The coaches that ban social media are out there. What’s not out there are many of the internal memos schools are sending athletes in regard to social media conduct.
A volleyball player in a Conference USA school received this note this week.
To send a "Direct Message" to a prospect AFTER the National Letter of Intent signing
To post general information such as game scores and team/facilities updates (not created for recruiting purpose)
To "follow" or be "followed" by a prospect PRIOR to signing of NLI
To tweet about a prospect in any manner PRIOR to the singing of an NLI
To Mention or replay to a prospect via the "@" feature
To comment on a prospect's tweets (including pictures)
Mentioning, endorsing, and/or promoting commercial businesses
The NCAA has nothing to do with this. These are schools trying to get ahead of things by making sure violations don’t occur. Wanting to know more about the endorsement angle, I inquired with a Big Ten compliance officer. I was informed that an athlete can say, “I’m eating at Chipotle” but cannot say, “I’m eating at Chipotle. Come get a burrito with me.”
I’m concerned that schools are going to let their athletes Tweet or post to Facebook, but there are soon going to be so many restrictions on what they can do, that it’s going to spoil the experience.
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