The 2013 Georgia football season was undone in large part due to a rash of injuries to stars on the Bulldogs' high-powered offense. As 2014 practice gets underway, the Dawgs are once again feeling the bite of the injury bug. But Mark Richt won't be providing quite as many details on the knocks and sprains as he has in years past.
"He's not practicing, but he'll be OK pretty soon," Richt said when asked about an injury to linebacker Ramik Wilson. In the past, UGA provided a daily injury report to the media that would have revealed what the player's injury was and his practice status. No more daily reports. No more breakdowns of just exactly what's wrong.
"We're done doing that," Richt told The Athens Banner-Herald. "Because we don't want to tell the whole world what's going on."
Richt might not want the whole world to know what's going on, but the Southeastern Conference and the University of Georgia are launching a multi-million dollar television network with ESPN next week. You might have heard about it.
Earlier this week, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier made it clear that he's not completely hunky-dory with the new channel having cameras and microphones all over his football facilities:
"They are all over the place. I don't know. We have allowed the cameras in here a little bit more than we used to. They are here a little bit more than most cameras, but hopefully we are not doing anything too secretive right now...
We don't have to have them here. We could say, 'No, you're not in our meeting room or at our practices,' but it is the SEC Network. They probably get a little bit better access than most people."
So one has to wonder, then, just how much access to injury information with the SEC Network be given? More than the regular press? Or do coaches like Spurrier and Richt really have the ability to tell the league's new cash cow "no" on this or any other front?