Farewell for now: Clemson segment of Twitter Universe goes silent for season

'If they say just one little thing just a little wrong...it's a firestorm and a I'm having to deal with it. I don't like distractions'

Football - Dabo Swinney's 2013 annual media golf outing at The Reserve

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Football - Dabo Swinney's 2013 annual media golf outing at The Reserve

The Tigers, one by one, bid you farewell.

Clemson's segment of the Twitter Universe is going silent today, as players put their social media accounts into hibernation for the season.

It's all part of Dabo Swinney's plan to help his young people focus.

"I hate distractions," Swinney said recently.

Swinney knows he can't turn back the clock, and he doesn't want to. He believes, however, that there's a time and a place for everything.

"It's the world we live in, and there's a lot of good in it," said Swinney of the various social media platforms. "The technology is fascinating, and all that's happened in past 10-15 years. But it's also very dangerous.

"We try to do a good job of educating our guys and correcting bad behavior when we get it. But then once as we get into the season, we'll put all that stuff on the shelf."

Part of Swinney's reasoning is that the time spent updating and responding to social media posts is simply "one more thing" for players already overloaded with responsibilities.

"I'm just a believer that these are young people, and all of a sudden you have a guy with 20,000 people following him," Swinney said. "It's just one more thing that you have to check every morning - brush your teeth, comb your hair, shower, eat breakfast, and year, I've got to send my tweet out. In my opinion it's just one more thing."

And then there's the question of content: the possibility that a spur of the moment, digitalized thought can turn into a national headline.

"If they say just one little thing just a little wrong - and these are young people - and in the world we live in, it's a firestorm and I'm having to deal with it," Swinney said. "I don't like distractions - I hate distractions.

"So we try to manage that. I give them plenty of freedom in the off-season. But during the season, I want to minimize as many distractions as we can and really focus on the task at hand."

So last evening, the Tigers began signing off, including freshman defensive end Shaq Lawson, who wrote: "Last night on twitter it's time for camp."

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clemsongent writes:

Good move. The players don't need this kind of distraction.

clemvol writes:

No twitter = Focus = Dedication = Perection = Winning = All that's needed to know (not putting your business on the street)= Leaving it all on the field. Now do it.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

You are treating them like they are kids. Oh, yea, they are kids!!! Pretty good idea to do what Dabo did. They, and everyone else can live without social media. Good thing Dabo.

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