UGA-Tech rivalry lives on, one tweet at a time

MACON — Georgia Tech cornerback Rod Sweeting was a freshman in 2009 when Georgia won the state rivalry game in Atlanta, and its top tailbacks wrote this message on themselves: “I Run This State.”

Two more Georgia wins in the series later, the official Twitter account of Georgia football has adopted the slogan. Its handle is

@WeRunThisState.

“I don’t really feed into all that,” Sweeting said Tuesday at the Peach State Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “We’ll have to see this year. Unfortunately, I haven’t beaten them yet. I’ve got to go out and hopefully beat them this year.”

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson brushed off the Bulldogs’ football Twitter name.

“I don’t really worry about what Georgia’s doing,” said Johnson, who beat Georgia 45-42 in 2008 before losing three straight in a series that the Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 11. “I try to worry about what Georgia Tech’s doing.”

Meanwhile, Georgia coach Mark Richt’s twitter handle, @MarkRicht, has come back to life after being dormant for more than a 1,000 days.

“Why am I tweeting again?” Richt said, repeating a question. “I don’t know. It’s certainly the way that people communicate now. It’s a way people get the word out. I want to get the word out about Georgia — what a great program we have. So it’s an opportunity to keep people up on the good things that are happening at the University of Georgia.”

Richt has tweeted to his more than 33,000 followers about his public appearances, the fact that 44 players earned a 3.0 grade-point average or better in the spring and that former NFL coach Jon Gruden is speaking at Georgia’s high school clinic next year on March 29.

“I physically do it most of the time,” Richt said. “There might be a time when I might be driving down the road and have a thought and we have a guy on staff that I might say, ‘Hey, would you put a tweet out about this or that?’ There’s not a tweet that goes on my account with my name attached to it that I don’t know 100 percent what it is.”

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