On Tuesday, the first-year Washington State head football coach banned his players from Twitter. The Spokesman-Review reports that Leach would give no specifics for what prompted the decision, other than saying, “because I decided to, that’s what prompted that.”
WSU student-athletes were required to go to a social media seminar last week and athletic director Bill Moos said he monitors the athlete’s social media use from time to time. Moos supported Leach’s decision, saying that “we’ve got some areas to that we continue to clean up, and this apparently is one as well.”
Other schools have done the same in the past. This seems to bring up a number of First Amendment questions. Do coaches at a public institution have the right to limit free speech, even if it’s through the social media airwaves?