Butch bans Twitter, player cleared to play

Butch Davis

October 14, 2010 9:09:59 PM PDT
UNC Head Football Coach Butch Davis banned his players from using Twitter on Thursday.The move to no longer allow use of the microblogging service comes after recent troubles with fullback Devon Ramsay.

He paraphrased a line from rapper Big Sean about all his teammates getting money, so he calls them "gang green." A couple days later; he posted a highly questionable photo. Ramsay is still being withheld from playing for precautionary NCAA measures.

Defensive end Quinton Coples is also getting some heat for something he said on his Twitter account.

Meanwhile late Thursday, senior tailback Ryan Houston was cleared to play his first game of the season according to TarHeelBlue.com. Houston was held out of the first five games, while the university worked with the NCAA to determine his eligibility status.

UNC's football program has been under investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct since the summer.

Since the NCAA first visited the campus in July, the review has been focused on the close friendship between former assistant coach John Blake and California-based agent Gary Wichard, as well as trips and gifts that were given to the football players.

The NCAA is handling the investigation into the agent-related benefits, while the school has led the probe into academic issues that are connected to a former tutor whom Davis also hired to tutor his son. While the school has not specified which players are linked to which issues, the university's athletic director has said that some of players are involved in both.

So far three players have been removed from the team, while about nine others remain on the sidelines until their names are cleared.

Davis has said the program will do more to educate players and their families about what NCAA rules about improper benefits, ranging from seminars to simple informational pamphlets.

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