Column: Negligent UF football staff appears unaware of players' social media accounts – The Independent Florida Alligator
According to the University Athletic Association’s staff directory, coach Jim McElwain has over 30 employees working for him to help oversee Florida’s football program.
That’s 30-plus people tasked with developing the team’s players, running its day-to-day operations and assisting it with whatever else goes on inside the walls of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
With such a large staff, you’d think McElwain would have all of his bases covered. Any potential predicament involving the program, he’d have someone on top of it, right?
Well, there’s one aspect of this team that’s been unsettlingly neglected, and it’s becoming more and more of a problem as the season progresses.
Social media usage.
Yes, good ol’ Twitter and Facebook have been causing some issues lately for the Gators, with their players’ personal conduct on such sites appearing to be staggeringly unmonitored and unregulated.
On Sept. 30, less than two hours before Florida’s matchup with Vanderbilt, freshman running back Adarius Lemons tweeted out of frustration that it would be his “last game” with the Gators after he didn’t touch the ball against Michigan, Tennessee or Kentucky.
One week later, after UF lost its Homecoming game to LSU, redshirt senior running back Mark Thompson retweeted a post from former Florida defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr. that reads: “Tired of it…can’t even tell you how many talented offensive players I have seen come through UF during my time…not a personnel issue.”
While Lemons has since deleted his tweet, Thompson’s retweet — one that bashes and calls out his own team — is still smack-dab, right in the middle of his account, viewable by anyone who clicks on his profile.
Other questionable activity on social media from Florida players includes a photo retweeted by sophomore wide receiver Freddie Swain on Tuesday night that was captioned “B— f— you,”