‘Time management’ the toughest part for Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell

ATHENS — Isaiah Crowell is learning lessons right and left these days, sometimes the hard way.

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Take Tuesday, for instance.

Tuesdays of game weeks are always extremely busy. Georgia holds its weekly press conference, which brings dozens of media members into town, all needing content in advance of that week’s game. The Bulldogs, of course, open the season Saturday against Boise State. Crowell, a freshman phenom who will play a significant role in the game, is the subject of much interest. So everybody wants to talk to him.

Crowell was instructed to be available for interviews after practice on Tuesday. But instead of showing up for 10 minutes as instructed, Crowell blew them off.

This did not sit well with Georgia.

So UGA sports communication personnel tracked down Crowell, reportedly at an academic tutorial appointment, and brought him back to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall afterward. It was after 10 p.m. when he finally showed up. He was greeted by seven reporters who had waited around to hear from him (another four or five bailed out). I was among the reporters who stayed.

To Crowell’s credit, he was polite and accommodating when he finally arrived. He was also contrite when asked about making the adjustment to big-time college football, which comes with all kinds responsibilities and demands beyond gaining yardage and holding onto the football.

“It has been overwhelming,” said Crowell, who attended classes all morning Tuesday, had meetings and practices in the afternoon, then tutoring in the evening. “In high school, if you didn’t do something, there wasn’t too much going to be said about it. If you didn’t go to treatment, nobody cared. Sometimes I didn’t even go to class. Nobody really said anything about it. But here, any time you’re one minute late, somebody will know about it. Time management has been the toughest thing for me.”

Crowell is still working on that. Saturday we’ll find out how that football part is going. By all accounts, it’s going well.

“He’s every bit as good as advertised,” quarterback Aaron Murray said Tuesday. “The kid has turned people’s heads every day in practice. He’s a tremendously talented running back. He’ll show everyone this year. He’s going to make some plays that people’s jaws are going to hit the ground like, ‘Wow, that kid just made that move.’ ”

Said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo: “I’ve been really happy with him. I think he’s going to be a great player here. Is it going to happen game one? I don’t know, but I think he’s going to be a great player. Just let the guy play football and let’s see how he develops.”

271 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

August 31st, 2011
11:19 am

Let’s just hope he is focused on the field! .. Go Dawgs!

Spanky

August 31st, 2011
11:21 am

First?

He’s a smart kid, he’ll get used to it! Heck, sometimes I can’t even handle getting up at 9:30! LOL, Go Dawgs!

Spanky

August 31st, 2011
11:21 am

Tobias Funke

August 31st, 2011
11:21 am

Sounds like a college freshman. Time management is key to success.

nega dawg

August 31st, 2011
11:22 am

At least get over 25 yds prove walt deptula wrong

Frank Lane

August 31st, 2011
11:23 am

Even tougher after school, particularly for regular students. In my experience, life gets progressively more challenging at every stage.

slow dawgs...

August 31st, 2011
11:24 am

“sometimes I didn’t even go to class”…nice…

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 31st, 2011
11:24 am

Crowell has Energy Vampire written all over him

Tobias Funke

August 31st, 2011
11:25 am

I always like the way John Thompson handled freshmen and the press. He wouldn’t let the freshmen talk to reporters until half way through the season (January). I would like to see this at all colleges for all sports. Let’s face it, eighteen year olds are still children and they sound silly most of the time.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 31st, 2011
11:27 am

What a tool move that was.

nega dawg

August 31st, 2011
11:28 am

He’ll be ready saturday

papadawg

August 31st, 2011
11:30 am

I hope he”s up to making the same good cuts and plays against a seasoned Boise St. defense.

1eyedJack

August 31st, 2011
11:32 am

“Crowell has Energy Vampire written all over him”

Even that is an improvement over having South Carolina written across his chest.

Cmon man

August 31st, 2011
11:32 am

he blew off the media to go to tutorial I will take that any day of the week. School is way more important than the media. Good luck I.C.

Buckhead Dawg

August 31st, 2011
11:32 am

Score a touchdown every time you touch the ball and you’ll spend less time on the field…freeing up some of your time. There’s your time management lesson.

chilidawg

August 31st, 2011
11:33 am

Just don’t take any time management lessons from Les Miles!

