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.
“Guess I'll be cutting down my tweets Smh (shaking my head) they try to control EVERYTHING we do. I'm tired of this ****.”
“Compliance told me to watch what I'm tweeting ... We(‘)re not allowed to have any life while we(‘)re in college.”
These guys are full-bore into Twitter. Our man Jake Trotter posted a blog late afternoon Monday about Florida State's Greg Reid thinking every day about the Sept. 17 Oklahoma game, and it was all the rage among some Sooner tweeters by early evening.
How do they get any video games played with all this Twitter time?
In fairness, most of what's on Twitter is harmless.
“Quick, easy way to make a few jokes,” Clay said. “Get in contact with people, see what they're up to.
“Most of us are smart enough to know what to put on there. You've got to be sensible about it.”
Clay said OU coaches' Twitter message is simple: “Respect the team, respect the school, respect ourselves. Once we say something ignorant on Twitter, it makes us look bad.”
The Sooners don't have the corner on Twitter nonsense. Chad Ochocinco. WNBA player Cappie Pondexter, who recently blamed the Japan tsunami on Pearl Harbor. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who during games used Twitter to rip referees.
The NBA has banned players from Twitter just before and during games. Lots of pro and college coaches have issued Twitter bans. U.S. and European Ryder Cup players banned Twitter during their 2010 competition.
If golfers can't be trusted, who can blame Stoops?
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