Derek Dooley won't ban Twitter yet

DESTIN, Fla. - Tennessee football players have been and continue to be free to tweet to their heart's content, but that doesn't mean their coach has to like it.

Derek Dooley, speaking to a handful of reporters Tuesday before the SEC's spring meetings at the Sandestin Hilton beach resort, hinted that he's grown tired of the behavior of select players on Twitter, the wildly popular social networking and microblogging service.

"Some of our guys aren't managing it responsibly," Dooley said. "I'm not sure what value it brings to them or our program, other than serving their ego of seeing how many followers I can get."

Dooley, who has a Twitter account but hasn't said anything on it since the 2010 season opener, isn't big on all-encompassing policies, so he's yet to enact any major Twitter-related restrictions. His only request, which hasn't always been granted, is that players don't tweet on game days.

A number of coaches throughout college sports have enacted Twitter bans, including Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury and Boise State football coach Chris Petersen.

Dooley isn't ready to go that far - yet.

"I'd rather that players just learn how to manage it responsibly," he said. "How are they going to do it when they get out of college? Same thing with Facebook and everything else.

"When you have the policy that I have, inevitably you're going to have some times that they do something that's going to (make me) say, 'I wish I banned it.' "

No Comment: UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek declined to comment after Thursday's meetings with league presidents and NCAA president Mark Emmert.

The presidents will vote on a variety of legislative proposals today. Potential limits on the practice of oversigning has been the most prominent topic of discussion throughout the week, and Cheek said he would meet with UT athletic director Mike Hamilton early today to hammer out where the school stands on the issue.

On Wednesday, the SEC's football coaches voted unanimously to keep the signing cap at 28 players per season. On the table is new legislation that would limit schools to just 25 players and place restrictions on medical hardship waivers.

"We'd love the SEC to play a lead role in doing the right thing, but we would hope the NCAA would adopt whatever we do," South Carolina president Harris Pastides said. "I think that's where our ADs and our coaches - they don't want us to be so far out in front that we're the only league that clamps down on that."

Strength In Numbers: Dooley wasn't able to present his case for increasing coaching staff sizes Tuesday, but he apparently was able to have the floor for a moment Wednesday.

Dooley, upset over potential NCAA legislation that would put restrictions on non-coaching staff members, has stumped that football programs should expand their on-field staffs to tighten up the coach-to-player ratio, which is the highest in all college sports.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said he was aware of Dooley's platform before they arrived for the week's meetings. Like Dooley, he didn't think much progress would be made on the issue at this particular set of meetings, but was happy to get the discussion rolling.

"Obviously the statistics don't lie," Hamilton said. "On the ratio side of things there, there is a different ratio in football. As it relates to particular legislation, there's a time frame that you have to have that in place before you come to these meetings."

Martin Goes to Birmingham: Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin was one of a number of coaches from around the league invited to the SEC's headquarters in Birmingham for an orientation seminar last month.

All coaches who are new to the SEC, or have been away from the conference for more than four years, are required to attend.

Martin said the day trip was heavy on information about the league. Commissioner Mike Slive said he left the new coaches with a friendly reminder to stay out of trouble.

"I talk to them about mistakes, violations and how we recommend that they manage those in a very constructive way," Slive said. "Then I talk to them and tell them if they intentionally commit violations that there really is no room for them in our family."

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Comments » 15

GreerVol22 writes:

Well, as long as we don't have to be exposed to his big orange "Weiner" like the guy in NY then all will be well.

MikeInTN writes:

I just don't understand how Mike Hamilton is still our AD. Doesn't anyone in the U.T. administration, or board of trustees realize that a change needs to be made? It's disheartening!!!

VolMoment writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

I just don't understand how Mike Hamilton is still our AD. Doesn't anyone in the U.T. administration, or board of trustees realize that a change needs to be made? It's disheartening!!!

You don't get it yet. Your head is to small to hold a brain. The AD job is bigger than your petty complaints. The Administration does realize
that a change does not need to be made. So idoit go hang out with the Ronald McDonald remove group.

born2ride writes:

Stansbury banned Twitter after Renardo Sidney and Ravern Johnson criticized the coaching staff and fans. Made them close their accounts.

More players are going to stir up trouble with their Twitter and FaceBook postings.

winVol writes:

in response to VolMoment:

You don't get it yet. Your head is to small to hold a brain. The AD job is bigger than your petty complaints. The Administration does realize
that a change does not need to be made. So idoit go hang out with the Ronald McDonald remove group.

U are no vol fan,, jerk

MothershipChip writes:

in response to winVol:

U are no vol fan,, jerk

Despite the massively negative tone, the dude has a good point. Much like Ronald McDonald, Mike Hamilton will be around for quite some time.

MtJ_Orange writes:

I hope that Dooley has banned the hand gestures after TDs. I like to see the players having fun but I don't want to see any refs reaching for their pockets.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to ShaversChoice:

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I agree, makes one wonder what happens when Weiner gets to big for his britches. I just wonder how all this is effecting his sons Oscar and Nathan?

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

I'm just curious, DC--how many "creative" names can you come up with after you keep getting banned? :) lol Trollers be trollin'... :)

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Just as Coach Muskrat doesn't have any WINS yet to go publicly predicting Ws against teams, like he did for the UGA game this year, right? Hmm. Seems fair.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Seems like Muschamp, Saban, and Spurrier don't have any clout either. They signed the pay to play proposition and it was squashed too. So What?

TommyJack writes:

No need to ban Twitter. Just ban teenagers.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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And how can you honestly imply that Muschamp has earned the right to be considered one of the 'serious coaches' in the league when he has yet to coach a single SEC game, or ANY game for that matter?!?

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

And how can you honestly imply that Muschamp has earned the right to be considered one of the 'serious coaches' in the league when he has yet to coach a single SEC game, or ANY game for that matter?!?

Because he can't. I love the fact these Jort fans are all-a-twitter (no pun intended) with excitement over Weis though. LOLOLMAOALOMAO!!!!! Weis the Whale. Heck even at his largest, Phil Fulmer looked like an Ethiopian compared to Weis. Weis is an embarrassment to any athletic program. Mushchump jumped a sinking ship over at Tejas U to a school where he thinks the recruiting will be easy. Haw, haw, haw. Florida is changing back from Gator territory to Seminole land as evidenced this last recruiting season. Ole' Mushchump will probably regret taking the helm of the Swamp Jorts.

Oh, and you are 100% correct. At least Dooley has games under his belt. Muschump's got nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. That would worry me if I were a Jort fan, then again being a Jort fan would worry me. And, taking La Tech to a bowl game is like taking the Jorts to the BCS title game. Dooley wasn't at Tejas U where 5 star recruits are easier to score than a Jort fan getting VD.

pammyvol1000 writes:

Twitter is not for complaining or using profanity or getting attention. If used with dignity it can be encouraging. I love the to follow Inky Johnson. He has such a postive outlook on life. I have blocked some of the new guys that are all about being cute and cool.. I think it will be coming soon... twitter will be banned because of those few with no respect to the public or to the Tennessee program.

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