Twitter has been embraced by media all across the spectrum as well, allowing for an instantaneous blast of information or random thought that may or may not actually be pertinent to the person’s beat. And it’s not only the media that’s given a big ol’ group hug to the social media site; conferences, schools, coaches — both head and assistant — and, yes, players have cannonballed into Twitter as a means of connecting with their followers.
Come the start of the 2010 regular season, though, some of those players will not have the opportunity to get their tweet on, regardless of whatever it is they have on their mind.
As Boise State embarks on a season that could — if everything falls correctly for them — end with a trip to Glendale in January, head coach Chris Petersen – Twitter handle: @coachpeteboise — has decided to put his foot down and ban his players from posting on Twitter during the season.
“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 said according to the Idaho Statesman.
For their part, the players seem to be taking the ban in stride, with the long-term goal of a special season being greater than the short-term hassle of a non-Twitter life.
“I had fun with it, but I’m not having withdrawals. I can go without,” said safety Jeron Johnson. “I understand where he’s coming from. It’s time to focus up on football. We don’t need outside distractions with what we’re trying to accomplish this season.”
While it’s understandable why Coach Petersen would hand down the Twitter edict, here’s hoping that other coaches don’t take the same tack. Otherwise, we’d miss out on such things as the soothing, dulcet tones* of a certain member of the Miami Hurricanes**.
(**It’s a good thing Randy Shannon is social-media averse.)