GeoffDawg

August 31st, 2011
11:33 am

You’ve got to admire the dedication it takes to be a college player beyond what goes on at the practice field. My first semester, freshman year, I blew off all kinds of classes. Learned early not to schedule those 7:50am slots.

schmeckdawg

August 31st, 2011
11:34 am

Real smart (pardon the pun) to take him out of tutorial to go meet with the press @ 10:00 p.m.. I’d be more worried about IC being like Caleb King academically than I would him not meeting with the same guys he has seen all Summer and probably answered the same questions hundreds of times.

If he is having time management issues then err on the side of academics.

When will they(the coaches) learn!

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 31st, 2011
11:35 am

he blew off the media to go to tutorial I will take that any day of the week. School is way more important than the media. Good luck I.C.
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Because school is such a high priority for him.

“Sometimes I didn’t even go to class.”

airforcedawgsfan

August 31st, 2011
11:36 am

He is trying to get tutoring after an extremely long day! He shows incredible intiative, and discipline to go through with that. And then he gets pulled out of it for an interview? I guess the term student-athlete isn’t relevant anymore. He’s a freshman in college, he’s under the biggest spotlight of any teenager in the south, use some more common courtesy and respect next time, please, news media.

GeoffDawg

August 31st, 2011
11:37 am

Finer, I’m sure you never missed a single lecture or lab for one of your hog calling or fish gutting classes at SC but for most kids, acclimating to college is a maturation process. Cut him some slack.

Shawn

August 31st, 2011
11:39 am

I would not let him talk to the media either. If he needs to study and go to class and he is having a time management problem the least important of those is the media. Let him drop that rather than tutoring. If he does not make the grades he will be talking to the media for the reasons Caleb King did. We do not want that!

Fair and Balanced

August 31st, 2011
11:39 am

This does not pass the smell test!

Big Earl

August 31st, 2011
11:41 am

Hey Chip…if you waited 10pm to talk to him where are your questions and his answers?

Hairy Dawg

August 31st, 2011
11:42 am

You mean kids skip class in high school? That’s awfully hard to believe.

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2011
11:42 am

schmeckdawg: They didn’t take him OUT of a tutorial appointment. They brought him back AFTER the tutorial appointment.

Just Asking

August 31st, 2011
11:43 am

What is more important: For the news reporters to get “content” or for a freshman to get study help? Come on. If he wasn’t a 5 star recruit, no reporter would be wanting to talk to him. Talk to those who are being paid to coach, not the student athletes. Let him get his study time in.

Wolfman

August 31st, 2011
11:43 am

“I even missed classes (in high school)”… We’ll see how this one works out.

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2011
11:46 am

GeoffDawg hits the nail on the head. I’m not sure the average fan has any idea how much is required of college athletes. They’re subjected to extremely long days, especially during the season. And I’m especially sympathetic to somebody like Crowell, who in addition to classes, physical training and practice, also has been in a month-long cram session to learn the Bulldogs’ playbook. It’s a lot to absorb, much less for an 18-year-old on whom much expectation has been placed.

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2011
11:50 am

Just Asking: They didn’t take him OUT of a tutorial appointment. They brought him back AFTER the tutorial appointment.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 31st, 2011
11:50 am

Sounds like the Ga athletic staff could use a course in time management as well since they double-booked the kid after practice.

1eyedJack

August 31st, 2011
11:51 am

It seems Bill King banned me from the Junkyard Blawg for saying he looked like an Ewok.

1eyedJack

August 31st, 2011
11:53 am

Well Chip, in three years he’s gonna get paid, so all of it is worth it.

GeoffDawg

August 31st, 2011
11:56 am

I’d imagine that different departments are blocking his time for all kinds of reasons. If there’s a conflict, it’s probably his responsibility to recognize it and resolve it ahead of time. Like I said, it’s a maturation process and something that takes time for anyone to learn to manage effectively.

Joey

August 31st, 2011
11:57 am

NCBF, You have a lot of nerve yapping about missed classes by a high schooler.

Crowell showed up late for the interview, but he wasn’t sh_t-faced drunk, like your 5th year QB. And I won’t even start on your hotel-dwelling players.

Get a life.

