Something died within the Miami Hurricanes football program on Wednesday afternoon. As of 2:30pm, all the players’ twitter accounts were closed down. Even though many players use their twitter pages as a form of expression and interaction, it has been known to get people in trouble. Earlier we told you about Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen making a Tim Tebow-like promise on his account and later deleting it. Ty Lawson got in trouble for an inappropriate tweet about the Kardashians. For all the benefits of using an accounts, there can be a lot of negative issues that arise.
With that in mind, Coach Randy Shannon decided to put an end to all twittering by his players saying, “The goal is to limit distractions and help them focus. There are bigger goals than tweeting.” I agree completely, especially after players tweets’ becomes the central focus of the program.
Last week, the whole internet world was buzzing over Jacory Harris’ Raiders overalls picture. Things probably went overboard when Harris tweeted “Middle fingers everywhere. This is why you play college football” prior to Miami’s game against Ohio State (pictured above). Shannon is a no nonsense coach who was probably willing to put up with things until they became a problem. A big loss to the Buckeyes, four interceptions, a 1-1 record, and making fun of Jim Tressel is not what he wanted out of the program. Until things are turned around, all the screwing around is over for the Canes. It’s all about business now.
Miami Hurricanes players ordered to shut down Twitter accounts [The Miami Herald]