CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Planning on following Maryland basketball players during the season?
"We have a sabbatical on Twitter during the season," coach Gary Williams said at ACC media day. "I think it's gotten to be more severe. A player might not mean anything, but it comes out wrong or someone reads into it wrong and it just causes a problem on the team. So why deal with it? We just shut it down for a while."
Williams said there was no specific tipping point, but acknowledged his team is not the only one nationally that won't be exporting thoughts of 140 characters or less throughout the season.
"You saw other schools --- Missouri banned it," Williams said. "A couple other schools did. Carolina banned it. It's the old safe rather than sorry kind of thing."
Williams said the ban doesn't extend to other sites, though he noted the team's Facebook policy is players cannot be on the social networking site after 11 p.m.