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Hawkeye basketball team told to “shut down” Twitter accounts

[ 0 ] February 24, 2014 |

Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has instructed all of his players to “shut down” their Twitter accounts until the conclusion of the season following an ugly exchange between fans and senior forward Zach McCabe.

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Fran McCaffery

“My overall impressions of social media are negative, for the very reason of what we just experienced,” McCaffery told reporters during the Monday Big 10 teleconference. “It’s not something we can dwell on. I think what we have to do, and what I’ve done, is to tell all of our players to shut down their Twitter accounts until the season is over.”

McCaffery said the decision came after a healthy discussion with the team this weekend after a disappointing 79-74 home loss to Wisconsin. The loss effectively, though not yet mathematically, knocked the Hawkeyes out of contention for the Big Ten regular season title. McCabe, who started the game, fouled out with zero points and short-armed a three-point attempt during a crucial juncture at the end of the game. Hawkeye fans on social media took aim at McCabe, who responded with a profane tweet before deleting it and apologizing.

“So they’re not going to be on Twitter, they’re not going to be tweeting, they’re not going to be getting tweets,” McCaffery said. “I think that’s probably the smartest thing to do.”

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