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June 9, 2011 by staff
Shaq Tweets Retirement, “My mom is 75 years old and she called me and said, ‘what is Twitter?” Georgia’s men’s basketball coach Mark Fox said. Fox players – along with many college students these days – are well versed in communicating in 140 characters or less.
That has some coaches keep a watchful eye on the window that players are being opened to those outside of their programs. “This is a world of Twitter, Facebook,” said Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips. “We want kids to have fun with it, but we want to keep it under control, too.”
Twitter is the social network in the NBA star Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement last month and golfer Tiger Woods, the world knows that he will not play at the U.S. Open next week due to a leg injury.
It’s where some recruits – including NC State basketball transfer Ryan Harrow – reveal their plans about what they plan to attend college.
It is also where some words can create waves.
Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb caused a stir a day after the surprise of South Carolina last season when Twitter was to criticize the fans for more that do not appear to games, for being late and by disruptions to the Wildcats.
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury forbade his players from Twitter in February after critical comments.
According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, guard Ravern Johnson published “beginning to see why people transfer can play minutes, but no access to their talents, for the ball to someone or other to see the whole game wit.
His teammate Renardo Sidney retweeted the job.
Stansbury said last week in Destin at the spring meetings of the Southeastern Conference that his players “have no more Twitter. Offseason that may have what they want, but during the season, no. Just let the world costumes and have enough problems as it keeps its fourth local as it used to be. ”
Georgia football coach Mark Richt has imposed no restrictions on the use of their players from Twitter, which is used by 18 percent of those online between the ages of 18 and 29 and 13 percent of online adults, according to Pew Internet & American Life Project.
“I know it’s a big part of the social life of these children,” said Richt. “I’m really not looking to turn it off. Sacrifice enough time to put in school and football, with all that we ask them to do.”
Phillips said: “We always try to educate our players and the monitor, and when I say monitor, we saw what they say, but did not tell them what to say because we know the world we live in.”
Fox restricted to players from the publication in their Twitter accounts from a year ago, but changed the policy this spring.
“They deserve a reward for behavior that have been on the floor,” Fox said “We had a year with good academic achievement and not social issues. They are starting to show some maturity, so we’re going to let some of those guys do. ”
Fox said the freshman still could keep using Twitter.
“There are certain things you should say and certain words should not be,” Fox said “Social media is something that we never met when we were growing up trying to figure out who we were and who we are. That’s something that this generation has to face. That is different. As coaches, we are trying to figure out how to handle that. ”
Georgia, players can tweet about social problems (“I really hope my sister does not act like the girls I’ve seen in music videos,” Twitter Georgia offensive lineman Chris Burnette. “It’s disgusting.) And the trivial (” Wendy’s McD frosted ice> cream cup, published Bulldogs basketball guard Gerald Robinson. “You went to work as a waitress in a ccktail bar … when I met you,” UGA linebacker Brandon Burrows, Twitter relates to a coup 80.).
“If there is any way possible so that the guys who are responsible to him to keep it going, I think it’s great,” said Richt. “If a man is irresponsible with it, usually there’s a good warning the first time. If they continue doing things on a website that is not good or healthy, we will shut a guy down.”
Fox has built its own audience of Twitter, totaling more than 6,750 followers.
Kept fans up to date through its power in adventure travel from Georgia through the winter last season, congratulated his players who graduated last month and offered this time a bit before the “Run for the Roses” in Kentucky: “My Derby selection: Twice the appeal.” The horse finished 10th.
“It’s something I’ve done a bit and enjoy, and I think the fans have enjoyed,” said Fox
Fox says that Twitter is a part of society now, but I think that is a great way for recruits to know their personality or to meet the recruits.
“What is a penny peep what I speak face to face and is a 100 bill,” he said. “It’s much deeper than that.”
Fox is already on board with his players enjoy Twitter – to some extent.
“Children will not be perfect,” he said. “Let’s give them the opportunity to stand on their own feet. If they can handle, which will continue to do so. If not, I guess I have to face the
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