UGA’s Fox restricts players’ use of Twitter

MACON — University of Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox is cracking down on his players’ use of Twitter.

Fox said Wednesday night that he wants his players -– several of whom had become prolific tweeters -– to focus on improving the team and to avoid the “distraction” of communicating minutiae about themselves to the world in 140-character snippets.

“I want our players to focus on our team,” Fox said. “I told them, ‘Right now, I don’t want to hear a bunch of Twitter tweets and stuff like that.’  . . . The off-season is about getting better. We need to get better.”

Fox said no particular tweets triggered his Twitter crackdown, which he decreed to the team on Tuesday.

“It’s just that it’s just another distraction,” he said. “It’s just another thing. We’ve got to focus on going to school, going to work, getting better and earning the respect back for Georgia basketball. And I want more focus on that.”

Fox made his comments in an interview before speaking to a Bulldog Club meeting in Macon Wednesday night.

Asked how his players accepted the Twitter restriction, Fox said: “I don’t know if they accepted it or not, [but] that’s how it is. I haven’t completely outlawed it, but I want them to understand the importance of — see, it’s one thing when you don’t expect to be any good and I’m just trying to build confidence in you. A year ago, I was just trying to get them some confidence and pick them up off the ground. Hey, you’re off the ground now, and I expect more. And this is just part of it.”

Fox himself embraced Twitter last year as a way of communicating with Georgia fans,  but his tweets became less frequent as the season — his first at UGA — progressed.

“I did it to get interest back in our program, and I will still do it some,” he said. “But I’m not going to tweet about whether I got up and shaved in the morning or what time I went to bed. It’s just too much information.

“I do think it can be an effective tool if used right, but it still comes back to: Are you working hard enough to do what’s necessary to win? And are you focused enough to do that? And that’s what I want our young people to understand.”

Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, Georgia’s two leading scorers this past season, were among the players who posted frequently on Twitter.

After Fox informed the team of the new policy Tuesday, Thompkins tweeted: “Twitter World, don’t expect anymore interesting tweets from me and @TLeslie… Don’t ask why but there will be NONE ANYMORE!!!!”

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Jamar

May 13th, 2010
1:52 am

As a frequent tweeter, I’m a little saddened by the loss of some entertaining tweets from leslie and thompkins. However, I see how tweets could easily turn into a horrible distraction for the team. Congrats to fox for keeping a tight ship.

gcs

May 13th, 2010
1:58 am

2nd
This is smart. Sometime these guys don’t realize their audience.

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dawgfan

May 13th, 2010
5:53 am

Twitter, Facebook, and the entire world of “social networking” is the biggest overrated waste of time in the history of modern man. I tend to think that’s just a fad that will mercifully fade away with time. Thanks.

guy

May 13th, 2010
6:56 am

A person like Mark Fox or Nick Saban needs to be in the White House instead of the last three pitiful excuses we’ve had.

David

May 13th, 2010
7:00 am

I like the progression Mark Fox is following. Do what you can to build interest and enthusiasm for a suffering program … then convert that interest and enthusiasm into a winning spirit … then raise the bar for his student athletes … then (hopefully) translate that focus into a successful season. Makes sense to me.

CJJScout

May 13th, 2010
7:27 am

I hate basketball, hate it. But I always cheer for all UGA teams and I like the way Mark Fox is running this team more and more.

JB

May 13th, 2010
7:49 am

I’m very pleased with CF and the direction of the program.

That said, win more games and tweet more. In other words, earn the right.

HBTD!!!

Its me Glynn

May 13th, 2010
7:50 am

way to go Fox….make them focus

Tom

May 13th, 2010
7:55 am

Good for Fox, maybe CMR will take note of this. Twitter is so stupid, what a waste of time. Not to mention you just never know what may end up on Twitter that will get you in trouble.

BigDawg

May 13th, 2010
8:03 am

They became infrequent because he team bombed at the end of the year.

