Ryan Black: Tre Mason's tweet perfect response to 'trash talk'

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 29, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — Practicing common sense on social media networks is something that should come as second nature to Auburn’s football players by now.

Even so, they still receive constant reminders from the coaching staff about watching what they post, be it something controversial in nature or would provide the dreaded “bulletin board” material for an opponent.

“Coach (Gus) Malzahn mentioned that (Sunday) and said pretty much ‘Don’t post anything,’” tight end C.J. Uzomah said. “He said, ‘If you have to even think about it, don’t post it. If you have to (go) ‘I wonder?’ Nope, just stop, just erase everything, get off of Twitter, and go to sleep or something.’”

Dee Ford said he’s never had that problem.

How does the senior defensive end avert any potential issues?

Easy.

He said he sticks to posting “motivational” quotes only.

“I never really tweet anything personal,” he said. “I’ve always done that — just to keep myself out of trouble. I just post pictures. I never really post anything I’m personally thinking. That’s a big mistake.”

Sometimes, this process works in reverse — with social media outlets providing a means to set the record straight or put an end to contrived squabbles — as Tre Mason proved Wednesday night. During his meeting with reporters on Tuesday, the junior running back was asked about his thoughts on Alabama’s top-ranked rushing defense and how Auburn’s imposing ground game would fare when the two squared off Saturday.

Mason answered candidly.

“I'm pretty confident,” he said. "We've been running it all year.”

This seemingly-inoffensive comment was not taken as such by Kevin Scarbinsky. The AL.com sports columnist raked Mason over the proverbial coals for what he viewed as unnecessary bravado, writing that “there’s a fine line between confidence and foolishness.”

Mason responded to this characterization Wednesday evening.

“I was not trash-talking in any way,” he tweeted from his personal account. “That is not what I do! I am confident in our team. That is all.”

Warding off a potential war of words was the last thing Auburn’s coaching staff wanted to deal with during the lead-up to Saturday’s tussle with the Crimson Tide.

By replying in such a mature, measured manner, Mason showed the coaching staff’s social media directive hadn’t fallen on deaf ears.

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