Ah, rage in an age of social media and smartphones… not the best mix.
In the age of social media, coaches find themselves sending messages that occasionally are at odds with each other. They want their players on an emotional high for each game while carefully avoiding the type of misstep that occurred at Tennessee and BYU.
Arizona State senior associate athletic director of football Tim Cassidy said his school has coaches and administrators on the sidelines helping prevent any potential conflicts between players and fans. Cassidy said Arizona State’s players are reminded that “you can’t focus on the game if you’re chit-chatting or going back and forth with anybody who paid $70 to come watch you play.”
Then again, maybe the trick is to get your back-and-forth in before the game, when nobody’s paying attention. That seemed to have worked out for Jordan Jenkins last weekend.
“That’s just why I love away games so much,” he said. “That hostility just fuels even more. I love when people talk trash. I like practicing in a way to where I want somebody to get mad and try to fight me because that’s going to make me get mad and even practice harder.”
Hey, it was Vandy. Sometimes you do what you gotta do to get the juices flowing.