Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The U Tweets “No More Twitter”

According to the AP, the 17th-ranked Hurricanes have been told to stop using accounts on the popular social network, the university’s athletic department said Tuesday— making the announcement…wait for it…wait for it – via their own Twitter feed.

“Football program has asked players to shut down Twitter accounts. Goal is to limit distractions & focus,” was the statement posted on the athletic department’s account, (at)hurricanesports.

Nice, Miami, NICE!

Several of Miami’s top players have been prolific posters on Twitter, including quarterback Jacory Harris, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke. It’s unknown how many players had accounts.

Miami isn’t the first team to put a Twitter ban in place.

Perhaps most notably, No. 3 Boise State was told by coach Chris Petersen this summer that players were not permitted to use the social site, also in an effort to limit distractions.

“It’s just a distraction that we just don’t really need to have right now. There’s plenty of time in their lifetime for Twitter,” Petersen told the Idaho Statesman last month.

Shannon addressed Twitter and other social media with players earlier this season, telling them to be cautious about posting their whereabouts and too many personal details. He also urged them to not do anything that could harm their reputations, noting that items posted on Twitter and Facebook aren’t easily erased.

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