Social Media Bans For College Athletes

Some colleges tend to bring in a lot of revenue due to their great college sport teams, but that also means they have a reputation to uphold. Universities across the country are obtaining a good reputation by banning their athletes from using their social media not only during their sports season but the duration of the school year.

 “Well, we have some dumb, immature players that put crap on their Twitter, and we don’t need that. So the best thing to do is just ban it . . . .” Steve Spurrier, the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks football team said.

Some of the universities that participated in a similar ban include: The Mississippi State University men’s basketball team, the New Mexico State University men’s basketball team, The University of Georgia men’s basketball program, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, the Boise State University Broncos, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

So, are social media bans for athletes THAT bad? The way I see it, they are protecting these students and their potential careers in the world of sports or other career ventures. I do believe banning social media outside of their sports season is a bit much. However, if their dream is to play sports, restricting their social media can help their social media presence appeal to recruiters.  

1 thought on “Social Media Bans For College Athletes

  1. I’m curious as to why this ban is only pertaining to the athletes that attend the schools. What does this say about the athletes in comparison to the rest of the students? Are the athletes so much more immature than the rest of the students who are capable of having a Twitter account without the school banning them from having one? Perhaps other students are just as vile and immature on social media but the schools place so much of their reputation and worth on their sports teams that the other students are free to post whatever they want without fear of the repercussions. Really intriguing topic that I would like to explore more!

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