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Boise State’s Petersen Stands By Twitter Ban

twitter-logoReaders of this site know this writer’s opinion when it comes to athletes tweeting — coaches should outlaw it.  Whether it’s a player creating a distraction for his team or his school or someone tweeting out info that ultimately brings down a program and its coaching staff (Butch Davis at North Carolina), there’s very little good that can come from allowing a teenaged representative of a school to post his innermost thoughts on the web for the world to see.

One of the nation’s most sought-after coaches happens to agree.  Boise State’s Chris Petersen implemented a Twitter ban on his squad three years ago.  To date, Idaho hasn’t had its statehood rescinded, there have been no mass riots, and no Bronco player has lept off a rooftop due to Twitter withdrawal.  In fact, the coach says his no-tweeting rule isn’t that big of a deal for anyone:


“It really doesn’t come up around here.  They get that.  I still believe strongly in that just because it can be emotional, and all of a sudden they hit that send button, and five minutes later, they’re going, ‘Oh.’  There are so many other forms of media out there.

I think they’re scared to death we’re going to take away Instagram, Facebook, Vine and all those other things, so they don’t say a word about Twitter.  The important thing is, there are a lot of other social media outlets that our kids do use, and they do know, if they’re not smart and careful with it, that may go away as well.  It’s a privilege to be here, it’s a privilege to play college football.

If you’re not doing it the right way and representing this university, your family and the rest of your teammates the way they need to be represented, then you don’t need to be on that stuff.”


Twitter become the place to show one’s emotions and bare one’s soul in the moment.  Why allow someone 22 or younger to possibly hurt themselves, their program and their school with something that’s nothing more to most of these kids than the latest fad technology?

As someone who writes for a living, I can tell you there’s an added worry that goes along with tweeting.  Some of you who like to post comments on websites and at messageboards have experienced it, too.  That worry: No inflections.

There are no inflections in the written word.  You may write something in a calm, cool voice but an angry person doing the reading may read your words and interpret them as being part of a angry rant.  It’s easy to pick up on sarcasm when you’re talking with someone, not so much when you’re reading his tweet.

There are a million reasons for coaches to ban or limit Twitter.  Petersen has done just that and he continues to win games.  Louisville’s Rick Pitino bans Twitter during the season and he just won another NCAA Tournament.  There have been no player revolts.  And the coaches and administrations at Boise State and Louisville have one less thing to worry about when it comes to their young ambassadors.

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Calipari Considers Coaching Dominican Republic Team

The rumor has been floating around for months and finally John Calipari has acknowledged it — he’s considering coaching the Dominican Republic’s national team in the Tournament of the Americas.  The tournament will be held August 30th through September 11th in Argentina.

“My question to the Dominican Basketball Federation was, why are you calling me?” Calipari wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.  “Their response was, they liked what we are doing in China, including coaching their coaches and being involved in promoting grassroots basketball.”

If Calipari accepts the job, the Dominican team will train at UK, so the coach won’t be forced to spend too much time away from his main job.

Interestingly, Louisville’s Rick Pitino is already scheduled to coach Puerto Rico in the international tournament.

UPDATE — Rick Pitino has pulled out of his duties with the Puerto Rican team just this morning.

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Former UT Recruit Ware Meets With Pitino

Kevin Ware — the Georgia guard who asked for his release from Tennessee when Bruce Pearl was fired – continued his recruitment by meeting with Louisville’s Rick Pitino last night.

Ware has said that Louisville is now the frontrunner for his services while Georgia, South Carolina and Central Florida are playing catch-up.

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin can’t visit Ware because Pearl had used up UT’s in-home visits for Ware. Ware’s stepfather says they may still take an unofficial visit to Knoxville to meet Martin, but the Vol coach got a commitment from another guard — Josh Richardson from Oklahoma — over the weekend.

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SEC Headlines – 12/30/10 Part One

1.  Things have quieted down in Gainesville during the transition from Urban Meyer to Will Muschamp.

2.  This writer believes Muschamp’s offensive and defensive coordinators “likely are coaching in the NFL at the moment.”

3.  Florida’s quarterback job is up in the air for Saturday’s bowl and beyond.

4.  One overlooked aspect of the Outback Bowl — Penn State offensive coordinator Galen Hall was once Florida’s head coach.

5.  UCF players are viewing tomorrow’s Liberty Bowl with Georgia as “our Super Bowl.”  Here’s guessing UGA’s players aren’t so motivated.

6.  Linebacker Justin Houston knows he needs to start thinking about his stay-or-go-pro decision soon.

7.  Backup safety/linebacker Nick Williams is seeking a transfer from Athens.

8.  Folks in the Peach State are still debating whether or not players should be allowed to sell their jerseys… and the debate includes a UGA player and the school’s new AD.

9.  This writer says the arrival of John Calipari has actually been good for Louisville’s Rick Pitino. 

10.  This scribe also believes Pitino has risen to Coach Cal’s challenge.

11.  When the two coaches clash tomorrow, the ref who ejected Calipari from UK’s game with Mississippi Valley State will be working the floor.  Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnn.

12.  Former U of L player Kenny Payne never thought he be a Wildcat working on Calipari’s staff.

13.  Could this year’s 9-4 squad really be South Carolina’s best team ever?

14.  Steve Spurrier says a lot has changed since he last faced Florida State in 2001… but he still doesn’t want to hear the “Tomahawk Chop” chant all night long.

15.  Starting left guard Garrett Chisholm is expected to miss tomorrow’s Chick-fil-A Bowl due to a sprained knee.

16.  USC is preparing to see multiple quarterbacks from FSU.

17.  The Gamecock basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 56-49 win over Jacksonville State last night.

18.  LP Field in Nashville will turn into Knoxville West for tonight’s Music City Bowl.

19.  Here are five keys for the Volunteers today.

20.  Two rough seasons come to a close when UT faces North Carolina.

21.  Bruce Pearl’s Vols slipped by UT-Martin 68-62 last night.  On Monday the Skyhawks lost 100-40 at Ohio State.

22.  After a great start to the season, Tennessee is getting used to close calls and hard-fought battles against mid-majors and ne’er-do-wells.

23.  Without Lance Goulbourne, Vanderbilt still toppled Marquette 77-76 last night on an Andre Walker layup with 4 seconds to play.

24.  Goulbourne’s two-game suspension is now up.

25.  John Jenkins’ shot “has just gotten a little flat,” according to Kevin Stallings.

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