“The technology is fascinating, and all that’s happened in past 10-15 years. But it’s also very dangerous. We try to do a good job of educating our guys and correcting bad behavior when we get it. But then once as we get into the season, we’ll put all that stuff on the shelf.”
Dabo went on to say, “If they say just one little thing just a little wrong, and these are young people..and in the world we live in, it’s a firestorm and I’m having to deal with it. I don’t like distractions; I hate distractions.”
Is this strange? Yes.
Is this a little out of the blue? Sure.
Is this justifiable and with good intention? Absolutely.
Not only is Dabo taking away a distraction from his team, he is also eliminating the possibility of anything tweeted by one of Clemson’s players being taken out of context and over scrutinized by the media. Or even worse, the possibility of him having to suspend a player because of a hateful or not-thought-through tweet that is posted on Twitter.
Remember, although these players are regarded as some of the best in college football and some will undoubtedly go pro, they are still kids in a sense. Things are going to happen, whether based on pride or stubbornness, where a player will face a situation where he receives a controversial tweet and will want to respond to it to protect his ego.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd faced that situation a few weeks ago when he was called out by Jadeveon Clowney saying that he was scared. Tajh wrote a tweet, but used better judgement and hit delete before sending it out. But all it takes is that split-second of poor judgement, and that tweet is sent out, starting controversy and attracting negative attention to themselves and the Clemson football team.
The team doesn’t seem too bummed about Coach Dabo’s decision. Freshman linebacker Ben Boulware tweeted, “Too-da-loo Twitter, ill see ya in January.”
With Twitter gone as a distraction, the Tigers can focus on what’s important: winning games. Besides, tweeting’s for birds; South Carolina can tweet all they want from their couches in January.