Media & Technology: Web & Social
- Tunsil Tumbles in Draft After Twitter Video Emerges
by Lindsay H. Jones April 2016
Three weeks ago, Laremy Tunsil was the likely No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. Thursday, he suffered one of the biggest and most bizarre falls down the draft board in recent history, after a video of him wearing a gas mask and smoking a bong was posted on his verified Twitter account just before the start of the draft. The video -- and the entire Twitter account -- were quickly deleted, but the damage was done.
- Detroit Pistons Keep Fans Updated with Real-Time Email
by Stuart Goldman April 2016
The NBA regular season is coming to a close this week, but Detroit Pistons fans are among those looking forward to the playoffs.
And just as they have for most of the season, the Pistons will keep their fans updated during home playoff games thanks to real-time email, which updates fans with live scores and statistics.
- Twitter Wins Bid to Stream NFL Thursday Night Games
by James Covert April 2016
Twitter has blitzed its way into the NFL streaming game. Jack Dorsey's social network on Tuesday said it has inked a deal to stream 10 of the NFL's 16 Thursday night games next season.
- Leaked Tournament Bracket Bursts Midmajor Bubbles
by Nicole Auerbach March 2016
Midway through the CBS Selection Sunday show, a copy of the complete NCAA tournament bracket leaked on Twitter. As each region was unveiled on television -- slowly, over a two-hour studio show -- the selected teams perfectly matched the leak. Social media-savvy fans could get a jump-start on their TV-watching brethren in booking flights and hotels. The NCAA released a statement on the leak that read:
- News of Cubit's Firing Leaks on Social Media
by Jordan Wilson March 2016
Before 11 a.m., Saturday morning felt normal to Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek, who was attending a weekly yoga session for players at Memorial Stadium to help them stretch and stay loose. A text message sent to the team earlier that morning told Dudek to come back for a mandatory team meeting at 2 p.m., probably to meet athletic director Josh Whitman, he thought, since it was his first day on the job. On the drive home, though, Dudek found out scrolling through Twitter on his phone that Whitman would be there for more than just a meet and greet. Whitman would also be discussing his surprising decision to fire head coach Bill Cubit along with Cubit’s son, Ryan, the team’s offensive coordinator.
- Harbaugh and Jones Trade Twitter Jabs
by Dustin Dopirak March 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones took a light jab at Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh on Twitter on Wednesday for holding four spring practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He joked about crashing the open practices by having lunch there with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio.
- Social Media's Role in Crisis Management
by Vivian Marinelli February 2016
It is difficult these days to find someone not on some form of social media — especially during sports and entertainment events. The 2014 World Cup final holds the record for the most tweets per second with 9,667. The game took more than three hours to complete, accumulating more than 100 million tweets.
- Student-Athlete Given Five-Game Suspension for Tweet
by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016
Hilbert (Wis.) High School basketball player April Gehl has been suspended for five basketball games for a tweet, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.
- Columnist Suffers Broken Leg After Court Storming
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
A Des Moines Register reporter was caught in the action as Iowa State fans stormed the court after beating in-state rival Iowa in Ames Thursday night. According to the Des Moines Register, Randy Peterson suffered a compound fracture to his tibia and fibula after possibly tangling legs with another attendee during the chaos.
- A Student's Online Rap Threatening Coaches Not Protected Speech
by John T. Wolohan and Louise Chouinard November 2015
Of all the freedoms Americans possess, perhaps none are more cherished than those stated in the First Amendment.