A decade ago, controlling college footballs players' access to the media was quite a bit easier. Coaches only needed to sequester their players away from the glare of cameras and microphones. Today, with nearly every player carrying a smart phone with Twitter and Facebook at their fingertips, keeping a lid on the program is nearly impossible.
It seems every week during the season, there's a new story about a college football player sticking his cleats in his mouth over something really dumb from insulting bowl host cities to more benign tweets like congratulating a recruit who has committed to the program.
Coaches and athletic departments are struggling to catch up in this age of digital media, but there's one simple step any coach can make (and some have): banning a player from speaking to the media, in person or through Twitter.
With spring football starting up across the nation, the media is back in college towns. The battle to keep focus on the field and out of the newspapers begins anew. Head coaches might be able to make their own lives a little easier by heeding our advice and banning the following 10 college football players from any contact with the media this spring.