Florida State University football student-athletes voted in a players-only meeting on Sunday night (October 9, 2011) to implement a ban on the use of social-media. According to a FoxSports.com article, FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher “said he did not ban the use of Twitter and Facebook”, but the coach “has preached the pitfalls of reading and responding to comments from fans”. Fisher stated “I don’t think it’s smart. There’s no benefit. Tell me a benefit for getting on it? Because the only thing that comes back is negative. They read all the stuff that people say. I’ve told them, ‘Be careful. Don’t listen to it and don’t reply back.'”
FoxSports.com noted the football programs at Boise State University and New Mexico State Universities banned student-athletes’ use of Twitter before the 2010 season. the University of Miami also implemented the ban last season under then-head football coach Randy Shannon, “but new coach Al Golden lifted the ban”.
FSU’s official social-media sites will remain active despite the student-athlete ban.