Head Football Coach Mike Leach has released the Twitter ban imposed on the team in the fall 2012 semester.
“I took you for granted baby... I'm sooo sorry!! I'm going to cherish you with every ounce of my being! Every tweet will be GOLD!” linebacker Eric Oertel tweeted on May 16.
Leach originally implemented the ban last October, in response to a series of tweets by football players submitted to WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos by Joe Utter, a senior journalism student at the time. The tweets included derogatory comments towards women and African-Americans, as well as references to drugs and alcohol.
The removal of Twitter privileges sparked a debate in the community about free speech and prior restraint. In October, Leach offered no estimation of when the ban would be lifted. He instigated a similar policy in 2009 as the coach at Texas Tech University.
“Will see how long this lasts,” junior quarterback Connor Halliday tweeted.