November 15th, 2012 02:29 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Auburn Gene Chizik, First Amendment, Georgia Mark Rich, North Carolina
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 MrSEC.com 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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