Hell they would fill them with martians.

tater tot

April 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Yeah Tide Roll, Like LAKE OCONEE DAWG said earlier. Get off here and go back to work at Waffle House. While your at it, I’ll take my 2 eggs like your wife. Sunny Side Up. Have a nice day !

Reginald

April 21st, 2011
2:29 pm

Chip deleted my earlier comment about Crowell’s facebook page and the issues w/ it. Great reporting Chip! At least Bill King doesn’t mess w/ the comments. That’s about all I can say about him but thats something.

Buzzhaterhater

April 21st, 2011
2:35 pm

I’m not the real Buzzhaterhater.

UGA2011

April 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

wow, look at the spelling errors….must have done this before you got to work in a serious hurry