Leach bans Cougars from Twitter

PULLMAN — Just one week after players were instructed by a professional about the dangers of social media, Twitter is no more for the Washington State football team.

The decision was made Tuesday, coach Mike Leach said, to ban his players from the social media site effective immediately.

“Quite frankly, if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team,” Leach said, “and I don’t care if it says, ‘I love life,’ I would like to see it because I will suspend them.”

So, what prompted this decision?

“Because I decided to, that’s what prompted that,” Leach said.

Reached by telephone Tuesday night, athletic director Bill Moos said some “vulgar” tweets written by WSU players had been brought to his attention earlier in the day, but that he didn’t address the matter with Leach.

He supports the coach’s decision.

“I fully understand this is the youth of today and so forth, but we have to have our attention and focus on building a football program here, and our players need to have that as their priority,” Moos said. “They aren’t bashing coaches or the program or any of that, but it’s not what we want to be perceived as how our program is represented. I would endorse what Mike Leach has done. We’ve got some areas that we continue to clean up, and this apparently is one as well.”

Moos said WSU student-athletes were required to attend a social media presentation last week. He said he reads tweets every now and then to make sure players aren’t making derogatory comments about coaches or teammates.

“I’ve got kids myself, and they have Twitters and Facebooks and all that,” Moos said. “And a lot of that stuff that comes across there, it would not be approved by the Parent Teacher Association.

“(Some tweets) do not portray the image of what I want our athletes to portray, so we’ve got to learn that and adhere to it and keep our focus on the task at hand, and that’s getting things done academically and building this program.”

Leach has a Twitter account with 39,345 followers, but it’s mostly used for promotion purposes and Leach has said he doesn’t usually operate the account himself.

More in Sports

Monroe’s Kyle ‘a complete big man’

The senior can dominate on both ends of the floor.

Seahawks need Rawls to do the unthinkable — slow down

Line coach Tom Cable thinks the RB, who will get yet another chance Sunday, is pressing too hard.

Even 2 decades later, 1997 Apple Cup still resonates

Twenty years ago, WSU erased 67 years of heartache with a 41-35 win over UW in the Apple Cup.

Carroll: Seahawks cut Freeney over ‘cap concerns’

The Seahawks, who are up against the salary cap, save $400,941 by waiving the veteran defensive end.

Five storylines for 2017-18 prep boys basketball season

Five storylines to watch from the local boys basketball scene this winter:… Continue reading

Hart sets franchise shutout mark as Silvertips defeat Tri-City 3-0

The Everett Silvertips are thankful Carter Hart is back. Hart… Continue reading

Local quartet lifts the playoff-bound CWU football team

Four Snohomish County natives start for the 11-0 Wildcats.

Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an ‘ungrateful fool’

He complained again that LaVar Ball hasn’t credited him for the release by China of three basketball players.

Wesco and Cascade Conference athletes honored

Check out the 2017 all-conference teams.

Most Read