NCAA Allows Sensible Social Media Rules for Recruits
Recruiting is tough game for coaches and players, as the rules are very complex and ever changing. The NCAA is very strict in these matters and typically prefers for schools not to openly recruit a young athlete. However, the rise of social media has made this task murky and almost impossible to prevent. With a recent decision, the NCAA has actually chosen to loosen the restrictions on social media interaction between players and schools, allowing recruiters to “like”, “republish”, “favorite”, and “tag” potential recruits’ social media posts.
Ultimately, it seems as if this rule change came down to a couple logical facts. First, it’s nearly impossible for the NCAA to actually monitor the amount of activity that occurs on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. each and every day. Lost in the hundreds of “likes” a post by a player could receive may be several prospective coaches showing their support. Who possibly has the time to watch all this given the thousands of student-athletes being recruited each year?
The other concern is in regards to who actually controls a coach or school’s social media profiles. Often, the coach cannot be bothered with the whole social media interaction and has an intern or assistant coach handle the page. An unpaid intern liking a recruit’s post shouldn’t be cause for NCAA sanctions!
However, despite the new ruling, young athletes interested in continuing their playing career in college would be smart to wise up on their social media activity in general. Student-athletes and their families need to know how dangerous social media can be to your ability to earn a college scholarship.
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