July 18, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp speaks during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
Last year, we tried 50 For 50, and got halfway done before things cropped up. This year, Alligator Army is coming back with 100 For 100, with 100 articles in the 100 days leading up to the first Florida Gators football game of the 2012 season, and will run down storylines, profile players, examine history, and make some predictions, possibly all haphazardly. The only thing we can promise is that each day's entry will bring us all one step closer to "Herrrrrrrrre ... come the Gators!"
In the wake of Jimbo Fisher's Twitter ban for his players (which I think is wrong-headed and short-sighted, especially as it pertains to Tyler Hunter), Will Muschamp was asked about his players' use of Twitter. Here was his response.
As long as the players use it responsibly, Muschamp has no plans to ban them from using the fast-growing social-media message service.
"We don’t have a lot of rules. Number one rule is: don’t embarrass the program, the university or your family," Muschamp said. "We monitor that through a service we have to make sure. We ask them to not talk about any football business on there.
"Unfortunately we got some knuckleheads here and there that will make poor decisions and put something on there. They don’t understand the ramifications of putting something out there that’s not appropriate, but we handle it quickly. I think freedom of speech is one of the great things we have in this country. I don’t have any problem with it, as long as they handle it the right way."
That sounds pretty smart to me, especially the "handle it the right way" bit. Learning how to handle living in public, as Florida football players have to do well for the four years they're in Gainesville, is an important thing for Muschamp's charges to grasp, and working with them to teach that instead of restricting their freedom of speech and limiting their ability to be college-aged kids is, I think, the right way to go.
Also, and this should be noted by every blogger and writer who discusses this: It's not like I don't get something out of Twitter that I didn't get before it. But I try to be fair and use the newly public status of athletes to learn more about them and laugh with them; I can't say that for everyone.