published Friday, August 21st, 2009

Georgia foe Cowboys in 10-day media ban

Georgia football coach Mark Richt skipped Thursday's post-practice interview to watch his son play, but players including quarterback Joe Cox and right tackle Clint Boling were made available.

It was more than the media got at Oklahoma State.

OSU coach Mike Gundy began a 10-day media ban Thursday, meaning no coaches or players will provide interviews until the first weekly news conference Aug. 31. The Cowboys host Georgia on Sept. 5.

"This is kind of a first-time deal," OSU media relations director Kevin Klintworth said Thursday. "We've just had a lot of people underfoot lately in moving to the west end zone, and there has just been a lot of stuff going on around the program. I think the move to the west end zone probably has as much to do with it as anything, because there are a lot of distractions."

The west end zone caps a five-year building project at Boone Pickens Stadium, which now has a capacity of 60,218 (it had been 51,000 since 1971). Enhancements were planned in 2003, when OSU graduate Pickens donated $70 million to the university, of which $20 million was earmarked for stadium expansion.

Pickens followed in 2005 with a $165 million gift, the largest ever received by a university athletic department. The west end zone project includes a 20,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center and a 14,000-square-foot locker room and lounge area.

Each locker is ventilated.

The Bulldogs practiced Thursday for 90 minutes in full pads in a workout Richt described in a released statement as "grueling and physical." With starting center Ben Jones out indefinitely with a sprained ankle, Chris Davis moved in from left guard and was replaced at his spot by Justin Anderson and Vince Vance.

"It's different getting snaps from other guys, but it's not a problem," Cox said.

Furloughs coming

Georgia president Michael Adams announced Thursday the six dates this school year in which university employees are furloughed. The two dates this fall (Oct. 30 and Nov. 25) occur before the Bulldogs face Florida and Georgia Tech, but coaches will have some flexibility.

Coaches must take one unpaid day off in October and November, so a day leading up to the Oct. 24 open date is likely. Options in November include a day leading up to the Tennessee Tech game or the Monday after the Georgia Tech contest, provided the Bulldogs aren't playing for the SEC title.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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