Johnny DangerDawg

May 13th, 2010
8:08 am

I don’t want to name names, but I have seen some college athletes who post things like, “I’m sitting in class right now, and I’m soooooo bored.” Not only is twitter a distraction, but also it makes the athletes look like bad students and/or makes the classes look like a joke. Worse yet, I’ve seen some athletes who post photos on twitter of their teammates sleeping in class.

Concrete Pete

May 13th, 2010
8:28 am

Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc. are right up there with video games when it comes to breeding inefficiency. Get focused on life people, it’s happening out there

just a fan

May 13th, 2010
8:52 am

I totally agree with you dawgfan

Monticello Dawg

May 13th, 2010
9:01 am

Must agree with James T. Kirk. If Fox and Richt were any good, they would have a lifetime rollover contract like Hewitt.

A fan of both GADawgs and The First Amendment!

May 13th, 2010
9:13 am

As I recall we live in a country where we have freedom of speech.

The first Amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But playing football,basketball, baseball, or any other sport in college is not a right its a privilege. If coach says get off the social networks then its his right to take him/her off the team until he/she abides by the rules set.

There are different ways to go by this… but everyone does have a right to a voice and/or opinion.

Bryan G.

May 13th, 2010
9:43 am

Wasn’t there a tweet a week or so ago by Leslie about having dinner with the Mr. Georgia basketball kid? I wonder if that has something to do with the ban. Isn’t that an NCAA violation???

Coach Hewitt..

May 13th, 2010
10:06 am

Hey James T Kirk…It’s me, Paul… My good friends Dave Braine & my UGA Law Grad Agent said hello…LMMFAO…$7.1 million or STFU… I run this school….Have a Great Day…Paul…

JaMES

May 13th, 2010
10:12 am

I’m a Tech fan–this Fox guy is great. Looks like he has UGA on the right track, and you gotta love that he realizes what a waste of time this crap is…

Can we have him?

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

May 13th, 2010
10:21 am

Well when your a redneck school such as uga and have lots of incest going on out in a redneck town like athens, then players tend to get in lots of trouble like so. Uga is a joke and im glad my parents did not raise me to like that school. Oh yeah dawg fans, enjoy another choking season. No national title for you once again. Almost 30 years since the only one…hahahahahaha

BG

May 13th, 2010
10:29 am

UGA owns Georgia Tech!!!!!!!!

renegade#1

May 13th, 2010
10:37 am

Way to go Coach Fox. These kids are already distracted enough they sure don’t need to tweet they should be paying attention or in the training room getting in shape for next year. Only thing tweeting does is exercise the fingers; if the only thing you can tweet is i’m bored you need to get off the phone and participate, get involved it may be intertaining; it will surely stimulate the mind.

AceDawg

May 13th, 2010
10:59 am

I wouldn’t call this good or bad. It’s just a decision a coach will make as he sees fit. Makes sense to have the guys focus on school and bball a little more. Nobody is going to hold it against you when you stop sharing what movie you are watching on a Thursday night when you instead dominate on the court.

athensdawg

May 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Focus on winning basketball games instaed of twitter? What kind of a crazy man has UGA hired to be their basketball coach……..crazy like a Fox, I’d say.

UGA_2001

May 13th, 2010
11:18 am

Great job, coach. Kids today, especially those from metro Atlanta, need to realize that technology and material objects are only a distraction from what really matters in life.

I have become more and more sickened by the attitudes of kids from around here and in college.

More focus on the team is EXACTLY what UGA needs in EVERY sport.

AltamahaDawg

May 13th, 2010
11:49 am

good one athensdawg.

YoungDawg

May 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

CMR need to do this as well!

gdawginkalamazoo

May 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

tweeting, facebook, myspace, blogging on UGA sports blogs… God what a tremendous waste of time.

Eat and Tweet

May 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

Too bad CMR hasnt taken this stance. I mean poor ole Jeff Owens face looked like it was about to pop sometimes after his frequent restaurant visits on the tweet. Maybe Perno needs to get his baseball team focused too with all of the 10 run plus beatdowns they are enduring. BTW does Larry Munson tweet these days????

