Kirby Smart "Upset" with Reporters

ATHENS - UGA coach Kirby Smart got agitated with reporters on Thursday.

The second-year coach said he was “upset” with the media for reporting the true freshmen DeAngelo Gibbs was injured during practice on Thursday. 

“Well, considering I haven’t had a lot of time to talk to the trainers, but it’s nice to know that you guys have found it in your hearts to report it,” Smart said. “So his mom has to find out from you guys rather than from us, which upsets me a little bit to be honest with you.”

UGA already told reporters it would not open practice to them on Saturday. That means UGA practices have been closed to reporters at least three times in 12 practices this spring. Reporters typically see anywhere from seven to 15 minutes when the Bulldogs practice. Once this spring, Kirby allowed reporters to stay much longer than usual.

As the Athens Banner-Herald reported Thursday: "Georgia does not have a policy that injuries seen while the practice is open to the media are not supposed to be reported. It does have a policy about no social media or message board posts from practice and no phone calls allowed."


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