Posted by Tom Fornelli
As a blogger, I absolutely love Twitter. It's a great way for me to keep track of stories to write about, and also discuss those stories with others. It's also a great way to waste some time talking about stupid things with friends. If I were a head coach, though, I could see why Twitter could be a huge headache. Yes, at most college football programs, players are trained on how to deal with the media, and taught to measure their words before they say them. On Twitter, however, there is no filter between a player's mind and his fingertips, which could lead to trouble.
Which a few Oklahoma players have run in to the last year or so. There was Jaz Reynolds joking about a shooting at Texas last season, and in general, it's a great way for other teams to get some nice bulletin board material. Many head coaches around the country have banned players from using it, and while he hasn't gone that far yet, Bob Stoops plans on implementing a Twitter policy with his team.
“Guys that don't know what they're doing need to have it taken away,” Stoops told The Oklahoman.
“It's hard to believe they don't get it. They still think they're at East Handkerchief High School, where no one cares. And that's not the case.”
Of course, while he hasn't completely banned his players from using Twitter yet, it seems that it would be right around the corner. While he implements this policy with his players, it's not hard to imagine that the second somebody slips up on Twitter and says something they shouldn't, Stoops is going to just take it away from them.
And when he does, I'll likely tweet a smart-assed comment about it.