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October 25, 2012PULLMAN -- On Tuesday, Washington State head coach Mike Leach banned his football team from using Twitter.
It's been readily apparent the negative consequences that can result from the improper or immature uses of social media in college athletics. One misguided 'tweet' or 'status update' can have undesirable implications on a student-athlete
But that will no longer be a problem for the Washington State football program.
"Quite frankly, if after today, you see anything from Twitter from our team - and I don't care if says, 'I love life' - I would like to see it because I will suspend them," Leach said.
When it comes to social media and athletics, there is a fine line between what is right and wrong. The ability to post whatever you want, whenever you want, without a filter has created a controversial standoff regarding the ethics of social media -- namely Twitter and Facebook - and it's role in sports.
Leach, who has a Twitter account with a following of over 39,000, was asked what prompted the surprising ban.
"Because I decided to, that's what prompted that," Leach said.
His sentiment -- or non-sentiment, rather - towards social media goes back to his days in Lubbock.
Three years ago, at Big-12 media day while head coach at Texas Tech, Leach was asked about his opinion on technology and social media, in particular.
"They say I had a Twitter site," Leach jokingly said. "Rest assured, if there is one - Twitter, Facebook, MySpace - I have nothing to do with it because I have never sent an email myself. I have other people do them."
Leach hasn't tweeted since Oct. 11, so is remains to be seen whether his "other people" have also been relieved from their tweeting duties.
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