Rules violation leads to FAU football Twitter ban

BOCA RATON — FAU fans who follow the team's players on Twitter won't be hearing from them for a while, as head coach Carl Pelini placed a Twitter ban on his team Friday, citing a violation of unspecified team rules.

Assistant Athletic Director Katrina McCormack said Friday that there will be no official comment from the athletic department regarding the Twitter injunction, but did say in an email: "It has not been banned. It has been taken away."

Cornerback Keith Reaser and running back Travis Jones ironically tweeted the news:

New team policy no more twitter I'm out ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

—¿ Reaser (@KeithReaser3) March 29, 2013

Team rule no twitter I'm out yall

— Travis Jones #25 (@SIMPLYAMAZING25) March 29, 2013

FAU football is not the first team to put an end to athletes tweeting. Miami football did so under Randy Shannon and Washington State coach Mike Leach threatened suspension to any player who tweeted last season. Jimbo Fisher has a Twitter ban at Florida State, as does Pelini's brother Bo at Nebraska. Maryland, Montana, Clemson and Old Dominion are other football squads that have enacted a ban.

There are some who argue that a Twitter ban is a violation of the athlete's first ammendement rights, arguing it qualifies as prior restraint. Thus far, there has been no legal precedent set in regards athletic departments or coaches banning twitter use by athletes.


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