PLANO, Texas — Twitter can be a wonderful thing.
It's the way millions of people receive their news, connect with old friends and make new ones.
It's also a way for sports fans to speak directly to — and experience the thrill of being spoken to by — their favorite athletes.
But aspects of Twitter can and have given Bob Stoops plenty of headaches.
Jaz Reynolds tweeting insensitive comments in the aftermath of a shooting in Austin, Texas.
Kenny Stills complaining about compliance.
Tony Jefferson lamenting his lack of a spot on the All-Big 12 team.
And the latest Twitter fiasco in Soonerland: Kameel Jackson's impulsive announcement that he was transferring to Texas A&M.
Jackson was one of four Sooners suspended indefinitely by Stoops for violating team rules. The suspensions were handed down before Jackson's Twitter announcement, which didn't mention why he suddenly wanted out of Norman.
“He shouldn't be on Twitter when he's making a foolish statement,” Stoops said last week before speaking at the Sooner Caravan in Plano. “He's making a statement that he shouldn't be making when he's already been suspended for eight or 10 games. He didn't detail that on his Twitter.”
Trey Franks, Quentin Hayes and Jaz Reynolds were removed from their scholarships, but Stoops allowed Jackson to work through summer school.
“‘Since I can't play this year, maybe I'll go somewhere else,'” Stoops said when describing Jackson's thought process. “Then he decides, or realizes, he'll have to sit out next year too (if he transfers).
“That isn't why he's coming back; maybe parents or other influences realize, ‘It's all your fault. If you want to go to class and do simple things that you're able to do, you can play here.'”
Texas A&M was reportedly unaware of Jackson's intent to transfer, and uninterested in having him transfer.
Two days after Jackson's tweet, Stoops announced the four players' suspensions, and about a week later, the sophomore-to-be tweeted he'd stay at OU after all, adding that his suspension was because he was missing too much class.
“It's the unfortunate reality of Twitter, where you have young people who shouldn't have them when they're not in a position that they have solid decisions in their mind,” Stoops said.
If Jackson is able to return to the field this season, it could be a big boost for an OU team suddenly lacking experienced wideouts.
He started two games and played in 11 as a true freshman, finishing with 12 receptions for 165 yards.
“There's no guarantee for the fall,” Stoops said. “That'll be my decision, and it was my decision to allow him to at least work through summer to see where he'll be. If he isn't going to do things like our entire team does, it'll be my decision and he won't be here.
“So he can Twitter that when that happens, whether he's here or not. We'll see what the Twitter says come August.”