ATHENS - Even in this day and age, where it seems everything is digitized and print is becoming obsolete, there is still only so much a college football program when late news happens.
Such as it is with the Georgia 2012 media guide. The good news for the Bulldogs is that they did not put Isaiah Crowell on the cover. The bad news is that Crowell's abrupt departure from the team came too late to get the media guide from the printer, so his bio remains, as do numerous references to the tailback.
Quintavius Harrow, whose departure came a couple weeks after Crowell's, is also still included.
But the cover subjects are at least still very much on the team: QB Aaron Murray plus the three players the team brought to SEC media days: OLB Jarvis Jones, DE Abry Jones and WR Tavarres King.
There are six more players on the back of the media guide: safeties Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo, Richard Samuel (listed as a fullback), DE Cornelius Washington and nose tackles John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers.
And yes, Samuel being listed at fullback, rather than tailback, is another casualty of the late Crowell news. But the fact Samuel is given such prominent display is noteworthy, as it shows how much respect the program has for the redshirt senior.
Bearing that in mind, it's also notable that Rambo is on the cover, given that for months his status has been a subject of intrigue. It's well-known, based on comments from his high school coach, that Rambo has been facing a four-game suspension for a second positive drug violation. But the All-American is still given fairly prominent display, while CB Sanders Commings, whose two-game suspension is official, isn't on either cover.
A quick leaf through the rest of the media guide - limited to 208 pages per NCAA rules - reveals a few other tidbits:
- Malcolm Mitchell's listed position is CB/SE.
- Washington is listed as the starter at end, opposite of Abry Jones, so clearly that wasn't just a spring experiment. At outside linebacker there is Jarvis Jones, while on the other side the guide says that Chase Vasser and Reuben Faloughi "give the Bulldogs additional options." (While T.J. Stripling earned some praise from Jarvis Jones on Thursday, methinks the door is open for freshmen Jordan Jenkins and Josh Harvey-Clemons.)
- Murray is billed as an All-American candidate.
- Todd Grantham's bio is updated with his added title of associate head coach.
- And perhaps most importantly, on page 112, on the "famous classmates/celebrity fans" section, there is a picture of Hines Ward holding his "Dancing with the Stars" trophy.