Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lord Leach?

Football coaches are generally a miserable lot after a loss. They are cranky, cantankerous, short-tempered....it's like having an angry teenager and a petulant toddler in one body.

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has added the word "oppressive" to that mix of adjectives.

Leach decided to ban his players from using Facebook or Twitter after their loss to Houston this weekend. Apparently the way for him to ameliorate his team is to ground the players from any sort of social media.

According to the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal, one player tweeted his disgust that the coaches were late for a meeting while another posted on his Facebook account that Tech's two loss start was not the way he thought the season would go.

Next thing you know, the pages are taken down and Leach is announcing the social media ban.

Really? This is how to handle your team? Rules are fine, punishments for breaking those rules are fine, but to actually have someone monitor Facebook accounts to make sure there's no activity on them? C'mon Coach Leach. You're putting a Darth Vader like grip on your team.

We don't live in China. These are young men who bring millions of dollars into your school and you are supposedly preparing to go out into the world. Treating them like 16 year olds isn't going to bring your team together.

If I'm wrong, I'll happily admit it just as soon has I hear a Tech player credit his team's victory to a lack of updates on Facebook. OMG LOL!

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