To those who participate on social networking sites, including NinerNation.net, please read the following request. While I may disagree with the rules, I understand the intent of the rules.
[B][SIZE=3][COLOR=Green]Boosters and fans have always been prohibited from recruiting, or attempting to recruit, prospective student-athletes. There are many Internet websites and social networking programs that allow forms of communication between people, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and others. It is VERY important to remember that the same prohibition on boosters and fans recruiting prospective student-athletes applies to online communication as well. If you are a booster or a fan of Charlotte 49ers Athletics, we ask that you refrain from contacting prospective student-athletes (9th grade or above) regarding anything about the university, including through social networking websites such as Facebook. Even a comment such as “49ers are great, you’d love it here!”, when posted by a Charlotte 49ers booster or fan on a prospective-student athlete’s social networking page, could possibly prove troublesome. Please refrain from contacting any prospective student-athlete about the Charlotte 49ers if you are a booster or fan, including through social networking websites and programs. Remember any communication via message boards, chat rooms, walls, comments, blogs, IM, etc. is not permissible. The Charlotte 49ers appreciates and values your support for49ers Athletics.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]
Here is an article you should read for reference: [URL=http://www.technicianonline.com/sports/facebook-you-have-one-ncaa-violation-1.1647898][B][U]Facebook: you have one NCAA violation[/U][/B][/URL], The Technician
There are times when the other Mods and I get concerned that we’re crossing the line here (myself included). Rule of thumb - if you have to ask, do so, but until then, assume the contact is a no-no. I’d hate to hurt the program because we got a little too excited about recruiting.
How do they regulate this, what if I made a Facebook page with a bogus name and had Xavier stuff all over it, then went to a recruits page and told him to go to X over and over, wouldn’t X get in trouble for something I did…
I would say that a general interpretation is that you may accept them as a friend/follower should they request it, but you should not have contact with them. Sort of defeats the entire purpose, doesn’t it.
[QUOTE=EE9er;420263]How do they regulate this, what if I made a Facebook page with a bogus name and had Xavier stuff all over it, then went to a recruits page and told him to go to X over and over, wouldn’t X get in trouble for something I did…[/QUOTE]
I asked that same question about the monitoring of many high school athletes, and even those who are in college. I guess Big Brother can eventually discover the answers.
How do they regulate this, what if I made a Facebook page with a bogus name and had Xavier stuff all over it, then went to a recruits page and told him to go to X over and over, wouldn't X get in trouble for something I did.....
[QUOTE=J Felt;420274]I saw somebody @ reply to Guyn and could sense the AD getting antsy about it. Its such a thin line.
The basic rule of thumb is don’t contact the recruit, at all, let the reporters answer your questions and let the coaches recruit him.[/QUOTE]
May have been me but I doubt the AD got antsy about it because I don’t count them in my followers and the tweet was as harmless as could be (opens self up to barrage of criticism).
The fact is that the NCAA just can’t enforce these rules because it’s going on EVERYWHERE. If you look up other HS prospects (such as future Tar Hole Kendall Marshall) on twitter and then search for their @replies you’ll see plenty of “glad you’re coming here” type messages.
Now, while I agree that it should be discouraged and I would never make a habit of it, sometimes I think we get a bit paranoid around these parts because we have this 49er fan mentality that the NCAA is out to get us (they’re not).
You can comment on a prospect, post stories, point out how he can help the program, why you think the school is a good fit, etc. You just can’t direct the communication to or at the player. That’s my understanding.
One question: Does the rule change once the Letter of Intent is signed?