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Handpicked Highlights: Don't Tweet From the Stadium!

Tim Cary

Today's edition of Handpicked Highlights covers college football from one extreme of the social media landscape to the other.  We'll start with the good.

Penn State launches new football website.  The new online home of Nittany Lion football,, features interactive content galore, including links to Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube. 
In general, Big Ten schools seem to have done an admirable job learning how to mesh their football programs and Twitter.  Jay Paterno tweeted today about the offensive gameplan, while Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald solicited questions from fans online.
CFB: Ohio State vs Northwestern Nov 8
And that brings us to the not-so-happy news in the world of the average 21st-century football fan...

SEC cracks down on in-venue blogging, tweeting, and anything else seen as technologically inventiveBleacher Report has the story about the new SEC media policy and what it means for fans' ability to follow games online. 

The rules seem to not only prohibit what credentialed media members can and cannot do, but set down strict guidelines for ticketholding fans as well.  Let's just summarize it this way: don't plan on sending a "twitpic" from Bryant-Denny Stadium anytime soon. 

While the news doesn't directly affect the Big Ten at the moment, the guess here is that every conference will have to address the Twitter phenomenon at some point.  Hopefully, the Big Ten won't come down quite as hard on real-time in-venue information as the league down south has.

Michigan had a good reason to kick Justin Feagin off the team. 
The Detroit Free Press explains in eye-opening detail the chain of events that got Feagin a one-way ticket out of Ann Arbor.
Michigan Wolverines v Ohio State Buckeyes
Not a lot more to say about that story, besides that it's sad.  Rumors had suggested that Feagin was headed to Appalachian State after leaving the Wolverines, but after the Free Press report came out, there's not much chance of that.    

Time to memorize the names of the offensive linemen.
  Admit it, we barely know the name of our own team's guards, tackles, and center (except the one who's always committing holding penalties), let alone the other 50 offensive line starters in the Big Ten. 

If that's you, Bleacher Report's Ryan Jelley has the tutorial you need, ranking the conference's units from No. 11 to No. 1.  (Hawkeye fans should be happy...)

Big Ten Network on location at your favorite school!  You've probably heard all about it by now, but just in case...

Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, and Howard Griffith of the Big Ten Network will be broadcasting from each school's campus to preview the upcoming football season and give an inside look at practice.  The tour starts tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio, and all the details are available on the BTN website here.

Michigan State kicking Bears out of Soldier Field?  The Detroit News reported over the weekend that Michigan State's 2010 non-conference game at Florida Atlantic could take place in a decidedly northern climate.  FAU's new stadium (currently under construction) won't be ready until 2011, so the Owls appear to be seriously considering moving the game to the Midwest to make extra money in ticket sales.
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Road games are always dangerous for any team in any season, so although this story's still a year away, Spartan fans should be excited about the opportunity to be considered the "visitor" and still have 50,000 more fans than their opponent, as a Soldier Field or Ford Field meeting would provide. 



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