Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became a household name thanks to his incredible play in 2012, but he's received much more attention because of negative reaction to his opinions and photos posted on Twitter. With that in mind, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has banned his players from using the social media service until the 2013 season ends.
"We try to do a good job of educating our guys and correcting bad behavior when we get it," Swinney told orangeandwhite.com. "But then once as we get into the season, we'll put all that stuff on the shelf."
Clemson isn't the first football program to ban players from Twitter. Washington State head coach Mike Leach made the move last October, and the debate over whether players should be allowed to tweet their thoughts has gone on for some time. Some players may take exception to having their opinions stifled, but most don't seem to mind. At least, they understand the reasoning.
As far as Clemson players are concerned, the ban doesn't seem to be an issue:
Last tweet! love my twitter followers, Go Tigers see y'all in the valley and meet y'all at the top!— Tajh Boyd (@TajhB10) August 1, 2013
Did everything I said I would do twitter finna be shut off after the season honestly I can't wait to give all my time my love 🏈💍😘 #autogrind— Sammy Watkins (@SammyWatkins7) August 1, 2013
We will return to u vine!!! Big Reeg https://t.co/u8G0fkK1KU— Cole Stoudt (@CStoudt_18) August 1, 2013
Alright twitter, time to do work. 🏈 I'll be back in January. Don't miss me too much. #NoFear Psalm 27— Chandler Catanzaro (@TheCatMan39) August 1, 2013
Twitter ban starts today! See you guys after the season! #allin— Jay Guillermo (@Jay_Guillermo57) August 1, 2013
Too-da-loo Twitter, ill see ya in January.— Ben Boulware (@benboulware7) August 1, 2013
My last tweet until Jan ...... Psalm 27 "No Fear" #letsgo— Quandon Christian (@OHYEAH_BIG12) August 1, 2013
With that being said. It's time to hop in the football season submarine. See you next year. Love you all. 🙏 #tigernation— Ronnie Geohaghan (@GoNasty15) August 1, 2013
Alright twitter it's been real. Time to get this job. Next thing I tweet will be after the BCS championship 🙏☝🙌🏈— Jordan Leggett (@Dream_Chasing16) August 1, 2013
💪ʷʰʸ ʷʰʸ 🙏 ʷʰʸ ʷʰʸ 😆 ʷʰʸ ʷʰʸ 🏆 ʷʰʸ Because we are all in ʷʰʸ 🏃 ʷʰʸ 🐅 ʷʰʸ ʷʰʸ🐾 ʷʰʸ 🏈— D.O'Daniel (@DougieDTripleOD) August 1, 2013
The Tigers appear to be much more concerned with their results than with their Twitter ban. That is most definitely a good thing for Clemson.