UGA Coach Kirby Smart Talks New Media Policy

ATHENS - UGA coach Kirby Smart said he would continue to restrict reporting on injured players during open periods of football practice this fall.

Smart announced the new policy on Thursday night, two days after a release was sent to the media covering the team. It was the first time Smart spoke publicly about the change in policy since the release. 

“We’ve had some kids to have been injured at practice,” he told reporters on Thursday after the Bulldogs’ final practice of the spring. “Some of the parents got upset with us. It was really our fault for not having this in place. And in during the season it can be a detriment to our team.”

The new guideline that was released on Tuesday is as follows:

“All information regarding injuries and/or the medical status of players will be disseminated by Head Coach Kirby Smart.  All injuries, or players who are not dressed in required practice gear during the open portion of practice, are not allowed to be reported unless addressed by Coach Smart.  This includes but is not limited to releasing information and/or photo/video of players who are working out separately with the sports medicine staff and players (other than quarterbacks) wearing black practice jerseys.  If someone suffers an injury during open periods, reporting is not allowed unless it is addressed by Coach Smart.”

Smart indicated that he would be in favor of all 14 teams in the SEC doing an injury report.

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