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Holtz: Banning players from Twitter not the answer

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When Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher came out with news that he was banning players from using Twitter, I used that very platform to argue against such a move, saying it’s far better for a football program to show its athletes the right and wrong way to use such a forum for public expression rather than take away the privilege from all of them.

Twitter can definitely get you in trouble, as two Olympians have found out in London, but I was pleased at Tuesday's Big East media day to hear Skip Holtz’s take on players and Twitter –- on a fundamental level, and to keep what has been a great window into USF players and their personalities off the field.

“I think it’s part of our future, part of our culture. To say right now ‘Nobody can tweet’ is not the answer," he said. "The obligation we have as coaches is to educate our players to the do’s and don’ts of social media. Not just Twitter, but Facebook and everything else. So to run from it and say you can’t do it, I don’t believe is the answer.

"We don’t have that type of restrictions on our players. We do do an awful lot twice a year. We have an hour presentation about the do’s and don’ts, the goods and bads, highs and lows, stories and examples of people who have thrown away their scholarship, thrown away their careers, have buried themselves from an image standpoint because of social media. We just want to make sure some of those pitfalls that are out there with social media don’t reach up and grab one of our young men."

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:36pm]

    

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