Think before you push “Tweet”

by Jeff Fisher

Jeff twitterThree years ago when I asked Jason Strunk to write The Turnaround, I knew his blog would be interesting and insightful.

During that time, Strunky has been completely open about the challenges of  turning around a program that hasn’t had a winning season since the mid-70’s.  The response from our readers and coaches around America has been incredible. Strunky is constantly offering help to other coaches, who ask him questions after reading his blog.

With that as the backdrop, it was disappointing to see a phony Twitter account pop-up on Saturday after the Westerners’ lost to Andrews 60-8.

Someone, I’m assuming in the Lubbock area, created an account with the Twitter handle @NotStrunky. The tweets that came off the account were not vicious, but in my perspective were out of line.

The point of me writing about this is because all too often I hear coaches talk about the increasing pressures associated with educating young men in the classroom, on the field and in the game of life.  The pressure comes from all directions – parents, fans, the media, etc.

The good news is that this “fan” deleted the account. The bad news is, situations like this will continue to happen more and more because people are hiding behind their internet keyboards.

My suggestion to all – before you tweet something, consider the “tweet” button like the trigger on a gun. It can do some real damage if you pull/push it.

The same goes for Facebook

 

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.