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SEC Coaches Sound Off In Twitter Debate

Should they or shouldn’t they?  Should college coaches allow their players to tweet or should they ban them from using the popular social media platform for fear that someone will write something he shouldn’t and bring trouble upon himself of the program as a whole (as was the case during North Carolina’s recent football scandal).

As we’ve written before, at we believe most coaches would be wise to ban their players from Twitter during the season.  Several programs across the country have gone that route.  And for those who feel it’s a First Amendment issue, it’s not.  At least no more than a coach banning his freshmen or his quarterbacks or some other players from speaking with the press.

Aaron Brenner of The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer did a nice job of compiling the varying views of a variety of SEC football coaches.  You can read his excellent piece right here.

We’ll simply share with you some direct quotes from five different league coaches…


“What can you ever gain by putting your business on the street?  The bad outweighs the good.”

– South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, who bans Twitter during football season


“I’ve got mixed emotions.  It can be a very good tool, depending upon how it’s used.  I think it’s been a great thing for me and the relationship-building here, for us to get our message out of who we are and what our core values are.  A lot of our kids have that to heart, too.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and makes you question whether it should be a part of your program.  I can also be very discouraging to read some of the things you see on there.  I want kids to understant that could prevent them from getting a job one day.  I’ve asked a few to get off of it.”

– Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, who does not ban Twitter

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WOW Headlines – 10/3/12

Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari says he’s “working harder than I have in 10 years” after winning last season’s national title
Les Miles seemed to suggest yesterday that DB Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu could return to LSU in 2013
Ex-Auburn coach Pat Dye has apologized for saying that Alabama’s Nick Saban “ain’t a better man” than Auburn’s Gene Chizik
Georgia leading WR Michael Bennett will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in practice
Kentucky RB CoShik Williams will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum
Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury wants his team to improve in the red zone… after a 58-10 win over Arkansas
Steve Spurrier says South Carolina’s O-line isn’t “dominating as we hope we can”
Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is stressing the fundamentals to his unit after a 51-44 loss to Georgia
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SEC Headlines – 5/1/12

1.  There should be plenty of NFL draft picks from the SEC again next year.  (Shock!)

2.  Auburn’s Gene Chizik is looking for a starting quarterback with mental toughness.

3.  Oh, and you can now officially start the clock on Chizik’s tenure on the Plains.

4.  Arkansas AD Jeff Long will be held accountable for his next hire… not the hire of interim coach John L. Smith.

5.  Les Miles believes he has one “capable backup” to new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger at LSU.

6.  Texas A&M’s board of regents will take up the contract status of outgoing AD Bill Byrne when they meet this week.

7.  The Kentucky basketball team will be heading to the White House to the meet the President on Friday.

8.  Tennessee’s once gushing NFL talent spigot should be open up again over the next two years.

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UT’s Dooley Says Rogers Has Some “Internal” Things To Take Care Of

Tennessee receiver Da’Rick Rogers wasn’t at practice today.  According to Derek Dooley, Rogers has some “internal” things to take care of before he’s welcomed back to spring practice.

There was no timetable given for a possible return.  And the coach stopped short of calling Rogers’ disappearance from team activities a suspension.

Rogers — who we told you earlier today posted a couple of curious tweets yesterday (“I cannot wait to talk to the media tomorrow.  It finally comes out.”) — has been silent on his Twitter account for the past 13 hours.

Looks like Dooley’s going to continue to let Rogers work through his issues without dismissing him from the Vol squad.  No surprise.  He also gave former Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson umpteen shots at redemption before that player finally forced his hand — reportedly — with failed drug test number umpteen-and-one.

For now, we await a new tweet from Rogers who also posted the cryptic “Georgia State.  Wasup?” last night.

When asked if Rogers is transferring, Dooley said today, “Nobody has told me that.”

I seem to remember Auburn’s Gene Chizik saying roughly the same thing when asked about reports that Mike Dyer would transfer to Arkansas State.

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Chizik Goes To Bat For Newton

“All In” — the new book from Auburn’s Gene Chizik — will present a strong defense of former AU quarterback and Heisman-winner Cam Newton:

“Going to bat for Cameron Newton is something in my hear I feel very strongly about.  That’s not because he won 14 games at Auburn, but because of he person that he is. … He needs to be remembered at Auburn as a great individual as well as a great player.”

Chizik began promotion for his book today.

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