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Bling and blang

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

Eat and tweet….. I agree ! I hope Coach Richt will do the same and stop all of these prima donna’s who hasnt played a down of college football to stop all of this nonsense on twitter and facebook. Its time to get focused and GATA !

gdawginkalamazoo

May 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

If no one ever bothered to read the tweets would people still post a tweet?

anotherdawg

May 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

This does make alot of sense, and after reading some posts on here, such as James T. Kwirk and Monticella imposter Dawg, it makes me realize that being on this blog is an equally waste of time. So, in the words of Curly Joe, well – bye!

twirt

May 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

Tweeting has gotten more retarded the longer it has stayed out. I did not really realize how stupid it was until one of the mobile carriers parodied it by having a news carrier breaking the new news of the twitters…and I realized most likely nobody cares about everything you do.

Crimedog

May 13th, 2010
1:34 pm

Good idea coach. Now if Richt can keep his players from beating up women. . .

reservoirDAWG

May 13th, 2010
1:48 pm

Well, I just went to twitter for the first time. How stupid.

Tech Sucks

May 13th, 2010
1:51 pm

Twitter is stupid anyway.

A simple Question????

May 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

Soooooo….Twitter and facebook ect are all bad, but you turds can sit online and Blog on AJC.com all day???? WTH is up with that?

Charles

May 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

A simple Question gets it…so much irony in a bunch of folks sitting around posting on a blog that Twitter is stupid. Wake up, they’re both forms of social media, people. Additionally, social media has become a huge aspect of marketing for most larger companies and marketing professionals. Twitter and Facebook are both valuable tools. It’s here to stay, friends. As for Georgia’s hoops players, Fox is right to have them focus elsewhere. Marketing is not their trade, and they could say something very stupid.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 13th, 2010
2:37 pm

A simple Question, yes we can. It is called irony according to Charles and being a hypocrite by others.

Joe 5-Star Recruit

May 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

I glad I play football for Coach Mark “High Dive” Richt instead of basketball for somebody who takes the game so serious.

I enjoy my long corn-row hair do, it looks so good when I am side line dancin to my kind of gansta rap music over the loud speakers – don’t matter whether we are ahead or behind.

I love getting my street cred by bailing out of the Clarke County jail from time to time. CMR comes to see me if I can’t bail out, too.

That basketball coach needs to GET REAL.

The Church of the Latter Day Dude

May 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

Georgia QB’s treat objects like women, man.

This will not stand, man. The Dude minds. This agression will not stand man.

Guru

May 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

Its because Leslie tweeted the other day about Marcus Thornton and for some reason Fox wanted it kept quiet and made Travis delete it. He’s not going to UGA anyways.

Stoopid like a Fox

May 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

Yeah right, this clown can’t stop them from doing anything they WANT to do, it’s just like players getting caught drinking, drinking and driving, fighting, etc etc…..THEY WILL DO IT IF THEY WANT TO…I guess he’s telling them not to get online too, yeah sure…….this is not 1969 Russia!!…..all these demands and the players don’t get paid ish, but the school makes all the money and still making cuts, go figure!!

Einsteindawg

May 13th, 2010
5:58 pm

Good for you Coach Fox. If you accept a scholarship ($50,000 p/year) to play at UGA, then all your attention at the game should be on the game. A scholarship is not an entitlement, but a reward…treat it as such (or go to Tech).

Erin

May 13th, 2010
7:32 pm

I didn’t know any of those brainless morons at UGA even knew how to tweet.

Erin

May 13th, 2010
7:35 pm

Okay, I figured it out. The goons have special tutors. :-)

Dawg Rule

May 13th, 2010
8:53 pm

That should make the team better, a real contender for the SEC title. Tweeting weakens legs.

ACC CHAMPS

May 13th, 2010
9:11 pm

The most interesting part of this story is discovering that UGA has a men’s basketball team. How cute!

Mark Fox = hypocrite

May 13th, 2010
9:12 pm

The tweetmaster himself bans tweets. What a loser.