There’s been a minor debate on the Internet in recent days over college football coaches banning Twitter during the season.
First CNBC’s Darren Rovell wrote that such bans were “ignorant and unfair” after South Carolina, Kansas and Boise State all told players to halt their accounts, arguing that players should be able to learn about social media and about marketing themselves.
Then CBS Sports’s Gregg Doyel took the contrarian position, arguing that “in the wrong hands, Twitter is a dangerous thing. And a college athlete’s hands are awful.” (Is Carlos Rogers in college?”) Doyel also wrote that “Twitter is a chance they don't need to take,” arguing that one regrettable tweet, and “by the time we're finished, the player's name will be in shambles and his coach will be performing damage control.”
And that takes us to Maryland Coach Randy Edsall, who has gotten headlines again and again this summer for matters of control. Here’s a passage from Eric Prisbell’s story this week:
Part of Edsall’s program-building formula includes installing a value system. Among the much-publicized rules that Edsall has instituted: No earrings. No hats in the building. And only neatly trimmed facial hair will suffice.
When Edsall said last month that Maryland’s new Under Armour-designed uniforms, which will be unveiled Aug. 22, would not include names on the backs of jerseys, some fans lashed out on Internet message boards because they felt Edsall was determined to stifle individuality.
And yet you know what? Edsall has not banned Twitter, and he’s even on the site himself. Here was his explanation, delivered to Ivan Carter on Washington Post Live.
“Well, the one thing that I want to do is just get information out about our team and our players, from a recruiting standpoint and also [for] a fan base," Edsall said. “But for our players, in this day and age, they have to be very very careful, because everybody’s gonna follow them, especially if they’ve got a name to ‘em. And they just can’t react emotionally. They can have things on there about themselves, but be careful of what topics you get into it. And most especially, do not relay anything that goes on in the locker room or the meeting rooms. Stay away from that.”
Plus, don’t tweet with a messy mustache.