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The NCAA’s new social media rules take effect today

It’s August 1, which means that the NCAA’s new recruiting rules are officially in effect. Most of the rules pertain to social media, specifically, what coaches can and cannot tweet. Starting today, coaches can now like, retweet, favorite, share, or repost a recruit’s post on any public social media platform; however, they cannot comment on, tag, or mention the recruit in their own words.

Basically, coaches will now go by the “click don’t comment” rule of thumb, meaning that as long as the coach doesn’t say anything in that “click,” it’s allowed.

Some examples, via Reddit:

  • Coach retweets recruit with no comment. Tweets separately 1 minute later, “Great drive. Can really move his feet.” PERMISSIBLE
  • Coach likes a status on Facebook. In the comment section he puts the thumbs up emoji. IMPERMISSIBLE
  • Coach shares an article about recruit on Facebook. PERMISSIBLE
  • Coach tags recruit when sharing that article. IMPERMISSIBLE
  • Coach retweets recruit while recruit is on official visit. IMPERMISSIBLE
  • This one technically falls under publicity while on a visit. It is permissible to retweet the recruit as soon as they leave campus.

The UK Football coaching staff is already hard at work…

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6 Comments for The NCAA’s new social media rules take effect today



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    10:44 am August 1, 2016 Permalink

    These rules are a total farce. Just the choice of retweeting is a form of comment in and of itself, so why not let them comment as they wish?



  2. Mathlete
    10:48 am August 1, 2016 Permalink

    Can we just do away with the dead periods? If a coach is creeping a kid out or talking to him too much the kid (or their parents) will say so.



  3. Chad
    12:16 pm August 1, 2016 Permalink

    I wonder if Michigan State will reach out to Draymond Green to lead their social media account?



  4. runningunnin.454
    12:55 pm August 1, 2016 Permalink

    The NCAA is actually policing this stuff….but, strippers and hookers and academic fraud are obviously o.k.!



  5. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:25 pm August 1, 2016 Permalink

    Wow. NCAA is getting way too involved with this. It’s permissible to RT a recruit, except when that recruit is on an official visit.



  6. J-Dub421
    5:27 pm August 1, 2016 Permalink

    The NCAA has jurisdiction over when/how coaches and players can use twitter, but no jurisdiction over UNC committing 18 years of mass scale academic fraud. That makes sense.