Johnson places Twitter ban on Tech :- (

The Twitter-verse will have to LOL without @inyoface50, @Heartbreak_mea and @BIG_O_17 until January. After Georgia Tech players sent out photos of the Yellow Jackets’ new helmet from their Twitter accounts Wednesday, coach Paul Johnson banned players from messaging on the social-media site until the season ends.

That would include the owners of the aforementioned handles, center Jay Finch, cornerback Jemea Thomas and A-back Orwin Smith.

Johnson has had no issue with players’ use of sites like Twitter and Facebook, but cautioned them to use them responsibly and to keep team matters private. Wednesday’s episode proved to be the final straw. The photo of the helmet and messages about it were taken down from players’ accounts shortly after they were posted, but not before other Twitter users began circulating them across the Internet.

Said Johnson, “Let me know if they tweet you.”

It is not an uncommon practice. Men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory doesn’t permit players to send Twitter messages. Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher instituted a Twitter ban over the summer.

“I’ve made it 55 years without tweeting,” Johnson said. “They’ll be O.K. till the end of the football season.”

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu called it a positive that will help the team focus more.

“People are just constantly tweeting,” he said. “Things tend to slip out on Twitter.”

Players can still use Facebook.

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Student

August 30th, 2012
9:30 pm

NCJacket

August 30th, 2012
9:30 pm

haha I totally called this. Sad though because I really enjoyed Heartbreak_mea

Student

August 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

Who you got in this SC-Vandy game Ken? Only problem with vandy winning…it could help u[sic]ga get closer to that east division crown.

George Stein

August 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

This seems awfully silly. Maybe teaching them about what to tweet would be better.

George Stein

August 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

Did he ban Facebook, too, Ken?

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NCJacket

August 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

George Stein, sounds like they already tried that. Also, I’ve seen a LOT of tweet from players that I know would not fly if they were a little bit higher profile players. I’m actually surprised this didnt happen sooner.

Ken Sugiura

August 30th, 2012
9:40 pm

NCJacket beat me to it. They’ve been told. this particular instance seems relatively tame – media would have seen the helmets today – but i think it was an cumulative effect. they can still use facebook, i’m told.
well done, Student. But i have no idea about South Carolina-Vandy. sorry.

George Stein

August 30th, 2012
9:44 pm

I don’t actually follow any of the players, NCJacket, but I did see that Louis Young uses the hash tag #GTTrippyNation, which I think is hilarious for a hundred different reasons.

Josh G

August 30th, 2012
9:51 pm

It was only a matter of time, if you follow any of these guys you know what im talking about.

Erk

August 30th, 2012
10:11 pm

Georgia “Tech”

Jefferson Davis Hogg

August 30th, 2012
10:20 pm

I don’t tweet myself but know enough about it that sometimes, although not in this instance, the players don’t represent their universities and institutions in the most positive of light due to some of the language that is used, things said, etc. Too much trash talk for the world to see. I would like to see CMR lay down the same policy as CPJ. It seems the world has progressed, at times, too far for our own good. I found it very refreshing to go to the mountains last week and not be able to pick up a phone signal anywhere.

BUZZ Fan

August 30th, 2012
10:30 pm

WOW, just muzzle the kids, take their cell phones, put spyware on their laptops, and tighten up the leash to make them obey!

Mike Bell 790

August 30th, 2012
10:50 pm

BG

August 30th, 2012
11:30 pm

billyBobjacket

August 30th, 2012
11:44 pm

Our sports blogger admits to “having no idea” about a nationally televised game between two teams in neighboring states, one ranked in the top ten and the other a frequent direct competitor in recruiting. Doesn’t the fan base deserve somebody with a bit more knowledge of the game outside the perimeter?

yeller bug

August 31st, 2012
12:10 am

Hopefully, we’ll get focused, play well and have something to tweet about it January.

yeller bug

August 31st, 2012
12:13 am

Billybob: Ken does a great job for us and updates us on the Jackets—though interesting, the SC-Vandy game is of considerably less concern and if Ken doesn’t want to comment on it, then that’s fine with us.

Hap Hines

August 31st, 2012
12:17 am

Other than possibly their families who would give a rats a@$ what a GT player posts on anything?

Charles

August 31st, 2012
12:21 am

1984 offense and 1984 policies – woof woof

Supersize that order, mutt

August 31st, 2012
12:44 am

@ Hap Hines…..apparently you do, or you wouldn’t feel the necessity to comment on it

Supersize that order, mutt

August 31st, 2012
12:46 am

@ Charles……funny the dwags haven’t exactly stopped it yet. Losses were due to mistakes and lousy defense on our part. 467 yards of offense last year against the dwags; just couldn’t take it to the house.

Innocent Bystander

August 31st, 2012
1:22 am

The picture of the helmet wasn’t the issue here. It was the fact that the picture was taken in the team locker room. That’s a big no-no for anyone on any team.

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superDawg

August 31st, 2012
5:47 am

@supersize look at the scoreboard at the end of the game.Rushing yards mean nothing in the end!

BobbyDawg

August 31st, 2012
6:46 am

Who cares what the new helmets look like. I think they should put a picture of them on the front page of the AJC for all the world to see. I’m sure that all the ADULT students at Tech are thinking how childish this of coach Johnson. “GO DAWGS”!

