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Sees policy as a way to help his players avoid poor decisions

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Several college football coaches around the country this year have made the decision to establish policies regarding their players' use of Twitter.

Now add UNLV to the list.

As fall camp opened last Tuesday, UNLV players said goodbye to their Twitter accounts.

"We did a lot of research around the country," second-year coach Bobby Hauck said. "Everyone in our league has a policy on it, you see the SEC and different people making policies, so we just decided to rein all that in.

"(The policy) gives young guys less of an opportunity to make a bad decision."

UNLV's policy is that players are no longer allowed on Twitter while members of the team. Hauck said players are still allowed on Facebook, citing it as a valuable communication tool between them and both friends and family.

As for Twitter, Hauck saw firsthand last season just how much of a distraction it can be, thus adding more merit to his policy

Following a 44-26 home loss to rival Nevada-Reno early last October, star receiver Phillip Payne posted a few disparaging remarks on his Twitter feed. He caught eight passes for a career-high 170 yards in the game, but the frustration from a 1-4 start to the season boiled over and led to a minor lapse in judgment.

Payne sat two games in the middle of his junior season after being tapped as an All-Mountain West selection heading in, but he and Hauck had a handful of heart-to-heart talks towards the end of the year and smoothed everything over.

He ultimately signed off last week, with a couple of tweets bidding his followers farewell.

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  1. Good for Bobby, twitter is a waste of time and is something we can all do without. I am not on twitter, I don't care that some celebrity sends a message to their fans that they are at the 7-11 buying milk or whatever. Productivity is better without it.
    I have a phone, a computer, A TV, the daily newspaper and a radio, what else does one need to communicate or get information?

  2. Twitter is a great tool for keeping up on current events and even to find out news before it breaks. You only get what you subscribe to, so if you were concerned about the last legislative session, for example, folks in the Assembly and Senate were sending out news via twitter before the news readers on TV had a chance to recite what we "should" know. News regarding the collapse of the stage at the Indiana state fair over the weekend was out on twitter with links to video and charities to help before FOX would break into their REPLAY of the Iowa straw poll from earlier that day, MSNBC's All-Prison All-Weekend Lockup line-up, or CNN's re-run of Piers Morgan interviewing Denise Richards. Twitter is obviously becoming more relevant and helpful than much of the mainstream media.

  3. Good job Bobby. That's a great decision. Twitter is a distraction & a waste of time. Bobby & his coaching staff are on their way to turning UNLV football into a winning team!! GO REBELS!

  4. Banning Twitter is ridiculous and archaic. As a coach it's Hauck's job to teach these kids how to deal with life and become men, not avoid it. For those of you that don't "like" Twitter, guess what? It's not for you. It's primary demographic is the younger generation.

  5. I think all of this ban on twitter is ridiculous. The correct measure I thnk would be to go to the players and have a meeting. At the meeting tell them they are now looked at with a magnifying glass by everyone and everything they say can be used against them. Once that is established, reiterate that if they have a problem or a concern about anything having to do with the team or UNLV, they need to take it up with the coaches or administration.

    Banning it altogether is a loss of trust in your players in my eyes. Yes Payne said those things last season, and he paid the price. The coaches probably need to know what their players are thinking about the program, and the coaches need to be able to be accessible and open to the players and they wouldn't post a bad comment.

  6. Also, I might add, that I have found extremely helpful tools and connections for work within twitter. It's not for everyone, and I was also skeptical about it and didn't see much use for it until I got on board and I'm glad I have because it is extremely useful and not all about celebrities and where people are eating lunch at.

  7. Perfect analysis Wade, that's the way it should be.

  8. Unless a no twitter policy is an NCAA mandate, it will only help recruiting for other schools that allow it. Like it or not, twitter is really important to young people. Teach them about the proper use and ramifications, but denying them access will kill recruiting.

  9. @Tscnide: If the determining factor in a player's choice of schools is a Twitter policy, that's not the kind of guy you want on your team anyway. If a social medium is his primary concern, that shows you where his head is.

    Other schools have been burned over things their players have said on Twitter. Locker room conversations presumed to be confidential, reports of illegal activity and possible NCAA violations have broadcast over Twitter. I believe that Coach Hauck made a wise decision.

  10. spoken like someone out of touch with technology and kids orca17

  11. Well said orca17! It's not about being out of touch with technology. Payne (whom is a product of Sanford) burned them last year with his poor judgement using Twitter. Unfortunately, one bad apple ruins it for the whole bunch. By banning the use of Twitter while on the team, it is teaching the kids a lesson. If they want the privileges, they need to show that they can handle it. Obviously at this point, they haven't proved that.

  12. Here is what the headline should have read - "UNLV coach Bobby Hauck establishes no-Losing policy with players".

    Now THAT would have been newsworthy!

  13. That's a given. Maybe if the players were studying the playbook & concentrating on the next opponent instead of Tweeting they would win.

  14. orca17
    I understand the point of view, but isn't it the job of the University to TEACH kids for the future? Social media is not going away, so UNLV has an obligation to teach students about this just as corporate America teaches about appropriate e-mails, facebook, etc. And frankly, Hauck needs to keep people away from his quaterback more than worrying about twitter.

  15. @loyucky you trying to tell us that a player is supposed to wake up in the morning, read the playbook, practice, go home and more playbook for their entire life until they are done? If you went to college, did you stay in your dorm room and study all day everyday except when class was in session and never go out once at all? That's ignorant.

  16. Ya know...I'm sure Bobby is working on keeping people away from his quarterback but the ignorant media chooses to make a big deal about a menial topic.

    As a parent, if I found out my child was making poor choices on a social networking site, I'd take the privilege of using that away until they can prove that they are responsible & can make good choices.

    @sofakingbored... obviously you haven't played college sports. It takes alot of dedication to be a successful collegiate student athlete.