AUBURN, Ala. Practicing common sense on social media networks is something that should come as second nature to Auburns 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 Dont post anything, tight end C.J. Uzomah said. He said, If you have to even think about it, dont 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 hes never had that problem.
How does the senior defensive end avert any potential issues?
He said he sticks to posting motivational quotes only.
I never really tweet anything personal, he said. Ive always done that just to keep myself out of trouble. I just post pictures. I never really post anything Im personally thinking. Thats 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 Alabamas top-ranked rushing defense and how Auburns 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 theres 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 Auburns coaching staff wanted to deal with during the lead-up to Saturdays tussle with the Crimson Tide.
By replying in such a mature, measured manner, Mason showed the coaching staffs social media directive hadnt fallen on deaf ears.