The New ACC

August 31st, 2012
7:50 am

Great idea in my book….

#1. Less things to worry about. Why would a coach want to spend time trying to explain why player XYZ tweeter something stupid?

#2. Don’t give the opponents something to get themselves pumped up about. These kids (yes, college kids) could tweet something about how they will “destroy” the next opponent. Not a good idea.

#3. Why allow any possibility to potentially leak out plays or ANYTHING regarding strategy? I can see it now, “We just finished practice where we perfected a Statue of Liberty play that we’ll use this week.”

Today’s technology is overkill and consumes the time of the simple minded.

OldGold1964

August 31st, 2012
8:26 am

Fairly obvious, nothing good can come for relying on “Social Media”. And for those that ‘think’ they must use it, keep it simple and without close family parameters.

WnE

August 31st, 2012
8:34 am

re:
The New ACC
August 31st, 2012
7:50 am

Great idea in my book….
#2. Don’t give the opponents something to get themselves pumped up about. These kids (yes, college kids) could tweet something about how they will “destroy” the next opponent. Not a good idea.

Today’s technology is overkill and consumes the time of the simple minded.
________________

Bulletin board talk only motivates for maybe 1 or 2 plays at the most, no way it will make a difference for over 100 plays by both teams combined.

We at GT don’t recruit simple minded Athletes.

The SAs that GT recruits are supposed to be so smart that they should be able to handle social media, after all, according to the rest my fellow Alums, our guys are headed to NASA to enter the Astronaut Program after their eligibility is used up.

gt4ever

August 31st, 2012
8:39 am

Good Grief…. Really… Ban on tweeting….. I’m a twitter quiter, so I don’t give a Damn…. Just Win football games coach… You have NO excuses, there all your players…

Big C

August 31st, 2012
8:53 am

Great Job Coach! Focus on the task at hand! Stop worrying about tweeting and everything else! By the way, who follows the tweets of a 19-21 year old?

Ghost

August 31st, 2012
9:32 am

Supersize, Tech didn’t have 467 yards offense against Georgia in 2011. Looked like it was pretty well contained. Most all yardage in 2nd half came when game was out of reach.

GameTime

August 31st, 2012
9:44 am

Great move by the Coach. Support the move 100%. Tweets about team matters should be off limits. Disappointed in the players who didn’t realize this.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 31st, 2012
10:02 am

@ Ghost….you are right; I added the wrong 2 numbers. Total offense was actually 355 yards. Still, it was Tech’s lack of defense more than Grantham’s defense that blew the game for Tech.

GTechster

August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

Hey look, buLLdawg is posting as WnE again acting like a Tech fan!

George Stein

August 31st, 2012
10:23 am

The two third quarter picks in our own zone ended that game.

Cosmo

August 31st, 2012
10:43 am

Good call coach.

HighTech

August 31st, 2012
10:57 am

Someone should ban WnE from using Twitter. He has clearly abused it in the past.

GT Lee

August 31st, 2012
11:04 am

@HT,

Gollum should be banned from ALL social media, including sports blogs.

Old Dawg

August 31st, 2012
11:38 am

AJC missed its chance for a great headline:

Tech Twits Tweet Takes Toll

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 31st, 2012
11:40 am

Ken does a great job doing his job which is covering GEORGIA TECH sports. Why should he give a rat’s _ _ _ about the overrated SEC. We don’t. ” GO JACKETS “

GT Lee

August 31st, 2012
11:43 am

Hey Old Dawg, they didn’t miss this one, though:

Kyle Carter, UGA pitcher and former Little League World Series star, arrested on weapons charge

Hey GTLee...

August 31st, 2012
12:02 pm

…you are abosulutely correct – but it ain’t no Crowell deal, though the kid will probably be kicked out of school even though he is a baseball player brandishiing a baseball bat -

“The bat’s a weapon under the Georgia code section. A bat can be used for athletic purposes, but once it’s used as a weapon, it becomes a weapon on school grounds.”

Hey GTLee...

August 31st, 2012
12:03 pm

“absolutely” – geesh…

GT Lee

August 31st, 2012
2:21 pm

@ Hey GTLee

I was only responding to the Old Dawg’s troll post…..I absolutely agree it was not a Crowell deal; however, the kid should not have threatened someone with ANY kind of weapon.

GT Lee

August 31st, 2012
4:15 pm

actually, the kid shouldn’t have threatened anyone, and he should not have been brandishing any kind of weapon…….there are better ways to handle the situation.

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DawgNole

August 31st, 2012
7:02 pm

I’m with CPJ on this one–as I was with Fisher when he did it. Focus should be on football this time of year–not on some imbecile tweets.

DawgNole

August 31st, 2012
7:04 pm

GTechster
August 31st, 2012
10:12 am

Hey look, buLLdawg is posting as WnE again acting like a Tech fan!
________________

Is he the one aka Thomas Brown?

Delbert D.

August 31st, 2012
9:00 pm

I wonder if Taylor King of chuckoliver.net is that wne guy that you guys post about (I have yet to read one of his posts; I skip-browse the blogs.) King, who is the guy that provides coverage of Tech on Oliver’s site has written articles about Bronco Mendenhall of BYU getting “an audition” at Bobby Dodd Stadium this fall “should Georgia Tech decide to make a change.” Next, he wrote an article about Vanderbilt’s James Franklin being suitable for the job.