Berry Tramel: Bob Stoops to implement a Twitter policy for players

by Berry Tramel Published: March 21, 2011

NORMAN — Jaz Reynolds used Twitter to make light of the University of Texas shooting last autumn.

Kenny Stills used Twitter to complain about NCAA compliance.

Tony Jefferson used Twitter to jab Oklahoma State for ordering Big 12 South division championship rings.

Which is making Bob Stoops all atwitter.

Stoops said Monday he plans to implement a Twitter policy with his Sooner football team.

“Guys that don't know what they're doing need to have it taken away,” Stoops said.

“It's hard to believe they don't get it. They still think they're at East Handkerchief High School, where no one cares. And that's not the case.”

Twitter hadn't come along when Stoops was growing up in Youngstown. Or playing in Iowa City. Or working in Manhattan and Gainesville.

But Twitter has crash-landed on Stoops' desk in Oklahoma. One more thing he's got to deal with coaching college football.

And he doesn't like it when his players talk nonsense. Doesn't like it one little bit.

Not everyone reading this will know what Twitter is. So I'll try to explain it without using phrases like social networking and microblogging. Twitter is a five-year-old Internet service in which you can send and receive messages from anyone else on Twitter.

All kinds of Sooner athletes use Twitter. You can follow the Archie-and-Veronica gushing between Landry Jones and Whitney Hand. You can read Stephen Pledger's anger at the firing of Jeff Capel. And you can follow the ramblings of Stills, Jefferson and Brennan Clay on a variety of subjects.

OU's NCAA compliance office has taken notice. It monitors the tweets of Sooners and has issued warnings.

“dude don't tweet that idk (I don't know) if it's ok w (with) compliance,” teammate Brennan Clay wrote to Stills recently.

Such monitoring doesn't please Stills.

Tramel: Bob Stoops likes team's attitude
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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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