College Coaches' Paranoia Over Social Media & "Internet People"

Couple of interesting clips to take note of this Monday. Boise State's Chris Petersen is banning his players from using Twitter during the season:

The Idaho Statesman is reporting that Boise State coach Chris Petersen has banned players from posting on Twitter for the duration of the football season.

Petersen says posting on the social networking site is a distraction the team doesn't need as the Broncos enter the season as favorites to win another Western Athletic Conference title.

About a dozen players have been regular users of Twitter, but they tell the Statesman they understand the Twitter ban.

I guess I can understand it. However, I think a better course would have been educating those players about how to responsibly used the medium. Perhaps their department has no clue itself. Meanwhile, Urban Meyer is on on a jihad against "internet people":

Meyer said his staff is vigilantly protecting players from "internet people" and "scumbags" by closing practices.

"We can’t live the players’ lives, but we can certainly do the best we can," he said Thursday. "You should have the right as a player to walk from here to there without being bothered.

"When I tell my colleagues that you get dressed, you walk across and people just maul you and bother you and internet people grabbing helmets, ‘Sign this,’ and we don’t have security saying, ‘Get the heck out of here.’ You’ll see a lot more ‘get the heck out of here’ from now on and let the kids go practice and concentrate on football."

Meyer said the ever-growing media coverage of the team is not the problem. Instead, he is worried about interactions that could lead to future issues for the program.

Again, it seems like Meyer is misdirecting his fire. I understand his concern about protecting players from rogue agents. However, the references to "interent people" seems a little silly. It seems like drama that is really not needed and seems to be a distraction on its own. Then again Meyer is very well versed in creating drama that is really not needed given what we saw from him end of last season.


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