Social media is an amazing invention. It gives everyone, and I mean everyone, an opportunity to stay connected with old friends and meet new people. At the same time, social media can be a very dangerous place.
Twitter is easily the biggest social media site available today and it is no surprise that college athletes everywhere like to put their name out in the “Twitterverse” to gain more fans and be able to vent their frustrations.
For Old Dominion football players, such luxuries have eluded them for nearly half a decade.
Monarchs head coach Bobby Wilder once put a Twitter ban on all of his players believing that if they were on there, they could and would do something to embarrass themselves, their families, or the team. According to College Football Talk, that ban is no longer existent.
Hampton Roads first reported that Wilder has become more lenient due to him joining the social media game. He made an Instagram account per the request of his wife.
“She thought it was time for me to get involved,” he said. “But I was also ready. I felt like it was time for me to take the first step.”
While he has given his team the freedom to be active in the social media world, he still does not want them to abuse their new found “power.” He has even gone as far as threatening suspension or dismissal from the team if his players do anything detrimental on their sites.
“I’ve told our kids if they put something out there that embarrasses their family, their teammates or the Old Dominion program, you could be suspended and/or dismissed,” Wilder said. “I try to relate it to politicians and how things they say come back on them. I think they get it. They understand.”
That is a pretty bold statement from the Monarchs coach. Old Dominion opens the season on the road against Eastern Michigan on September 5. I’m sure players will be tweeting all about it.
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