September 14th, 2011 10:50 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama
Tags: Duron Carter, Nick Saban, North Carolina, Penn State
Let’s say you’re a college football coach. A highly-paranoid, lock-all-the-doors, keep-everybody-out football coach. And now let’s say you have a receiver who uses Twitter the morning of a game to let the whole world know — including that day’s opponent — that he won’t be playing in said game.
Nick Saban is such a coach and receiver Duron Carter did that very thing on Saturday prior to Alabama’s game at Penn State. The juco-transfer wideout was expected to hit the field for the first time for the Tide, but though Alabama finally received his transcript, it had not yet “certified” him as ready to play.
And he announced that on Twitter. Saban’s response:
“We monitor guys’ Twitter… Our policy is we don’t want guys to Twitter information about our team that creates an advantage for the other team. Secondly, we monitor guys’ Twitter so that they are not putting information out that could be personally damaging in the future in trems of the kind of information that they choose to put out there. But we don’t have a policy where you can’t do it.”
They should. Everyone should. Someone call Butch Davis and ask him if he wishes he’d implemented a no-Twitter policy at North Carolina.
The Crimson Tide might have a monitoring program, but all that accomplished on Saturday was monitoring Penn State get pre-game roster information from a Bama player.
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