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STEWART F. HOUSE/Special Contrib PLAYERS: Marcell Ateman, WR, Wylie East. Ateman (left in photo), who is orally committed to Oklahoma State, is on Twitter. His high school coaches warned him about making posts that would reflect poorly on him. "They let me know not to put any stuff on there because they know people will be looking. So I don't really put anything like that on there."
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Brad Loper HIGH SCHOOL COACHES: Reginald Samples, Skyline. “Just like we talk about academics and discipline, now we talk about social media. I've seen it to where our kids get so vocal with other schools, they start talking about 'meet me at the bowling alley.' And then it becomes a fight, or a problem. I can't do every little thing, but when Coach [Jason] Garrett comes to me and says 'Hey Coach, this guy has done this, that and the other,' he's done his job. Now, I've got to be the bad guy that stands in front of the team and says if you do it again, you're done with the Skyline football team.”
John F. Rhodes HIGH SCHOOL COACHES: Claude Mathis, DeSoto. “There haven’t been any problems recently. When it first started to heat up, I didn’t like some of the things that were being said. Especially because when they’re getting recruited, colleges that have people that just do that, that monitor kids’ facebook and Twitter accounts. I don’t want the college recruiters to come back to me and say, he’s tweeting this and he’s Facebooking that so we don’t know about his character now. I think Twitter and Facebook really hurts these kids because I don’t think these kids are educated enough to stay off Twitter and Facebook.”
LOUIS DeLUCA/Staff Photographer HIGH SCHOOL COACHES: Steve Lineweaver, Euless Trinity. "It’s really frightening out there. It’s so easy to blurt out things. It’s kind of like when you come around the corner of the dressing room, kids see you when they’re having their little conversations and quickly say, ‘Shh, shh, shh, here comes coach.’ We want them to talk on Twitter or Facebook as if coach is in there all the time.” On the idea of banning his team from using social media: “Wow. Boy, if I could do that I would. If I can’t control it then I’m not going to ban it. I’d love to.”
JOHN F. RHODES HIGH SCHOOL COACHES: Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll. “I don’t have a Facebook account personally but I do have a coach that monitors the kids for me and brings anything to my attention that he thinks I need to know. We constantly remind our players to make good decisions not only on the football field but more importantly, in life. I’m kind of old school when it comes to technology. But I’ll tell you what, if you’re not adapting, and don’t have a plan for it, you’re going to get left behind. In our program we do have a plan. We try to educate our kids on how to handle themselves.”
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Lara Solt COLLEGE COACHES: Mack Brown, Texas. “They need to learn from it. Some of them make mistakes and have to learn from it. If they put something on it that’s very inappropriate, we tell them to get it off and we call their parents. We do have the right to take it away but we’d rather not. We’d rather have them learn how to use it because it’s here, and by the time they have children, who knows? The coaches are trying to get me on Twitter, so I got on this summer. You can make a whole state mad in about 13 seconds.”
KEVIN KRECK COLLEGE COACHES: Gary Patterson, TCU. “I kind of go back to the old family values, anything that gets said within the family is one thing, but nobody else talks about your family. If somebody’s out on Twitter, saying things that either hurt you from a personal standpoint or you’re giving away information gameplan-wise or anything like that, you’re affecting people’s lives. If you want to talk about what kind of shirt I have on today or who I went out with last night, in this day and age I think you got let people express themselves about themselves.”
G.J. McCARTHY/Staff Photographer COLLEGE COACHES: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech. Tuberville is on Twitter and tweets sometimes three times a day. “There’s going to be more than tweeting in a couple years. I’m not going to try to keep up with it and ban it. Kids have to be smart. You got to educate them in that as well as you do in english and math and science. Of course you’re going to have problems.”On his experience with Twitter: "It’s been good. I mean, you’re going to get wackos but you got to use it the right way. I think it’s a great way to communicate and to recruit and to get your message out.”
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