Chicago, IL - Add another high profile college football team to the no Twitter list.
On Friday at Big Ten Media Days, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini confirmed his players won’t be tweeting anymore, at least not in the near future.
“I laid the ground rules and said 'if you screw it up, it ain’t coming back,'” said Pelini. “To me there is nothing good that can ever come from Twitter...The only things that can happen through Twitter are bad, in any regards.
“To take your random thoughts and put them out there for the whole world to see, what good can ever come of that? It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
While programs like Florida State are banning it for just the season, it appears Nebraska players could be done for good.
“I told them I might revisit it later on down the road, but until you said something it was the furthest thing from my mind,” said Pelini.
Players stopped tweeting shortly after a barrage of tweets by Nebraska defensive end Eric Martin on July 11th. His comments ending with, "NEED OUR CHECKS," made national headlines, as the topic of paying college football players heats up.
“Too much of my job is concerned with that, and it’s a shame. Especially here,” said Pelini regarding off the field distractions like social media. “You tell your players don’t read the blogs, or don’t do this, or don’t do that. They are human, so they hear it and see it. I as much worry about it when things are going good as when things are going bad.
“You either play good and are the '85 Bears or you lose and the sky is falling...There is not a lot of middle ground.”
Pelini says his program tries to take an even keel approach and continue with the process, no matter the situation.
“It’s not easy to keep a kid 17 to 20 years old, with all the things going on, on an even keel; it’s a big challenge,” said the fifth-year head coach. “We are always trying to give them a certain message and there are times, not by people purposefully doing it, but they are always getting contradictory messages and subliminal messages thrown out at them.”
Nebraska opens up fall camp on August 4th, as the the Huskers get ready for year two in the Big Ten.