Week 11: Twitter and Facebook

Social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are all the rage and have been for quite some time. Naturally, as these sites have evolved into playing a greater role in our culture, they have also evolved into being used in the recruiting world. With this evolution into recruiting, questions have been raised on what NCAA rules allow to occur with these sites.

Generally, the NCAA only allows “electronic correspondence” in the forms of e-mail and faxes in terms of communicating with recruits. Therefore, coaches and staff (which includes Herbst Academic Center tutors) cannot write on “walls” of prospects, comments on their status, post comments on photographs, etc.
Also, when updating a Facebook or Twitter status, prospects cannot be singled out or named. Statuses must be kept general, rather than specific.

Since e-mail is allowed, coaches/staff can use the “inbox” function on Facebook or the direct message function on Twitter to contact recruits.

Direct any questions to Jill or Corey.

Post submitted by Mindy Sclaro

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