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Should More (Or Fewer) Coaches Impose Twitter Bans?


Over the past twenty years the world has changed to the point where it is almost unrecognizable anymore (says the 25 year old blogger.)  Still, we now live in an era of connectedness where people who have never met each in person can be friends, one former lawyer’s blog can be viewed around the world and the smallest decision can be blown wildly out of proportion. With those developments have come a number of new issues for the average person to deal with, but even more for public figures – from Politicians to movie stars to college athletes.  With more and more coaches employing bans on Twitter (one of the latest being Steve Spurrier,) it’s an issue worth exploring.

Coaches will often cite Twitter as a ‘distraction’ for the reason they are banning it, and while that may be true, I think it serves a dual purpose.  To be honest, I’m certain if I had the magnifying glass on me the way high school recruits and college players do now when I was that age, I would have caused some type of scandal.  It probably would have been the lamest scandal ever, involving an underground trading ring of pogs and pokemon cards, but it still would have been a scandal.  The fact of the matter is, many of the athletes we follow – as journalists and as fans – have yet to learn about ‘branding’ their public image. All it takes is one tweet sent as a joke to another friend to label a player as a head case, or one blurb about wanting your team mates to step up to make sports radio shows talk about whether or not you’re qualified to be a leader.

Ultimately I think the way Joker handles is might be the best way to go about it. Educate your players on the dangers of twitter and other social media sites.  Don’t ban it altogether, but it’s not an issue to be ignored, either.  For the sake of the players futures and that of the programs.

Look, it hasn’t happened yet, but I would bet the house that at some point in the future twitter (or some similar site) will land some college star and his university in a heap of trouble. The next time a Terrelle Pryor comes around, for instance, and doesn’t have the wherewithal to keep his tattoo discounts to himself.  So would you support a twitter ban?  What about if you were an athlete?

Article written by Will Lentz

17 Comments for Should More (Or Fewer) Coaches Impose Twitter Bans?

  1. Ira Tatum
    8:10 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink


    8:23 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Yo, I hope dey don’t ban #Cats playaz from twitta tweetin’, Shouts out to all my new followers, luv ya’all

  3. Not Old Foggie
    8:28 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    More, as in All of Them. Can some one tell me one positive effect Twitter has had on Anything?

  4. Horeb Uhl Cat Lick
    8:32 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    KENTUCKY needs DeWayne Peavey to personally monitor all athlete’s Twitter accounts.

    Oh wait, that will cut into his twittering on behalf of Coach CAL.

    Which segues into Job creation: Need at least one Twitter Control Rep, per sport, including the one over DeWayne Peavey (Coach CAL).

  5. Tom
    8:41 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    On the other hand, foolish tweets could expose misconduct early and it could be stopped before a coach felt he needed to lie to cover it up…

  6. Just In
    8:49 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    All banks will open tomorrow as Colt 45 stands, per Hussain Obama.

  7. Billy Clyde
    8:52 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Um, I stand proud of our outcomes, er, I mean we just got out-toughed, yea, this is a bad question, very bad.

  8. cattttttttttttttttt
    9:10 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone have a link to watch adidas nations???

  9. SexnNursinHomes
    9:13 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    sodium penathol

  10. BPsycho
    9:32 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    #6 Oh snap! I’ll be at Fifth Third makin it rain nickles.

    #9 I’ll take it! I wanna get behind Tipton as he’s asking a Tipton question and drop his *** like a stone, and steal his glasses!

  11. Aaron Boyd
    9:39 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll be the #1 WR this year. Book it.

  12. StopHammerTime
    10:04 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone seen Cal recently? He looks like he’s going to give birth any day now.

  13. BPsycho
    10:37 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    #12 Yeahp, he about to pop out another top recruiting class and Final Four.

  14. Irishhooliganx
    10:39 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Dear God, I hope they do not ban twitter among athletes!!
    How on earth will I know what Ryan Harrow is watching on TV?
    Where will I get my fill of Creole ghetto speak if not
    from Theltus Cobbins?

    I am really stressing out here.

  15. DustinUK
    11:10 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Hasn’t happened yet? I guess Lentz isn’t familiar with the UNC scandal.

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    6:46 am August 9, 2011 Permalink

    10- hahaha I’d pay to see that

  17. SexnNursinHomes
    6:46 am August 9, 2011 Permalink

    10- hahaha I’d pay to see that