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Jason Schmitt is the editor of, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Let the Spartans tweet

The big news today - so much so that it's all over the Internet and even made it as a topic on ESPN's First Take - is that Michigan State football players tweeted out jabs at Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during the Wolverines' 41-14 drubbing in Dallas. 

"Is this guy really a QB I'll say my mans (walk-on Tommy Vento) is a better QB lol" tweeted linebacker Denicos Allen, obviously taking a light-hearted jab at the former Farmington Hills Harrison quarterback.

"I can play quarterback for the school in blue," tweeted former Southfield-Lathrup star Jamal Lyles

It both amazes me, yet doesn't surprise me that the tweets took place. My Facebook wall blew up during the game, with Spartans - left and right - taking jabs at the Wolverines' performance. And Twitter is a POWERFUL tool. It's a big part of our culture. And it's big among kids aged 15-24. I guess I'm surprised there wasn't a policy in place at MSU, keeping the players in check.
I don't mind kids tweeting. MIPrepZone wouldn't be half as successful if Twitter wasn't around. We thrive on the social networking site - add us @MIPrepZone if you'd like.

I'm just curious to know what - if any - the fallout will be for the Spartans. Coach Mark Dantonio is a good coach, but he's not afraid to be brash, to be bold. On the surface, he'll probably lay into the players a bit. But in the back of his mind, he's laughing with them.

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