In the wake of the controversy surrounding former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden on Friday sent an email to all Trojans athletes reminding them to use social media responsibly.
“This is just the latest in our effort to constantly educate our student athletes on the smart use of social media and their online presence,” athletic department spokesman Tim Tessalone said. “We start the day they get here and do it in a variety of ways — with talks, seminars, guest speakers, emails and other things.
“Pat thought this was a teachable moment.”
Before the Sun Bowl, two USC football players made disparaging remarks about El Paso on their Twitter feeds. The players and Coach Lane Kiffin later apologized.
Here is Haden’s email:
“Dear Trojan Student-Athlete:
In light of the unfortunate and still-unfolding “catfishing” situation occurring with Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, I thought it is important to remind you of the unique social media challenges you face as a USC student-athlete.