[caption id="attachment_52695" align="alignleft" width="150"] Daniel Hour, who works with new media at the University of Washington, suggests athletes shouldn't go on Twitter within 24 hours after a game.[/caption]

The popularity of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram among NCAA athletes has ripped down curtains that have long shielded high-profile athletic programs.

A photo or 140-character post suddenly provides instant access of the kind closed locker rooms and carefully regulated news conferences rarely permit. It also allows for instant feedback from the public—fans and critics alike.

See Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel flashing a wad of cash at...

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