Bob Stoops has a Twitter account, but it's protected.
That means he gets to pick and choose who sees his tweets, who interacts with him, who comes into his social media world.
That means he has little idea of how unfiltered Twitter can be.
If the Oklahoma football coach knew, he wouldn't have said what he did a week ago at Big 12 Media Days.
At least, you hope he wouldn't have.
Stoops was asked about fans contacting recruits on Twitter. Such contact constitutes an NCAA violation, but that hasn't stopped many college football fans from taking to the social media site and trying to sway recruits to their school.
“That's something that's becoming part of it,” Stoops acknowledged.
Then he looked at the reporter who asked the question, Carey Murdock of Rivals.com.
“We may hire you to govern our social media with the fans,” he said.
That drew a laugh from the media around him.
“I'm not kidding,” he continued. “I don't see it stopping. In today's world, once things get rolling, it's not stopping.
“You hear that OU fans? We have to get on board.”
During a summer in which Stoops has said some controversial things, this tops the list.
A couple days ago, OU tried to close the barn door even though horses were already out, and ironically, it did so through the football program's official Twitter account.
“Stoops: Comment in Dallas on Twitter wasn't meant literally,” the tweet read. “Reminder — NCAA prohibits fan contact (with) prospects in person, via phone, online.”
But everyone involved with college athletics knows that policing fans' Twitter contact with recruits is nearly impossible. Search high and low, and you won't find any school that has been even so much as reprimanded for a fan contacting a recruit via Twitter.
Now, that might change.
It came to light Monday that Dick Costolo committed an NCAA violation over the weekend when he tweeted at two Michigan recruits. He is a Michigan fan, and his tweet to Wolverine commits Wilton Speight and George Campbell broke NCAA rules.
Costolo is also the CEO of Twitter.
As funny as that story is, it's tame compared to some of the things that recruits endure on Twitter. Constant tweets that border on harassment. Amorous tweets that border on stalking.
But it's when a kid picks a school that thing can get truly disturbing.
Jabrill Peppers, one of the top players in this year's recruiting class, committed to Michigan earlier this year. When the cornerback did, it brought out some ugly comments.
One tweeter with a Florida logo as his avatar wrote, “Michigan sucks and you suck at rapping punk”, then added some profanity for good measure.
Damian Prince, a five-star offensive lineman from Maryland, received death threats from some fans. He told The Washington Post that some sent pictures flashing guns.
“If you don't come to our school,” one threatened, “we'll kill you and your family.”
“We know where you live,” another said.
Every college football fan who's on Twitter isn't evil or kooky or some combination thereof, but unfortunately, there are plenty who are. And when their target becomes a 17- or 18-year-old high school recruit, it can get ugly.
So, why would Stoops encourage his fans to jump into the cesspool?
Lest you think his comments were meant to be sarcastic, I asked one of our reporters who was there when Stoops' comments were made. He said that the coach seemed quite serious.
Murdock said something similar when asked via Twitter.
And hey, when have we ever known Stoops to joke with the media about much of anything? He'd just as soon joke with us as get a root canal, so it stands to reason that he was being serious about fans reaching out to recruits on Twitter.
Which brings me back to my belief that Stoops can't possibly understand what he advocated.
Unlock that Twitter account, Bob, and I bet you might think again about unleashing fans on a bunch of teenagers.
Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.