GA Sandlapper

August 31st, 2011
11:59 am

Like Chip said, I think we sometimes forget what college athletes go through. Sometimes you have to give the kids some slack!

Worm

August 31st, 2011
12:00 pm

I’m a Dawg, but can’t we do better than Bill King commenting as our “homer”..
Appreciate your work Chip.

Abnerish

August 31st, 2011
12:00 pm

In addition, not to stereotype or anything, but a lot of these players come from difficult backgrounds and family situations where there’s little to no structure and no consequences for their actions. I can’t imagine the culture shock these kids go through and have a ton of respect for those that do it and come out of college as productive citizens. I can’t say that I would’ve been able to do it.

VinnyD

August 31st, 2011
12:02 pm

The High School coaches and teachers sometimes do a great job of keeping this kids in check. Sometimes, they do not. I get the feeling Isiah wasn’t always kept in check. My wife is a HS teacher and the head football coach there apparently is an awesome teacher and really cares about their education. He has instructed her to email him as soon as any of his players get the least bit out of line or do poorly in class. She emailed him that a kid was 5 minutes late the other day and this kid is now the first one in class every day and basically a perfect angel. She says every football player has the same sort of reform after a simple email. We need more teachers/coaches like him. These are the people who shape our youth and the future of our country and we can’t have enough great ones.

GA Sandlapper

August 31st, 2011
12:03 pm

I agree Abnerish and think about all the pressure that is on these kids! No way I could have handled it at 18, but then again, I was not an all-american, can’t miss, football star!

ATL Sports Fan

August 31st, 2011
12:06 pm

Whats funny is all this pressure that are on these kids are caused by people that post on these blogs.

Nothing could be finer, loves to bad mouth and put down UGA athletes but I am sure you have ZERO idea of how tough it is to play a sport at the D-1 level and be sucessful academically.

Do you think Jadaveon, Marcus or Stephen ever skipped classes in high school????

Strange...

August 31st, 2011
12:07 pm

Seems to me that Aaron Murray has his head stuck up this guys butt. Everytime he talks about Crowell, it seems like he is man crushing – HARD. Super strange. And why do you have to go overboard with the compliments, seems like overcompensation. Just strange

Dbalcer

August 31st, 2011
12:07 pm

Glad to read he was at that tutorial it shows he is taking his classes seriously. Freshman year is overwhelming for most kids and I can’t imagine how much extra there is for a football player. I can’t wait to see him on the field.

ATL Sports Fan

August 31st, 2011
12:11 pm

Strange, are you serious?? Maybe he is excited to have a great football player on his team. Maybe he believes Crowell will help his team reach the next level. Sounds to me like you’ve never had some one compliment you and you have some issues.

TallaDawg

August 31st, 2011
12:11 pm

Cmon Man @ 11:32 – That is exactly what I thought. The coaches should have congratulated him for making the right choice, if it was a one-or-the-other situation.

sammiamm

August 31st, 2011
12:12 pm

Well stated at 11:46 Chip. And well stated at 11:37 geoffdawg. I’ll bet most of wannabe’s posting on here in middle of day–myself included–have never attempted, much less achieved success, managing the quantity and caliber of pursuits as this young, talented, and clearly committed young man, Give him a break. Sheesh. Get a life. Half the life as Isaiah, even.

ATL Sports Fan

August 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

Whats more important? Going to tutoring or giving an interview to an over weight, non athletic, jock sniffing journalist, who will proabably twist your words around?

orlandodawg

August 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

I agree with the sentiment regarding another Caleb situation…He blew off tutorials, now look…time management may be a problem, but Crowell’s priorities seem straight…if the media members don’t want to wait, go home….no need to add pressure to a true freshman this early on top of what he already has…I could care less if he makes himself available to the media on a tuesday, as long as he keeps up that GPA

murfdawg

August 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

freshmen should be kept away from the media. Give them a year to be “tutored” by the pr people so they know how to handle an interview. Also, maybe they can learn how to use pronouns correctly. Me and Bubba done did it!

ATLDawg, ya dig?

August 31st, 2011
12:14 pm

Why are we making freshmen available for interviews? They have enough going on.

Someone needs to instruct the UGA sports communication personnel that our freshmen phenoms need some space.