Washington State Cougars coach Mike Leach bans players from Twitter

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Cougars players aren't to use Twitter at all, even to tweet about the joys of life.

Washington State Cougars coach Mike Leach announced his players were banned from using Twitter, Christian Caple of the Spokesman Review reported on Tuesday.

Leach became the latest coach to ban the popular social networking site. Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher banned his team from using Twitter earlier this summer.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen implemented a Twitter ban last year, and soon Kansas coach Turner Gill and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier followed.

The normally outspoken Leach was a bit blunt in his reasoning, saying, "I decided." He also said he doesn't even want to see players tweeting, "I love life."

Tweeting among athletes has been a hot topic that usually results in a lot of feet placed in mouths. Florida State defensive back Tyler Hunter prompted his team's ban after the sophomore went on a rant about killing police officers after he was pulled over in a traffic stop.

Leach told reporters that if they see a tweet from any of his players to let him know so that he could suspend him. Caple says he was joking a bit with the statement.

The Cougars are 2-5 overall this year under Leach and still searching for their first Pac-12 win. They play No. 17 Stanford on the road on Saturday.

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