MACON ‚Äî 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: ‚ÄúI Run This State.‚Äù
Two more Georgia wins in the series later, the official Twitter account of Georgia football has adopted the slogan. Its handle is
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt really feed into all that,‚Äù Sweeting said Tuesday at the Peach State Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll have to see this year. Unfortunately, I haven‚Äôt beaten them yet. I‚Äôve got to go out and hopefully beat them this year.‚Äù
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson brushed off the Bulldogs‚Äô football Twitter name.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt really worry about what Georgia‚Äôs doing,‚Äù 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. ‚ÄúI try to worry about what Georgia Tech‚Äôs doing.‚Äù
Meanwhile, Georgia coach Mark Richt‚Äôs twitter handle, @MarkRicht, has come back to life after being dormant for more than a 1,000 days.
‚ÄúWhy am I tweeting again?‚Äù Richt said, repeating a question. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know. It‚Äôs certainly the way that people communicate now. It‚Äôs a way people get the word out. I want to get the word out about Georgia ‚Äî what a great program we have. So it‚Äôs an opportunity to keep people up on the good things that are happening at the University of Georgia.‚Äù
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‚Äôs high school clinic next year on March 29.
‚ÄúI physically do it most of the time,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúThere 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, ‚ÄòHey, would you put a tweet out about this or that?‚Äô There‚Äôs not a tweet that goes on my account with my name attached to it that I don‚Äôt know 100 percent what it is.‚Äù